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Shrirang “Ranga” Deshpande, Honorary IT Director, Institut Jules Bordet at the University of Brussels

Ranga Deshpande
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Name: Shrirang “Ranga” Deshpande
Title: Honorary IT director
Company Name:Institut Jules Bordet, an accredited comprehensive cancer center at the University of Brussels
Company’s Function: Healthcare
HQ: Brussels, Belgium
Years in IT: 37

The biggest challenge our data center is facing today is full, 24-7 high availability.

The next big thing for our business will be cognitive computing.

My favorite IBM product is IBM Watson* because it’s what optimal healthcare and the advancement of other humanitarian fields need.

If I weren’t in IT, I’d want to be a doctor.

My favorite activity outside of work is walking and reading.

My favorite musical artist is Ravi Shankar and Yehudi Menuhin.

The best movie I’ve seen recently is “The Lady in the Van.”

My guilty pleasure is a glass of red wine.

My favorite or most impacting book is “The Slave” (and all other books by Isaac Bashevis Singer).

The superpower I wish I had is to know all of the languages of the world.

If money were no object, the one thing I’d purchase is adequate shelter and sufficient food for all, all the time.

The innovation that’s made the biggest impact on my life is the computer (integrated circuits) and mobile phone.

The geekiest thing I’ve ever done is invent and submit for patent an airborne particles sampler. I was an active, young scientist and also recognized as a fellow of the Indian College of Allergy and Applied Immunology.

If I were stuck on a desert island, the one item I’d want is a machete.

The trends affecting my work are genomic research, Internet of Everything, mobile computing and search engines.

The favorite part of my day is evening cooking, doing the dishes and walking afterward.

The business skill I’d most like to acquire or improve is efficient communication.

I ended up in IT when I could not find a suitable aerobiology research position.

My greatest mentor has been my parents.



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