Ajay Bhatt is an Indian American computer architect who is currently the Chief Client Platform Architect at Intel. Growing up in India, Bhatt’s parents told him he could do anything if he put his mind to it. He describes himself as ‘the kind of guy who buys stuff from IKEA simply because it’s fun to build things’. Despite becoming known as a ‘Tech Rock Star’ after featuring in an Intel commercial, Bhatt is careful to describe himself as the “co-creator” of USB, giving a nod to other Intel workers who had a hand in its creation. However, the creation of the USB is a testament to his hard work, determination and creativity, enabling all computers and gadgets to cooperate and talk to each other in the same language. Bhatt also sees a positive in his cult fame – he gets to talk to groups of students frequently and tell them it’s cool to be smart. Bhatt currently leads research and development of next generation Client Platform architecture and is an Intel Fellow, an honour given to those who have demon- strated technical leadership and made outstanding contributions to the company and the industry.
Praise for Ajay Bhatt
"Bhatt helped define and develop several widely used technologies, including USB (Universal Serial Bus), AGP (Accelerated Graphics Port), PCI express, Platform Power management architecture and various chipset improvements. Bhatt holds 31 US patents, and several others are in various stages of filing. He received an Achievement in Excellence Award for his contribution in PCI Express specification development in 2002. He featured in the July 2010 issue of GQ India as one of ‘The 50 Most Influential Global Indians’. In 1998, 2003 and 2004, he was nominated to take part in a Distinguished Lecture Series at leading universities in the United States and Asia."