Farmington Hills woman among Oakland County’s elite 40

Shantha Kumari Rajendran
Shantha Kumari Rajendran (contributed photo)

Shantha Kumari Rajendran, 36, has been named among Oakland County’s Elite 40 Under 40.

According to information posted on the county’s website, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s seven-year-old initiative “recognizes and spotlights dynamic leaders under the age of 40 who are making a difference in Oakland County and beyond.” Patterson will announce the winner during his February 7 State of the County address.

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Rajendran, who is a Staff Engineer-Systems Lead for Panasonic Automotive, is a 15-year veteran of the automotive industry as an Embedded Systems Engineer. She specializes in Human Machine Interface and User Experience and has filed 10 automotive patents, two of which were recently approved. She has submitted several technical papers to Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Society for Information Displays (SID) conferences, and is an active SAE volunteer.

“Shantha was the first woman in her family to finish school, university, become an engineer, work in the USA, get a masters degree with honors,” her husband Ganapathy Lakshmanaperumal writes. “She has great balance between her career and family.”

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Rajendran holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering and a master’s in Management. A Stanford Certified Project Manager, she is pursuing her second master’s degree at Harvard University.

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