Vanitha is a Vice President of Software Engineering at Qualcomm Technologies Incorporated. Vanitha holds a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, and a BS degree from PSG College of Technology, India. Vanitha has spent nearly 20 years in the wireless telecommunications industry and has also contributed actively to cellular technology standards. She has more than fifteen issued patents. At Qualcomm, Vanitha leads the modem SW air interface technology (3G/4G/5G) teams across multiple global locations. Vanitha played a key role in the commercialization and launch of CDMA in Qualcomm’s chipsets in early/mid 2000. She led the 4G SW technology team and has been responsible for integration, commercialization and launch of 4G in 1000s of products globally. Vanitha is passionate about the role of women in science and technology. She has chaired and put together panels for the Grace Hopper and IEEE women leadership conferences. She is one of the recipients of the prestigious YWCA TWIN (Tribute to Women and Industry) award for 2016.