Usha Chakrabarti Oral History Interview Transcript

Usha Chakrabarti Oral History Interview Transcript
Sravya Tadepalli
In this interview, Usha Chakrabarti talks about her life in India and her experience adjusting to the United States. Interview highlights include Chakrabarti’s memories of traveling back to India after moving to the United States and her contributions to HP’s research in inkjet printers. Interview audio:
Local Collection Name
Indian-Americans in Corvallis, Oregon Oral History Collection, 2016-2018 (OH 37)
Oregon Multicultural Archives OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Primary Set
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Oregon State University
Biographical Information
Usha Chakrabarti was born in Bombay in the early 1940s. She studied chemistry and did her master’s degree at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, where she met her husband, Sankar Chakrabarti. After moving to Corvallis, Chakrabarti began working in HP’s Research and Development Lab, where she worked in the development of ink pens for printers. Chakrabarti has been an active member of the Corvallis community, serving as a mentor for Saturday Academy students and volunteering for Benton County Democrats. She has two children, Meghna and Samidh, who both graduated from Crescent Valley High School as valedictorians. Meghna is co-host of NPR’s nationally syndicated news program On Point, and Samidh is now the head of civic engagement at Facebook.