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Degree Class of 1991
B.S. Computer Science

Pradeep Raman

Enterprise and Partner Group Lead, Microsoft

Armstrong alum Pradeep Raman has taken his talent for computer science to international heights, meeting with three prime ministers and arranging for Microsoft to donate 120,000 laptops to school-age children in Trinidad and Tobago.

“That initiative is really transforming the educational system of the country,” he explains. “It’s extremely important to understand the role technology can play in transforming lives. Many of these kids will grow up with the same tools as children in the U.S. and will have the potential to come back and change the country’s economy and make a lasting impact.”

Pradeep starting working for Microsoft 17 years ago as a consultant and currently serves as the general manager for the company’s office in Trinidad and Tobago, where he is responsible for overall operations in 19 countries across the Caribbean. A member of Microsoft’s elite Worldwide Senior Leader Bench Program, he meets with heads of nations and cabinet-level ministers to establish innovative partnerships that benefit citizens throughout the region.

An accomplished technology executive, Pradeep was recently featured in Forbes magazine for his international business savvy and has been honored with the Microsoft Achievement Award and the Microsoft Gold Star Award.

“Microsoft is a very fast-paced and dynamic environment,” he says. “In the emerging market economies, that’s even more true. My position is extremely challenging and rewarding. I have overall accountability for Microsoft’s profit and loss in that whole region. Managing the company’s image in that area is a big part of my job.”

Originally from India, Pradeep decided to study Computer Science at Armstrong, attending the university on a four-year tennis scholarship. A tennis ace, he ultimately won the NCAA Division II Men’s Singles Tennis Championship in 1991, helping the university’s tennis program achieve national recognition. Armstrong awarded him the prestigious President’s  Cup in 1991, in honor of his outstanding contribution to the college.

“Armstrong has been pivotal and central in my life in many ways,” he explains. “It was a very positive experience that gave me a great foundation. I honed my work ethic and my problem-solving skills at Armstrong. It was a great training ground for me. I have a great debt of gratitude to Armstrong for the lessons I learned along the way.”

While pursuing a degree in Computer Science, Pradeep particularly enjoyed the opportunity to apply what he learned in the classroom to real world application development. “That kind of work really helped me prepare for success in the job world,” he says.

After graduating from Armstrong, Pradeep worked as a programmer analyst at International Paper in Savannah and Blockbuster Entertainment in Ft. Lauderdale. He first began working with Microsoft in 1998 and quickly rose up the corporate ladder, developing his management skills.

“Having a foundation of technical knowledge has added a lot to my career,” he says. “At Microsoft, we are in a very technical industry. Knowing how technology works first-hand has been critical to my career with Microsoft.”