Surinder Kumar Choudhari (BS Mech Egr '64) was selected as the recipient of the Joon S. Moon Distinguished International Alumni Award presented by International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University. The award, named for an eminent Korean-American businessman, recognizes international alumni who have brought special credit to MSU through professional achievements and contributions to international understanding.
Over the past 40 years, Choudhari has left an indelible mark on India and the world due to his incredible business sense and his unwavering commitment to business ethics. Shortly after graduating - with honors - from Michigan State in 1964, Choudhari returned home to India and founded his own engineering business focused on developing and manufacturing components for the automotive and construction industries. He maintained an international focus, collaborating with a German company to pioneer suspension seating in India.
Today, Choudhari's company has expanded to nine manufacturing sites, providing jobs to more than 1,000 people and providing components to major manufacturing companies throughout India. His fellow industrialists have recognized his contributions by electing him Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industries for the state of Karnataka for two consecutive years. Choudhari is widely known for his honesty, integrity, and professionalism - values that he has instilled in his namesake Surin Group companies and, with his wife Sunita, in his three sons, all of whom have become leaders in their own right in the business world.