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Alumnus Gaurav Garg and his wife, Komal Shah, help forward the university’s mission by serving in numerous leadership roles, and generously supporting student scholarships and transformative faculty research
Although they both grew up in Ahmedabad, India, Gaurav Garg, BS ’88, BS ’88, MS ’90, and Komal Shah met in California. “We had to travel thousands and thousands of miles in order to find one another,” explains Komal lightheartedly. Now longtime residents of the San Francisco Bay Area, the couple has been married for 22 years and has a son, Bijoy, a Class of 2024 student in the McKelvey School of Engineering, and a daughter, Ellie.
Today, they also are among Washington University’s most active volunteer leaders. A tech entrepreneur, venture capitalist and founding partner of Wing Venture Capital, Gaurav has served on Washington University’s Board of Trustees since 2018 and the McKelvey Engineering National Council since 2015. The university and engineering school both have recognized him with Distinguished Alumni Awards.
Earlier this year, Komal joined the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts National Council and the Kemper Art Museum’s collections committee. A former engineer and tech industry executive, she is an avid collector of contemporary art by women and artists of color, and serves as a trustee for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among her other roles in museum philanthropy.
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