President of United Solar Ovonic, an Auburn Hills-based manufacturer and supplier of photovoltaic panels and systems that convert sunlight to electricity. Guha, an internationally recognized scientist, has led United Solar Ovonic to substantial growth in the last several years. The company is the world’s largest manufacturer of thin film flexible solar panels. He recently won the World Technology Award 2005 in Energy.

WHERE BORN: "India."

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My mother, who always believed in my ability, and my teachers, who helped me during the most formative years of my life.”

LAST BOOK READ:Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman.


WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “With increasing awareness of pollution created by the burning of fossil fuels and concern about energy security, the photovoltaic market is growing at an annual rate greater than 25 percent. The global market is projected to exceed $15 billion by 2010. Within a decade, 15 percent of our total energy needs is expected to be provided by renewable energy with photovoltaic playing a major role.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “My laptop (no, I do not use a Blackberry!).”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Any place by the water.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Reading and listening to music.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Indian and Chinese.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “Team-building.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As a person who made good contributions to science and technology and led a team to build a profitable business that has great societal benefits.”