Ranvir Trehan

Ranvir Trehan

Ranvir Trehan

Retired Founder and CEO, SETA Corporation, McLean VA Batch- 1961

Ranvir K. Trehan was a technologist and entrepreneur for his professional career but now is devoted to philanthropy. He is based near Washington D.C. He is a board member of several non-profit organizations.

From January 2005 to 2011, he was Vice Chairman of Apptis Holdings, Inc., a professional services and technology deployment company with offices worldwide. Prior to that, he was CEO of SETA Corporation, which served as the platform for Apptis.  

He founded SETA in 1987 to provide high-end technology consulting to the Federal government and commercial clients, particularly in emerging, complex communications systems.  Under his leadership, SETA grew to nearly $100 million in revenue and over 600 highly qualified professionals by 2005.  SETA served almost all the departments of the Executive branch of the Federal Government, and was highly reputed for its excellence and innovation.

Before founding SETA in 1987, he was a department head of information and communications systems at MITRE where he successfully spearheaded the systems engineering effort for FTS2000, the Government-wide telecommunications program). Earlier, he conducted critical performance and scale-up feasibility analysis of ARPANET, the forerunner of the Internet, for DARPA.  He also led an effort to implement packet switching technologies for the Defense Information Systems Agency.

A native of India, he received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science in India, a Masters in Operations Research from the University of Michigan, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Dayton. He also did Ph.D. coursework at George Washington University. 

He has published numerous research articles. He has taught graduate courses in engineering and operations research. He has been an invited speaker for many organizations including the Commission of the European Communities, National Academy of Sciences, European Computing Conference, and the Fall Joint Computer Conference. 

Recent Honors:

Alumni Merit Award, University of Michigan (2011)

Inaugural Philanthropist Award, American India Foundation (2011)

Inaugural Legend Award, The Indus Entrepreneurs, DC (2013)

Current Interests:

Economic Development and Poverty Eradication

Culture and Arts

Information Technologies

Business Creation and Development


General Trustee, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2016-    present) appointed by President Obama

Board Member, CARE (2009-present)

Board Member, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts (2004-2010)

Board Member, Washington Tennis and Education Foundation (2010-2015)

Member, International Committee on the Arts, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2011 – present)

Member, Advisory Council, Brookings Institution (2006 – present)

Member, Provost’s Advisory Committee, University of Michigan

(2012 – present)

         Member, President’s Advisory Group University of Michigan

(2015 – present)