7 letters…Bahethi is where it all began. Our founders Om and Sara Bahethi, originally Baheti, added an h to their last name when they came to the United States. 7 letters B.A.H.E.T.H.I. Om believed 7 to be a lucky number thus the H was added after the T in Bahethi showing uniqueness and unification. Uniqueness, because in Devanagari the Hindi pronunciation of H is not clear and H is not commonly used. The unification within Bahethi comes from the T and H, because when they are together they become a digraph (two letters that make one sound). Both letters must coexist together in unison to create a new sound, thus, showing unity which is what the Bahethi Family Foundation is all about. The unity within science, technology, education and mathematics. Om and Sara’s belief in unity is part of the building blocks of the Bahethi Family Foundation; special, unique and unified.
◦ 1960 The story of Om and Sara Bahethi is similar to many immigrants from India. In the 1960s, Om and Sarawati Bahethi left Jodhpur, Rajasthan, to begin the next phase of their lives in the Northeast United States. In 1967, Om left his home in the Thar Desert, his recent wife, Saraswati, and his oldest son, Ravi, to pursue his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics at the State University of New York, SUNY, in Buffalo. ◦ 1970 ◦ In 1970, Saraswati followed him with Ravi and soon added their youngest son, Praveen, to the family. During these formative Buffalo years of the Bahethi Family, many people provide aid in scholarships, Federal and State aid, and the kindness of friends and neighbors. In 1977, after working at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for a contracting company, Om and Sara branched out on their own to form a company called Science Systems and Applications, Inc, SSAI. www.ssaihq.com
◦ BAHETHI FAMILY FOUNDATION ◦ In 2012, Om and Sara founded the Bahethi Family Foundation to empower people in science and technology. Om and Sara have donated over $3 million to scholarships, schools, colleges, and universities throughout the Northeast US and Rajasthan, India. They plan to continue their generosity to promote science and technology education, giving back to enable opportunities for others as they were for them.
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