Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula rose from humble beginnings to become the man he is today. Born in Nellore, India, Upendra moved south to Chennai as a two-year old while his father searched for work. Living with his parents, grandmother, and five siblings in a hut, there was never enough money to go around.
Undaunted, Upendra aspired to achieve the "American Dream", and believed that hard work would allow him to accomplish his goals. "Education is the greatest equalizer" he says, and will tell you how he used a small lamp to study late into the night during his childhood years. He received a merit scholarship to study engineering at the College of Engineering Guindy (Anna University) in Chennai, and after much hard work, earned a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering.
With only a few dollars in his pocket, Upendra immigrated to the United States in 1974, and received a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from City College of the City University of New York where he met his wife, Dayci.