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The Bengaluru boy who busted Volkswagen’s Dieselgate was on to bigger things. Till GM let him down.

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The Bengaluru boy who busted Volkswagen’s Dieselgate was on to bigger things. Till GM let him down.

Hemanth Kappanna was part of the trio that blew the lid off Volkswagen’s emissions fraud. From cash-strapped student in the US to General Motors’ brains trust on emissions, and back — for the first time, the engineer-PhD talks in detail about his journey. And the latest U-turn.
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Rohan
24 Jun 2019 28 Mins Read 0 comment
Engineer-PhD Hemanth Kappanna played a role in exposing Volkswagen's emissions fraud. On February 4, Kappanna was laid off by his employer GM; courtesy of Hemanth Kappanna
Engineer-PhD Hemanth Kappanna played a role in exposing Volkswagen's emissions fraud. On February 4, Kappanna was laid off by his employer GM; courtesy of Hemanth Kappanna
It is a scorching midsummer’s day in leafy Bengaluru, and Hemanth Kappanna is eager to burn a few calories. “I was never an athlete. In the US, I used to do yoga. Now I can run 10km inside an hour,” he says. Following his return to India last month, the former General Motors (GM) employee has taken to endurance training
employment offers in India, but is not ruling out a return to the US as a postdoctoral researcher. “I don’t mind working anywhere if it meant doing the right thing," he says. "I would like the air in Bangalore to be clean, so I can run anytime.” ( Graphic by Mohammad Arshad) ( Research support by Kanika Saxena)
It is a scorching midsummer’s day in leafy Bengaluru, and Hemanth Kappanna is eager to burn a few calories. “I was never an athlete. In the US, I used to do yoga. Now I can run 10km inside an hour,” he says. Following his return to India last month, the former General Motors (GM) employee has taken to endurance training employment offers in India, but is not ruling out a return to the US as a postdoctoral researcher. “I don’t mind working anywhere if it meant doing the right thing," he says. "I would like the air in Bangalore to be clean, so I can run anytime.” ( Graphic by Mohammad Arshad) ( Research support by Kanika Saxena)

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