Vinson Palathingal was born in Kumbalam, an island in the Vembanadu Lake, south of Thevara in Ernakulam District. He was one of the very few students from Kumbalam Island who went to Thevara from the kindergarten years sailing daily across the mightyvinson personal Vembanadu lake. When he was in the middle school, Vinson’s family has moved to his ancestral hometown Champakkara, a commercial district famous for its reputed fish trading business and located between Vyttila and Tripoonithura. A brilliant student from early on, Vinson completed his schooling at St.Thomas High School and Sacred Heart High School in Thevara with excellent grades. He went on to attend reputed Sacred Heart College Thevara for his Pre-Degree and then to Government Engineering College, Thrissur for his B-Tech Degree in Civil Engineering. He graduated in 1988 and for the next 3 years worked as a Project Engineer at KITCO Ltd (Kerala Industrial and Technical Consultancy Organization) in Kochi and another year as a Site Engineer at Ali-Al Sehebani Associates in Al-Hofuf, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He got married in 1992 to his high school sweetheart and a Post Graduate in Mathematics, Asha Mary Stephen, from Muvattupuzha. vinson personal 2He came to University of Nevada, Reno with his newlywed wife in the Fall of 1992 as an International Student to pursue his Masters degree in Civil Engineering.  He graduated in 1995 and moved to Philadelphia in search for jobs. Later on work took him to Frederick and Silver Spring both in Maryland, and finally to Virginia. Vinson lives in McLean, Virginia for the last 18 years with his wife Asha and their 2 boys, Xavier a rising senior at University of Virginia in Charlottesville and Stephen a rising sophomore at McLean High School. vinson personal 5

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