Dr. Ramgopal RAO
Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao is currently the Group Vice-Chancellor for the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS)Pilani campuses located in Pilani, Hyderabad, Goa, Dubai and Mumbai. Prior to joining the BITS Group in 2023, Prof.Rao had served as the Director of IIT Delhi for 6 years during 2016-2021 and as a Chair Professor for Nanoelectronicsat both IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi.
Prof. Rao is an internationally acclaimed Nanoelectronics researcher with over 480 research papers and 50 patents,which include 20 issued US patents. 15 of his patents have been licensed to industries for commercialization. The IPon CMOS-SoC applications developed in his group is now used in 100’s of millions of ICs sold all over the world. Prof.Rao is a co-founder of two deep technology startups at IIT Bombay (Nanosniff & Soilsens) which have successfulcommercial products in the market. Besides his education and research activities, Prof. Rao is also well known forestablishing major Nanoelectronics Programmes in the country. For his research accomplishments, Dr. Rao has beenelected a Fellow of IEEE, a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the Indian National Academy ofEngineering (INAE), the Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc), the National Academy of Sciences (NASI) & the IndianNational Science Academy (INSA). 52 Ph.D. students have graduated so far under his supervision and are working inleading academic institutions, semiconductor industries all over the world, including in India.
Prof. Rao’s research and leadership contributions have been recognized with over 35 awards and honors in thecountry and abroad. He is a recipient of three honorary doctorates. The recognitions Prof. Rao received include theShanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in Engineering Sciences, Infosys Prize, IEEE EDS Education Award (the highestinternational award bestowed by IEEE Electron Devices Society for Education) and many others. Prof. Rao serves onthe Editorial Advisory Boards of several leading international journals such as the ACS Nano Letters, AIP AppliedPhysics Reviews, IEEE Journal on Flexible Electronics etc. Dr. Rao has delivered over 200 Plenary, key-note andinvited lectures all over the world.