Nanomanufacturing: Science, Technology and Manufacturing Practice

Nanomanufacturing: Science, Technology and Manufacturing Practice
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 4:15pm to 5:30pm
Huang 018
Srinivas Rao (Phoenix Venture Partners)
Abstract / Description: 

Good science, great technology and rapid innovation are the key attributes of a successful organization. Great organizations keep up with change by re-inventing themselves. Manufacturing frequently thought of as 'processes for making goods on a large scale' is erroneous and is dated.

Manufacture is rightfully value creation, and encompasses methods of realization post ideation. Volume flow within manufacturing is shifting towards mass customization. Batch size is shrinking, part identity, traceability, process flow, manufacturing geographies, supply chain all are taking on new meaning. Product foot-print is being redefined with the onset of wearables and IoT's. These are indeed wonderful times!

This presentation will begin with an insight to the start-up scene through the eyes of a venture partner. With a briefing on a few start-ups the author will provide insight on a few emerging technology pathways that could address needs in the manufacturing environment.

Srinivas Rao is Entrepreneur in residence and Chief Commercialization Officer at Phoenix Venture Partners, a leading venture capital firm that invests in and partners with entrepreneurs to commercialize breakthrough Advanced Materials Innovation. He also serves as President and CEO of Senova Systems, a venture backed start-up that is bringing to market the industry first non-glass solid state calibration-free pH sensor.

Srinivas is an industry leader with a distinguished track record of material science technology development and commercialization. Until recently, he was Vice President of Corporate Technology at Flextronics International, Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLEX), a multi-billion dollar, global provider of vertically integrated advanced design and electronics manufacturing services. Earlier in his career, he was Vice President of Technology at Solectron Corporation, where he was responsible for engineering and product development, helping grow the company from $190 million to $22 billion in revenues and from one site to over 70 sites worldwide. Dr. Rao has held senior technical, research and management positions at Raychem, Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories and RCA Laboratories, where he received RCA's Outstanding Achievement Award.

Dr. Rao is a distinguished alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology Madras where he earned a B.Tech degree in Metallurgical Engineering, and an MS and PhD in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ. He holds numerous patents, author of numerous papers and review chapters. He has also held distinguished positions in several technical organizations and served on the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Nanotechnology for the State of California (2005).