Vice President for Development - TechComm
Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Center for Innovation at Arlington
M.B.A. International Trade
B.S. Electrical Engineering
Shekar Rao possesses over 30 years of worldwide experience in product development, P&L, operations, business strategy, marketing, sales, and consulting within start-ups as well as established companies such as Texas Instruments, NEC Electronics and LSI Logic. Mr. Rao is highly knowledgeable in anti-trust issues, intellectual property protection, patents and the promotion of industry-wide interoperability standards and collaborations.
TechComm, a five-year program funded by the Defense Department, is a partnership between UT Arlington and the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Its goal is to move technologies from concept to reality. Mr. Rao assists university professors with research concepts in using federal facilities and scientists to create new products and business lines while also brokering licensing deals with companies.
He has been a keynote speaker, panel chair or panelist in a number of international conferences on healthcare, medical electronics, innovation, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. He was the chairman of The ATM Forum’s Market Awareness Committee, president of the Desktop ATM25 Alliance and a founder of the Gigabit Ethernet Alliance.
As an entrepreneur, he founded startups in the telecom, semiconductor IP and life sciences sectors. He played a key role in five start-ups over the last 10 years, serving as founder, president, and chief executive officer for three of the five.
Mr. Rao has been involved in several professional organizations, including the IEEE Dallas Chapter’s Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (Chair), the Medical Electronics Forum in India (Founding Member), the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.