Chairs are occupied by Professors who have distinguished themselves and been recognized by their peers for their research and/or technology development, and who have excelled in teaching and service to the Institute/nation/profession. It is intended to host the eminent expert Professors as Chair with various options for visits and engagement, suitable salary and benefits or honoraria, accommodation and varied endowment amounts as applicable. The achievements must therefore go beyond those that earned them the Professorship, and should demonstrate leadership in one or more of these aspects.
Venugopal Aravamudan is on the board of SinglePoint, Inc. and Senior Vice President & General Manager at F5 Networks, Inc.
He previously occupied the position of VP-Engineering & Product Management at Limelight Networks, Inc., Senior Director at VMware, Inc. and General Manager for Amazon Web Services, Inc.
Mr. Aravamudan received an undergraduate degree from Indian Institute of Technology Madras and Master degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Dr. Krishna is currently responsible for development and deployment of non-IT technologies in Downstream & Chemicals for Chevron Corporation. Prior to his current appointment, he served as General Manager of Technology for Global Refining, and as Managing Director of Technology Marketing. Dr. Krishna has held technical leadership positions for most petroleum refining processes, including FCC, Thermal Processing, Rheniforming, Alkylation, and all aspects of Hydroprocessing.
He is a member on the Boards for joint ventures between Chevron and Grace Davison, CBI Lummus, and Weyerhaeuser. Dr. Krishna holds MS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering as well as an MBA.