Global Head, Advanced Engineering, CoC User Experience, Harman
Inducted in: 2018
Rashmi Rao is an award-winning technologist and leader with 20+ years of experience. She is currently Global Head, Advanced Engineering, CoC User Experience at HARMAN, responsible for technology and go-to-market strategy to drive breakthrough user experiences into new pursuits and product platforms. Her focus is on combining cutting-edge technologies with advanced UX design and human-machine interactions. Ms. Rao was on the synergy team as Samsung Electronics acquired Harman Inc and drove the two companies to invest in bringing advanced display technologies such as Quantum Dot LED (QLED) from the television market into the automotive markets.
Prior to HARMAN, Ms. Rao was most recently at Apple, focused on Technology and Strategy for iPhones. She has held such roles as Director of Technology at Tandem Launch Technologies and Technology Lead at Qualcomm; has worked on developing MEMS and nanotechnology-based sensors at GE Global Research Center; and worked with Nobel Laureate Dr. Alan MacDiarmid on developing carbon-nanotube-based sensors. As an active member of the Society of Information Displays (SID), Ms. Rao has had many roles of increasing responsibility, instrumental in shaping the display industry. She served as Technical Program Chair for the Display Week Conference 2017 and is General Chair for 2019. Given Ms. Rao's experience with both automotive and hi-tech, she is a bridge between Detroit and Silicon Valley.
Ms. Rao is an active advocate of STEM education. At Qualcomm she co-founded QWISE: Qualcomm Women in Science and Engineering - a grassroots women's organization focused on professional and personal development of women in technology. She continues to promote her passion as a female engineer through HARMAN's partnership with the Square One Education Network and the1000 Dreams Scholarship. Ms. Rao is the recipient of Diversity Journal's "Women Worth Watching in STEM" 2017 award. She holds an M.S in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and has over 21 global awarded patents and several published papers in peer-reviewed journals.
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