Prof.Venkat Venkatasubramanian is professor of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University, New York. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (with a minor in Theoretical Physics) from Cornell University, M.S. in Physics from Vanderbilt University and B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras. He has been a consultant to several major global corporations and institutions. Prof.Venkat's contributions have been recognized by several awards and honors.