September 30, 2008

Former Halliburton CTO Dr. Vikram Rao Joins Research Triangle Energy Consortium as Executive Director

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Vikram Rao
Vikram Rao of RTEC

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Former Halliburton chief technology officer Dr. Vikam Rao has joined the Research Triangle Energy Consortium (RTEC) as executive director.

Rao will lead efforts to further strengthen RTEC, an organization which integrates existing energy research programs at Duke University, NC State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RTI International, and develops new multi-unit initiatives.

RTEC member organizations are seeking to develop research-based solutions to a wide variety of energy-related challenges such as power generation, transportation, energy policy and climate change.

Rao spent more than 30 years with Halliburton, most recently serving as senior vice president and chief technology officer, responsible for the company’s technology effort as well as intellectual asset management.

During his tenure with Halliburton, Rao also held executive management positions in research and development, product launch, reservoir studies, and sales and marketing.  He joined the company in 1974 as a senior research engineer.

"We are delighted to have Vik Rao join us in RTEC. With his technical and management background at Halliburton, and knowledge of energy and energy issues, he brings an ideal background for leading RTEC," said Tom Meyer, Arey Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UNC Chapel Hill.

Rao is the author of more than 40 publications and has been awarded 24 patents in fields that include non-ferrous metal refining, alloy formulations, and oil and gas technology. He serves as director of the board of Opal Energy Inc., and on the advisory boards of KaDa Research Inc., PointCross Inc. and the University of Houston’s School of Engineering.

Rao earned a doctorate degree and a master's in engineering from Stanford University, and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras, India.

RTEC was launched on Sept. 26, 2007, with a vision to have a major impact on solving the nation’s and the world’s technical, economic, societal, and public policy problems related to the use of energy.