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Prashanth Rao

Prashanth Rao, Head of Application Engineering at MathWorks, India

Prashant Rao heads the Application Engineering team at MathWorks India. MathWorks is a leading developer of mathematical computing software and has been recognised for the second consecutive year as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine Learning Platforms in 2021. Prashant is a regular contributor at industry forums, sharing his views around megatrends in technology and how Artificial Intelligence(AI) is getting adopted across industries and other technologies. He works closely with the academic community to help develop analytical and AI-related skills that make them industry-ready. 

Prashant leads a team of 50+ customer-facing engineers who work with the clients spanning various verticals covering, amongst others, automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, and financial services, as well as startups, incubators, governmental organisations, and academia in India. The application engineering team helps clients envision their AI/Robotics/Wireless/Electrification and related technology journeys, facilitate internal buy-ins through proof of concepts, and deploy and integrate solutions with existing systems. They also enable the clients with the right skills to run these systems. Prashant’s focus has been working with the senior leadership to help them drive technical, business, and cultural transformations. 

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He joined MathWorks in Germany in 2005 and has worked with customers in signal processing, communications, and semiconductor domains before moving to India in 2009 to lead the MathWorks India Application Engineering team. Before joining MathWorks, Prashant worked at two semiconductor IP startup companies.

He has a masters equivalent degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Microelectronics from the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH), Germany. 


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