Rashmi Rao is Global Head, Advanced Engineering, CoC User Experience at HARMAN, the connected technologies company for automotive, consumer, and enterprise markets. At HARMAN, Ms. Rao is responsible for defining the company's technology strategy and roadmap to drive breakthrough user experiences in next-gen connected cars. She oversees the direction and management of the advanced engineering organization. Ms. Rao effectively leads a team of engineers responsible for developing various software components in infotainment, including audio, radio tuner, embedded systems, and vehicle interface. Her team creates solutions focused on combining cutting-edge technologies with advanced user experience design and human-machine interactions, from entry level to high-end and luxury vehicles.
Ms. Rao is a very active member of the Society of Information Display (SID) and currently holds several executive positions on the SID board. She is a strong advocate of STEM education and actively lobbies for diversity in technology work places. She is the author of over 19 US and global patents and many pending patents, two book chapters, and several peer-reviewed journal and conference papers.