Natti S. Rao obtained his B. Tech (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and M. Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany and then joined BASF AG as a senior research scientist. Later he served as a technical adviser to the leading machine and resin manufacturers in various countries.
Dr. Rao has published over 70 papers and authored five books on designing polymer machinery with the help of computers. Prior to starting his consulting company (Plastics Solutions International) in 1987, he worked as a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai (Madras). Besides consulting, he holds seminars on computer-aided design of polymer machinery. Dr. Rao gave lectures on polymer engineering at the University of Texas Austin and is presently involved in continuing education at UMass Lowell.
Dr. Rao is a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineering (SPE).