Dr. K. Venkatesh Prasad (class of 1990) is group and senior technical leader of Vehicle Design and Infotronics for Ford Research and Innovation. He is member of Ford’s 12-person global Technology Advisory Board, chaired by the CTO. Dr. Prasad is responsible for the research, architecture, standards, applications development and vehicle system integration of electrical, electronics and embedded software technologies.
Before joining Ford Motor Company in 1996, Prasad worked as a senior scientist at RICOH Innovations in Menlo Park, Calif., developing automatic "lip reading" as a novel human-machine interface. In addition, he was at Caltech and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., where he worked on the world's first telerobotic visual surface inspection system to help design the International Space Station.
Attracted by an open-ended challenge to discover ways to integrate "intelligence" into cars and trucks, Prasad joined Ford to work with a small group of engineers in the development of adaptive headlamp and lane-mark detection technologies.
Dr. Prasad earned a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., in 1990, and a master's degree from Washington State University, Pullman. Before coming to the U.S., in 1984, he obtained engineering degrees from IIT-Madras (1984) and NIT-Trichy (1980) Prasad lives with his wife and daughter in Ann Arbor, Mich., and they enjoy hiking the world - mostly in the wild outdoors