Nagesh Rao

With a substantive background and experience in the science, legal, business, and policy aspects of technology commercialization, Nagesh seeks to build diverse partnerships so that they may speed the release of innovative technologies. He is passionate about developing and implementing systems that bring the best and creative ideas forward.

Before joining the thriving startup world in Los Angeles, Nagesh was with the U.S. Department of Commerce's-U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from 2004-2011. In 2010, he was selected, to serve on special assignment, as a Senior Policy Advisor to DOC's Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Where he advised on a number of key White House administration initiatives centered around high tech-growth entrepreneurship and innovation for the developing world.
Prior to his seven years of government service, Nagesh was awarded a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at The National Academies (NAS, NAE, IOM, and NRC), where he worked on the Globalization of Materials Science R&D and the National Nanotechnology Initiative projects. He also spent significant time as a Marketing Associate for the Office of Technology Commercialization at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he co-created a new intellectual property profile-review system and helped increase the office’s technology licensing deal-flows. He holds a BSc dual-major in Materials Engineering and Philosophy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a MSc in Legal Studies (Intellectual Property Law concentration) from Albany Law School, and a MBA (Global Strategy and Entrepreneurship) from the University of Maryland-College Park. Nagesh is registered to practice Patent Law before the USPTO (Registration Number: 69006) and currently sits on a variety of advisory boards serving as a systems expert.

Organization: OnGreen

Related Challenge: Energy