Venkataramana Runkana is a Chief Scientist at TCS Research and Innovation and heads the Research Programme for Manufacturing & Engineering and Industrial Services Business Units in TCS. Venkat has more than 27 years of experience in process modeling, simulation and optimization, advanced data analytics and digital twins, process development, scale-up and design, nanomaterials and drug delivery systems. Venkat received the TCS Distinguished Scientist Award in 2014 and was an AICTEINAE Distinguished Visiting Professor at IIT Kanpur during 2013-2018. Venkat and his team received the Tata Group level innovation award, Tata Innovista for Implemented Innovations, and the IT Innovation Award from Express IT Awards in 2018 for their work on digital twin technology. Venkat's team has also won the Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Society Data Challenge Competition in 2018. Venkat is a chemical engineer and holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York.