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Xerox Engineer Will Join National Discussion Around Cloud Computing, Other Innovations


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – An engineer at the Xerox Research Center Webster, who is working on a number of Web technology and online marketplace projects, will participate in this year’s National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 16th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, a gathering of the country’s “most promising” engineers.

Venkatesh Rao is one of 86 engineers - from industry, academia and government – selected to participate in the symposium scheduled for September 23-25th in Armonk, N.Y. The event will examine topics such as cloud computing, autonomous aerospace systems, engineering and music, and engineering inspired by biology. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Bernard S. Meyerson, IBM fellow and vice president of innovation.

Participants were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations, and chosen from about 265 applicants.

Rao works on applying Web 2.0 technologies to next-generation publishing, document and workflow technologies on the Web.

He has 20 peer-reviewed publications in journals and conferences, and five patent applications. Rao writes a personal blog called Ribbonfarm, which has been featured on, and the New York Times blog. He has contributed guest pieces to leading industry blogs such as Mashable, VentureBeat and GTDTimes. Rao also is working on Xerox’s open innovations initiatives with the external technical community. He was the recent recipient of the Rochester Engineering Society’s Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year Award.

In addition to Rao, Ana Arias, a research scientist at the Palo Alto Research Center, Inc., a Xerox Company, has been selected to attend the symposium. Arias currently manages PARC’s Printed Electronic Devices group, which uses inkjet printing techniques to fabricate organic, active matrix display backplanes for paper-like displays and flexible sensors. She is internationally recognized for her expertise in polymer-based electronics and printed electronics, including organic light emitting diodes, photovoltaics, and thin-film transistors.

About Xerox
Xerox Corporation is a $22 billion leading global enterprise for business process and document management. Through its broad portfolio of technology and services, Xerox provides the essential back-office support that clears the way for clients to focus on what they do best: their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., Xerox provides leading-edge document technology, services, software and genuine Xerox supplies for graphic communication and office printing environments of any size. Through ACS, A Xerox Company, which Xerox acquired in February 2010, Xerox also offers extensive business process outsourcing and IT outsourcing services, including data processing, HR benefits management, finance support, and customer relationship management services for commercial and government organizations worldwide. The 130,000 people of Xerox serve clients in more than 160 countries.


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