Dr. Gopichand Katragadda is the Group Chief Technology Officer and Innovation Head for Tata Sons. He also serves as a director on the boards of Tata Elxsi, Tata Communications, Tata Teleservices, Tata Autocomp Systems, and Flisom AG.
Previously, as Chairman and Managing Director he helped grow GE’s largest R&D Centre, the John F. Welch Technology Centre (JFWTC). Under his leadership, the JFWTC team was contributing to over 300 US patents a year. Gopi also served as the chairman for GE-BEL.
Before joining GE, as VP at the US based Karta Technologies, Gopi led the development of advanced sensor technology for US government agencies and research consortiums. He also was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas and served on the Board of Directors for Texas Public Radio.
Gopi provides the voice of technology for various Academic and Industry bodies including CII, IET, and Anita Borg Institute. He is the current Chair of the CII National Technology Committee, Co-Chair of the Indo-UK JETCO Technology Track, and the Chair for the India Development Panel of the IET.
Gopi is a Fellow of the IET. He is a GE Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Gopi has over 30 publications and 5 patents. He has authored a book on innovation “SMASH,” published by Wiley.
Gopi holds MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.