Rama Prasad, PhD

Portrait of Rama Prasad

Rama Prasad, PhD

MDI Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute


PhD in MicroElectroMechanical Systems
Cornell University

Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Mechanical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur


Rama Prasad is a technology and commercialization expert with more than 20 years of experience developing products, cutting-edge technologies and customer solutions. She received her PhD in MEMS (MicroElectroMechanical systems) from Cornell University in 1996, and worked for Hewlett Packard inkjet printer business for about 12 years developing next-generation printer platform technologies and products.  She built insights into how innovation is done in a large maturing business with significant proprietary content owned throughout the value chain. In the recent years, Rama has worked on generating ideas for future customer (consumer, instrumentation and healthcare) solutions and implementing these ideas through government contracts, corporate funding and startup companies. She is the founder and CEO of Teqnizan Inc, a hearable and wearable technology company. Rama has written several successful patent applications, scholarly publications, government contract proposals and business plans over the years. 

Alternate Job Roles
Founder/CEO - Teqnizan Inc

M.S. in Medical Device Innovation

Generating compelling business plans from science or early technology research

Currently Teaching Courses
Technology Foresight and Forecasting (MDI 5002)

Honors and Awards

Hewlett Packard Company internal performance awards

Finalist in Clean Tech Open accelerator program