Meet Gopichand Katragadda – TATA group CTO who is also a Telugu film maker

Gopichand_KatragaddaHe has directed a Telugu film on treasure hunters, is the author of a well-acclaimed book called S.M.A.S.H Innovation, paints extensively, is a regular blogger on subjects as varied as carbon steel’s India connection, how to prevent flooding of lakes and health care for the masses. As if this isn’t enough, Gopichand Katragadda, the first chief technology officer (CTO) of the Tata group, has also been trying to decipher the Indus script. And, he can challenge anyone to a game of antakshari to show off his knowledge of Hindi film music, one of his favourite singers being Yo Yo Honey Singh.

His Telugu flm, Tokachukka is a thriller based on a hunt for the Kakatiya treasure. The Kohinoor, Hope, and Regent Diamonds were all from the Golconda region during the Kakatiya period.

tokachukka by gopichand katragaddaDr. Gopichand Katragadda, also known as Gopi, has been the Group Chief Technology Officer of Tata Sons Limited since August 3, 2014. Dr. Katragadda is responsible for technology at the group level and share his expertise in managing R&D operations, leveraging cross-company synergies, creating technology strategies for white spaces, and acting as an evangelist for innovation across group companies. He served as Chief Technology Officer of GE India Services Holding Limited until July 1, 2014. Dr. Katragadda served as Managing Director of GE India Technology Centre Private Limited from 2012 to July 2014. Dr. Katragadda served as Chief Technology Officer of GE India. He served as Head of India Technology Centre – Bangalore at General Electric Company from 2012 to July 2014. He is based at the John F Welch Technology Center, Bangalore. He was with GE for 12 years. He held various leadership roles within GE including India Leadership for Energy Engineering and GE Global Research. Before joining GE, he worked with Karta Technologies, San Antonio, Texas, as Vice President of Research and Development. He has been an Non Executive and Non Independent Director at Tata Elxsi Limited since November 2014. He was Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas and on the board of directors for Texas Public Radio. He has authored a book on innovation (published by Wiley), over 30 publications, five patents, several invited presentations, and citations of his research work. He is a member of several professional societies and on the Innovation Task Force for the Confederation of Indian Industries and the India Innovation Council. He has specialized in electromagnetic sensors, with five patents in this area. Dr. Katragadda holds a BS degree in Electronics Engineering from Bangalore University and MS, PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Iowa State University.

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