Dr. Pratap Chillakanti
Distinguished Professor and Strategic Advisor, Computer Sciences
Dr. Pratap Chillakanti holds two technical PhDs, one in Information Security, and one in Transdisciplinary Research and Education. He also holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of business. Pratap is an Entrepreneur, Adjunct Professor, Researcher, and a Mentor. He has over 30 years of experience in both the Silicon Valley technology industry and the academia.
In the academic environment, Pratap had the privilege of co-teaching graduate courses in Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley along with his mentor (late) Professor C.V. Ramamoorthy, a founding father of Computer Science/Software Engineering. Pratap also taught courses through the UC Berkeley extension. In the time 2015-2017, Pratap was invited as a Visiting Professor by his alma mater in India, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University at Kakinada (JNTUK), to introduce MOOCS for over 25+ Engineering colleges in the University system. As part of this effort, he had trained the faculty in facilitating effective online teaching.
Pratap’s current startup, tenXengage, focuses on innovation, automation, and transformation of channel sales incentives management. In the broader realm of research, the focus is on increasing the motivation and engagement levels of people so that they achieve elevated levels of performance and succeed in whatever they do.
Pratap has numerous publications in journals, books, and conferences in information security, dynamic collaboration, and transdisciplinary research and education. He is a frequent speaker at conferences. He personally supports many education initiatives especially for the less fortunate.
Pratap passionately believes in sharing his entrepreneurial success stories and challenges. He actively mentors other entrepreneurs while continuing his own aspirations to change the world through his innovations. Pratap does enjoy personal time with his two sets of twins (two boys and two girls) playing golf, biking, hiking and just chilling out with them.