Venkat Selvamanickam is a M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Institute at the University of Houston. Previously he was the CTO of SuperPower Inc, a former subsidiary of Philips Electronics. He led SuperPower to multiple world-records in high temperature superconductor (HTS) wires, including the longest thin film HTS wire made, and first to pilot manufacturing, first significant delivery of HTS wire to build a power transmission cable in Albany, NY -the first thin film superconducting device in the power grid. At the University of Houston, Dr. Selvamanickam led a highly successful Department of Energy (DOE)-funded program to achieve four-fold improvement in in-field performance of superconductor wires and is now leading another DOE-funded program on advanced manufacturing of high-performance HTS wires. He published over 260 papers, holds 46 U.S. patents and over 76 international patents. He is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House. He has also received three R&D 100 awards, the Superconductor Industry Person of the Year award, Wire and Cable Technology International Award and the IEEE Dr. James Wong Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to Applied Superconductivity Materials Technology. Dr. Selvamanickam is a Fellow of IEEE and the U.S. National Academy of Inventors.