Dr. Arati Prabhakar
Arati Prabhakar was the first woman to win a Ph.D. in applied physics at the California Institute of Technology.
Arati Prabhakar is currently a venture capitalist. She joined U.S. Venture Partners in 2001 after 15 years of working with world-class engineers and scientists across many fields to brew new technologies.
From 1993-1997 she was director of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, appointed by President Clinton.
She was born in New Delhi, India. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University (1979), and her M.S. in Electrical Engineering (1980) and Ph.D. in Applied Physics (1984) from the California Institute of Technology. She is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
From 1984 to 1986, Dr. Prabhakar served as a Congressional Fellow in the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress where she wrote on microelectronics research and development for the House Science, Research and Technology Subcommittee.
Dr. Prabhakar served for two years as Director of the Microelectronics Technology Office in the Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), where she had managed advanced electronics research since 1986.
From 1993-1997 she was director of the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, appointed by President Clinton. An agency of the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, NIST promotes U.S. economic growth by working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards.