Starting as a UMass computer and electrical engineer, Ram realized his dream early on to work at the legendary Bell Labs, where he was the chief architect and lead designer for a number of highly complex ASICs. He left Bell Labs to found Siltek Corporation, which provided ATM and SONET design services for companies including Lucent, SGS Thomson, and Sun Microsystems. Through a series of successful acquisitions Ram ended up at Applied Micro, where he served as SVP, GM, and CTO managing a worldwide group of more than a thousand engineers.
He founded Chil Semiconductor, acquired by International Rectifier in 2011 for 75 Million in cash. An active investor and angel, Ram also serves on the Dean's Council of the Harvard Divinity School, and recently stepped into the role of co-chair of the Campaign for HDS.
A lifelong entrepreneur and veteran of the technology sector, Ram has a passion for addressing the "religious misunderstanding" he sees at the root of many global problems.