Venkat Bhethanabotla obtained his B.S. degree from Osmania University in India, and Ph.D. from Penn State in Pennsylvania, USA, both in Chemical Engineering. He is a professor in the Department of Chemical, Biological, and Materials Engineering at University of South Florida and Director of the Materials Science and Engineering Program. He has previously served as Chair of the ChBME Department (2009-2015). Venkat is an elected Fellow of the AIChE, AAAS, AIMBE, and NAI. He serves as an associate editor of the IEEE Sensors Journal. He has served IEEE and AIChE in many capacities, notably as General Chair of IEEE SENSORS 2016 and AIChE 2019 Annual Meeting. His current research is in the areas of chemical and biological sensors, plasmonics and computational catalysis. He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books on these topics, and holds 15 issued patents.