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Patri, K. Venuvinod is an academic leader with vast and varied international experience. Educated at Osmania University, Hyderabad, and IIT, Mumbai, Venuvinod has a PhD from University of Manchester (UK). His 37-year teaching career included long stints at Regional Engineering College, Warangal, India, Hong Kong Polytechnic, and City_University_of_Hong_Kong. At the last institute, he was the founding Head of the Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Engineering Management. He also became the university's Chair professor of Manufacturing. During his 25-year stay in Hong Kong he frequently visited mainland China to collaborate on several projects.
Venuvinod retired from active service in 2002 but not from academic involvement. He continues to be associated with City University of Hong Kong as an Emeritus Professor. In 2004, he co-authored a book on rapid prototyping (published by Kluwer). More importantly, in 2001, he founded the International Organization for Developing Universities (IODevUni) which engaged over 22 engineering colleges in Hyderabad, India, in a range of activities promoting the growth of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship (TIE). In 2010 he set up tecinnovent.com to strengthen such activities and publicize TIE-related publications, e.g., this trilogy.