Enterprenueral Experience

Chairman: Auburn Ventures, Auburn, AL

  • Creating, communicating and implementing the Auburn Ventures vision, mission, and overall direction. Making sure that the direction is communicated on a level that allows every employee to feel as if they are part of something bigger than themselves and that their role is strategically important to the organization. Leading, guiding, directing, and evaluating the work of other executive leaders. With the participation of the executive team, meets regularly with senior company leadership to make sure that decisions the organization needs are well-thought out and timely. Uses this team to spread ideas and direction throughout the organization until every employee understands their expected role and responsibilities for contribution. Formulating and implementing the strategic plan that guides the direction of the business. Using the input of employees at every level of the organization to develop the strategic plan.
  • Forming, staffing, guiding, leading, and managing an organization sufficient to accomplish the responsibilities and the strategic plan of the business.
  • Overseeing the complete operation of an organization in accordance with the direction established in the strategic plans.
  • Evaluating the success of the organization. Using a set of strategically important measures to determine the ongoing success - or lack thereof - that the organization is experiencing. Using non-measurable aspects of the work environment to gauge other aspects of business success.
  • Maintaining awareness of both the external and internal competitive opportunities for expansion, customers, markets, new industry developments and standards, and so forth.
  • Represents the organization in civic and professional association responsibilities and activities in the local community, the state, and at the national level.

Professional Experience

  • Founder Chairman, Asian PGPR Society for Sustainable Agriculture since 2000.
  • April 1998 to date: Professor, Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA.
  • June 1997 - March 1998: Silviculture Manager, New Products Strategic Business Unit, Agrium Inc., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • June 1995 - May 1997: Senior Research Scientist, Agrium Inc., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • June 1994 – May 1995: Research Scientist, Cominco Fertilizers Ltd., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • July 1990 - May 1994: Research Scientist, Exxon/Esso Ag Biologicals, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  • September 1988 - June 1990: Research Scientist, Microbial Inoculants, Allelix Crop Technologies, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
  • January 1987 - August 1988: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Botany, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • March 1982 - October 1986: Teaching/Research Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.
  • July 1978 - February 1982: Assistant Professor, S. V. K. P. College, Markapur, Andhra Pradesh, India.
  • 1978: Technical Assistant for Pulse Improvement Program, International Crops Research Institute for Semi Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India.
  • 1977: University Research Fellow and Council of Scientific Industrial Research Fellow, Department of Environmental Sciences, Andhra University, India.
  • 1975-1976: Invited Part Time Lecturer, Adult Education Centre, Andhra University, Waltair, India.

Honors, Awards & Fellowships

  • 2021: Life Time BioAg Achiever Award by BioAg World Congress
  • 2009-2021: Several International Awards from Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Philippines, Canada, Uzbekistan, China, Vietnam etc. countries for best researcher & Entrepreneur
  • 2008: Young small business entrepreneur of the year, Awarded by Mr. George W. Bush, President of USA
  • 1997: Presidential Award from the Chief Executive Officer, Agrium Inc., Canada, for outstanding performance in research and development.
  • 1996: Goal-Based Incentive Award for excellent performance and goal achievement, Agrium Inc., Canada.
  • 1995: Special Incentive Award for leading the Silviculture Program to a new product achievement, years ahead of Agrium anticipated schedule, Agrium Inc., Canada.
  • 1986: Canadian Bureau for International Education Travel Award, Ottawa, Canada.
  • 1982-1986: National Overseas Scholarship, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi.
  • 1985: President Research Stipend, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada.

Teaching & Training Graduated Students

  • Several courses leading to Master and Ph.D. Degrees were taught for the last 35 years includes, Plant Diseases, Fundamental of Plant Pathology, Plant Bacterial Interactions, Biofertilizers, Biofungicides, Formulations, Product Development, Efficacy Testing, Commercialization, Product Registrations etc.
  • Trained over 235 Masters and 25 Ph.D. Students
  • Trained several Post-Doctoral Fellows
  • Trained several International Scientists

Panelist for granting agencies

  • 2010-2021: Panel member, Organic Agriculture Research & Extension Initiative Program (OREI), USDA, CSREES
  • 2009: Panel member, 2008 Organic Agriculture Research & Extension Initiative Program (OREI), USDA, CSREES
  • 2000-2003: Biologically Based Pest Management Program of the USDA’s National Research Initiative Competitive Grant Program (NRICGP).
  • 1997 - 1998: Industrial Research Assistant Program, National Research Council of Canada. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Science and Technology (DST) and University Grants Commission (UGC), INDIA.

Grants Received

  • 1988-2021: Received over 50 Million of US$ funds from various organizations including WHO, FAO, Asia Bank, USDA of USA, NSF, NRC of Canada and several industries world-wide

Manuscript Reviewer & Editorial Board Member for Scientific Journals

  • 2003-current: Phytopathology, Plant Disease, Soil Biology & Biochemistry, Indian Plant Pathology, Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, Plant & Soil, Can J of Microbiology, Biocontrol Science & Technology, Current Microbiology, Journal of Applied Microbiology, Field Crops Research, ANGRU Journal, etc.
  • 2002: Biological Control, Plants and Soil, Can J of Microbiology.
  • 2001: Biological Control, Plants and Soil
  • 2000: Biological Control, Plants and Soil
  • 1999: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
  • 1998: Canadian Journal of Microbiology and Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology.