Dr. Nikhil Balram is President and CEO of Ricoh Innovations Corporation (RIC). With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Balram is widely hailed throughout the industry and academia as an expert and innovator in video and display technologies across multiple platforms and has been an executive at several publicly listed companies including Marvell Semiconductor Inc. National Semiconductor Corporation, Sage and Faroudja Inc. He has significant experience in marketing, development of international business, and engineering management, with a track record of building and leading consumer IC businesses from concept to widespread market success.
He was recently honored with a Gold Stevie® Award for Executive of the Year in the Electronics category in The 9th Annual International Business Awards, a 2012 Fellow Award by the Society for Information Display (SID) and the 2011 Alumni Achievement Award by Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Balram is also an adjunct professor of electrical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, visiting professor of vision science at the University of California, Berkeley, a guest professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Gandhinagar, India, and serves on the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) at the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University. He has over 50 US patents granted or pending and more than 30 technical publications.
Dr. Balram received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, where he has also served on the Dean’s Leadership Council, Silicon Valley Advisory Council, and Admissions Council. He sits on the board of directors for the Foundation for Excellence, a non-profit that provides scholarships for underprivileged children.