About ME

Background

Uday Racherla served as the Professor of Innovation and Intellectual Property Management at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, Kanpur (India), during 2011-2017.   Shortly before that, he taught briefly at the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business, Baltimore, MD (USA).   


Prior to the academic stint,  Uday has 15+ years of strategic innovation leadership and management experience in the Fortune 500 Companies in USA.  During 1992-2011, Dr. Racherla held many top executive positions –  the Senior Director of Innovation at PepsiCo, Worldwide Director of R&D at S. C. Johnson, Director of R&D at New Skin Enterprises, and other senior R&D executive positions at Unilever –  all in USA.  

 

Uday holds a Ph.D. degree under a Nobel Laureate from the Purdue University (USA), post-doctoral research experience under a Distinguished Professor from the Ohio State University (USA), and an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (USA). 

On-line Presentation to the Faculty and Students of Multiple Engineering Colleges in India at NITTTR

Expertise

Uday Racherla  has the unique expertise of a scholar-practitioner that combines a strong academic background and valuable industrial experiences, including – new curriculum/course development, graduate level teaching, leading academic and industrial research, publishing research papers, books and patents, strategic innovation management and Intellectual Asset Management. 


Professor Uday Racherla's areas of teaching and research expertise include – Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Technology Management, Intellectual Property Management and Sustainability .


Interfacing with marketing and manufacturing, Dr. Racherla led and managed global R&D programs in Fortune 500 companies in USA involving large teams of PhD, MS and BS level engineers and scientists and multi-million dollar budgets, wherein he invented, innovated, patented and successfully commercialized many new technologies throughout the world (USA, Europe and Asia).  


Dr. Racherla’s areas of R&D innovation and technology commercialization expertise include  – Skin Care, Laundry Detergents, Home Cleaning, Air  Purification, Water Purification, and Nutritious Foods.  

Highlights

Uday Racherla has published over 120 research papers from academia and industry in prestigious international journals such as Nature and Journal of American Chemical Society. In the area of Strategic Innovation Management, Dr. Racherla authored a book (CRC Press, 2018), served as an editor of 2 books (Springer, 2017; 2019), authored 4 book chapters, graduated 2 PhDs & 5 Masters Students, obtained 12 patents, designed and conducted multiple executive training courses, served as Visiting Professor at the Singapore Management University (SMU), and delivered many key note lectures at prestigious institutions worldwide. 

  

In addition, Uday Racherla has proven experience in coaching and mentoring entrepreneurial students for creating startups. Thus, he coached and mentored two students who took his courses on innovation-entrepreneurship to transform their ideas into successful startups. Dr. Racherla enjoys working with entrepreneurial individuals and making them realize their dreams of innovative startups.


Dr. Racherla possesses a unique background in social entrepreneurship initiatives at IIT-Kanpur. Thus, working with a design engineering student and a mechanical engineering professor, he conducted business research and designed customized Business Purpose Utility Vehicles (BPUVs), which enable microentrepreneurs to take their individual businesses to customers rather than wait for customers to come to them.  This is a novel approach to proactively create revenues, profits and market share. 

INVITED TALKS

These talks were part of an on-line workshop on Strategic Innovation and Technology Management organized by the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh, India.  The two talks were presented to faculty and students of about 20 engineering colleges and universities.  This is the first lecture. 

This is the second lecture in the series.

publications

Books

  •  Racherla, U.S., Kung-Chung Liu (Editors), “Innovation and IPRs in China and India: Myths, Realities and Opportunities”, China-EU Law Series, Vol. 4, Springer (2016).
  • Racherla, U. S.Intellectual Assets for Engineers and Scientists: Creation and Management,” CRC Press/Taylor Francis. (2018).
  • Kung-Chung. Liu, Racherla, U. S. (Editors),Innovation, Economic Development and IP” Springer-Verlag (2019).

Book Chapters

  • Racherla, U.S., Huang, K. G., Kung-Chung, L. “An Introduction to the Innovation and IPR Landscapes of India and China”, Innovation and IPRs in China and India: Myths, Realities and Opportunities, China-EU Law Series, Vol. 4, Springer (2016)
  • Racherla, U.S. “Do IPRs Promote Innovation?” Innovation and IPRs in China and India: Myths, Realities and Opportunities, China-EU Law Series, Vol. 4, Springer (2016).
  • Racherla, U. S., “Historical Evolution of India’s Patent Regime and its impact on Innovation in the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry”, in “Innovation, Economic Development and IP” Springer-Verlag (2019).
  • Racherla, U.S. "What is Innovative Leadership? An Industry Perspective," Law and Economics, Market, Non-Market and Network Transactions,  Nagar, R.; Prasad, P.M. (Editors), Vernon Press, 2019.

Management Research Papers & Conference Presentations

  • Gupta, S., Racherla, U.S. "Interdependence among dimensions of sustainability: Evidence from the Indian leather industry", Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Vol. 29 Issue: 3, pp.406-415 (2018).
  • Joshi, M., Racherla, U. S. “Theories of Humor as Alternate Templates for Understanding Innovative New Venture Triggers”, Accepted at the Annual Conference of Australian Center for Entrepreneurship Exchange (ACERE), Melbourne, Australia, 7-10 February (2017).
  • Gupta, S., Racherla, U. S. Effect of ISO 14000 certification on sustainability: Evidence from the Indian leather industry, Journal for Social, Political and Economic Studies, 41, 1, 44-50 (2016).
  • Joshi, M., Racherla, U. S. “Understanding the influences of environmental factors on innovative entrepreneurs in new venture creation in India”, Annual Conference of Strategic Management Society, Hong Kong, 10-12 December (2016).
  • Gupta, S., Racherla, U. S. “Feasibility Analysis of Sustainable Use of Tannery Wastes”, Published in the Proceedings of International Conference of Waste Management and Environment, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ISBN 978-967-13588-0-1 (2015).
  • Gupta, S., Racherla, U. S. “A Case Study on the Sustainability Strategies of Three Leading Firms in the Indian Leather Industry: Preliminary Findings”. Published in the Proceedings of 10th Asian International Conference on Leather Science & Technology, Okayama, Japan, November (2014).
  • Gupta, S., Racherla, U. S. “Comparative Analysis of the Sustainability Strategies of Three Leading States (Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh & West Bengal) of the Indian Leather Industry, Ready for submission to Journal of Business Ethics

Technical Research Papers

  • Racherla, U.S. et al., Triple Quantum Magic Angle Spinning 27Al NMR of Aluminum Hydroxides. J. Amer. Chem. Soc. 2002, 124, 3200.
  • Brown, H.C.; Kulkarni, S.V.; Dhokte, U.P.; Racherla, U.S. Chiral Synthesis via Organoboranes. 47. Efficient Synthesis of Unsymmetrical Ketones and Enantiomerically Pure Spiroketals Using Isopinocamphenyldichloroborane. J. Org. Chem. 1998, 63, 7030.
  • Brown, H.C.; Khire, U.R.; Narla, G.; Racherla, U.S. Organoboranes for Synthesis. 15. B-Allenyl-9-BBN: A Highly Regiospecific and Chemoselective Reagent for Allenylboration of Representative Carbonyl Compounds Leading to Homopropargylic Alcohols and Amines. J. Org. Chem. 1995, 60, 544.
  • Racherla, U.S., et al., Efficient Manganese Catalysts for Low Temperature Bleaching. Nature, 1994, 369, 637-639.
  • Brown, H.C.; Kulkarni S.V.; Racherla, U.S. Chiral Synthesis via Organoboranes .39. A Facile Synthesis of -Substituted--Butyrolactones in Exceptionally High Enantiomeric Purity. J. Org. Chem. 1994, 59, 365.
  • Brown, H.C.; Khire, U.R.; Racherla, U.S. 9-Allenyl-9-BBN: A New Reagent for the Efficient Allenylboration of Carbonyl-Compounds Producing the Homopropargylic Alcohols in High Purity and Yield. Tetrahedron Lett. 1993, 34, 15.
  • Brown, H.C.; Racherla, U.S.; Liao, Y.; Khanna, V.V. Chiral Synthesis via Organoboranes.35. Simple Procedures for the Efficient Recycling of the Terpenyl Chiral Auxiliaries and Convenient Isolation of the Homoallylic Alcohols in Asymmetric Allylboration and Crotylboration of Aldehydes. J. Org. Chem. 1992, 57, 6608.
  • Racherla, U.S.; Liao, Y.; Brown, H.C. Chiral Synthesis via Organoboranes .36. Exceptionally Enantioselective Allylborations of Representative Heterocyclic Aldehydes At -100 oC Under Salt-Free Conditions. J. Org. Chem. 1992, 57, 6614.
  • Brown, H.C.; Kulkarni, S.V.; Khanna, V.V.; Racherla, U.S. Organoboranes for Synthesis .14. Convenient Procedures for the Direct Oxidation of Organoboranes from Terminal Alkenes to Carboxylic Acids. J. Org. Chem. 1992, 57, 6173.
  • Negishi, E.; Racherla, U.S. A Tribute to Herbert Charles Brown. Heteroatom Chem. 1992, 3, 201.
  • Brown, H.C.; Iyer, R.; Bhat, N.G.; Racherla, U.S. Organoboranes for Synthesis .13. Simple, Efficient Syntheses of Long Chain Alcohols and Carboxylic Acids. Tetrahedron 1992, 48, 9187.
  • Racherla, U.S.; Khanna, V.V.; Brown, H.C. A Convenient Procedure for the Direct Conversion of Terminal Alkenes into Carboxylic Acids. Tetrahedron Lett. 1992, 33, 1037.
  • Zubaidha, P.K.; Chavan, S.P.; Racherla, U.S. Synthesis of (3)-Heritol. Tetrahedron, 1991, 47, 5759.
  • Racherla, U.S.; Brown, H.C. Chiral Synthesis via Organoboranes .27. Remarkably Rapid and Exceptionally Enantioselective (Approaching 100% e.e) Allylboration of Representative Aldehydes at 100 oC Under New Salt Free Conditions. J. Org. Chem. 1991, 56, 401.
  • Brown, H.C.; Randad, R.S.; Bhat, K.S.; Racherla, U.S. Chiral Synthesis via Organoboranes. 24. B-Allylbis(2-Isocaranyl)Borane as a Superior Reagent for the Asymmetric Allylboration of Aldehydes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1990, 112, 2389.
  • Brown, H.C.; Racherla, U.S.; Pellechia, P.J. Organoboranes .53. A High-Field Variable Temperature 1H and 11B NMR Study of the Effects of Solvent and Structure on Reactivity in Allylboration. J. Org. Chem.1990, 55, 1868.
  • Racherla, U.S.; Daniel, T.; Rajamohanan, P.R., Ayyangar, N.R. Exceptionally Stable Phenyldichlorocarbenium Ion as a Friedel-Crafts Intermediate. A High-Field Multinuclear NMR Study. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1989, 111, 7659.
  • Paquette, L.A.; Waykole. L.; Shen C.C.; Racherla, U.S. Alkylidene Derivatives of Syn-Sesquinorbornatriene. C-13 NMR and Theoretical-Analysis of Homoconjugative Orbital interactions. Tetrahedron Lett. 1988, 29, 4213.
  • Paquette, L.A.; Racherla, U.S. Synthesis of the Parent 1,7-Cyclohexenonorbornadiene and Its Quadricyclane Valence Tautomer. J. Org. Chem. 1987, 52, 3250.
  • Brown, H.C.; Rangaishenvi, M. V.; Racherla, U.S. Addition Compounds of Alkali-Metal Hydrides .30. Rapid Reaction of Trialkylboranes with Lithium Aluminum Hydride. A Novel and Quantitative Synthesis of Lithium Dialkylborohydrides. J. Org. Chem. 1987, 52, 728.
  • Brown, H.C.; Racherla, U.S. Hydroboration .77. Revision of the Regioselectivity of the Hydroboration of Alkenes with Dihaloborane-Dimethyl Sulfide Complexes. J. Org. Chem. 1986, 51, 895.
  • Brown, H.C.; Racherla, U.S. An Unusual Solvent Effect in the Reaction of Ethylmagnesium Bromide with Triethylborane in Ethyl Ether or Tetrahydrofuran. A Simple Direct Route to Tetraorganylborate Complexes. Organometallics, 1986, 5, 391.
  • Brown, H.C.; Racherla, U.S. Organoboranes .43. A Convenient, Highly Efficient Synthesis of Triorganylboranes via a Modified Organometallic Route. J. Org. Chem. 1986, 51, 427.
  • Brown, H.C.; Racherla, U.S. Ultrasonics in Organoborane Chemistry. Rapid Synthesis of Triorganylboranes via Modified Organometallic Route. Tetrahedron Lett. 1985, 26, 4314.
  • Brown, H.C.; Molander, G.A.; Singh, S.M.; Racherla, U.S. Organoboranes .38. A Facile and Highly Efficient Addition of B-1-Alkynyl-9-Borabicyclo [3.3.1] Nonanes to Aldehydes and Ketones: An Exceptionally Chemoselective Synthesis of Propargylic Alcohols. J. Org. Chem. 1985, 50, 1577.
  • Brown, H.C.; Racherla, U.S. Ultrasonics in Organoborane Chemistry. A Novel and Powerful Method for Rapid Hydroboration. Tetrahedron Lett. 1985, 26, 2187.
  • Brown, H.C.; Racherla, U.S.; Singh, S. M. A General, Highly Efficient Synthesis Of 1,4-Diketones And 1,5-Diketones And 1,6-Diketones. Synthesis. 1984, 11, 922.
  • Brown, H.C.; Racherla, U.S.; Basavaiah, D. Pheromone Synthesis via Organoboranes. A Simple Synthesis of [Z]-5-Undecen-2-One, A Ketone from the Pedal Gland of the Bontebok (Damaliscus-Dorcas-Dorcas). Synthesis. 1984, 4, 303.
  • Brown, H.C.; Racherla, U.S.; Singh, S.M. Improved Highly Efficient Synthesis of -Acetylenic Ketones. Nature of the Intermediate from the Reaction of Lithium Acetylide with Boron-Trifluoride Etherate. Tetrahedron Lett. 1984, 25, 2411.
  • Brown, H.C.; Basavaiah, D.; Racherla, U.S. Synthetic Applications of Organoboranes. A Simple Synthesis of Dihydrojasmone. Synthesis, 1983, 11, 886.
  • Brown, H.C.; Racherla, U.S. A Remarkable Reversal In The Direction Of Boron Migration In The Thermal Isomerization Of Organoboranes Derived From 2-Methyl-2-Butene. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1983, 105, 6506.
  • Brown, H.C.; Racherla, U.S. Unusually Slow Thermal Isomerization of Alkyldihaloboranes. A Highly Regiospecific and Stereospecific Synthesis of Alkyldihaloboranes from Labile Olefinic Structures. J. Org. Chem. 1983, 48, 1389.
  • Brown, H.C.; Racherla, U.S. Exceptionally Rapid Thermal Isomerization Of (3-Hexyl)-Bis(Bicyclo[2.2.2]Octyl)Borane. A Convenient and Highly Efficient Synthetic Route for the Conversion of Internal Acyclic Olefins into Terminal Olefins and Their Derivatives. J. Organomet. Chem. 1983, 241, C37.
  • Brown, H.C.; Racherla, U.S. Thermal Isomerization of 3-Hexyldicycloalkylboranes. Evidence for an Important Steric Factor on the Rate of Isomerization and Equilibrium Distribution. Organometallics, 1982, 1, 765.
  • Racherla, U.S.; Pai, G.G. Unusual Thermal Isomerization of B-Alkylboracyclanes. Evidence for Low Steric Requirements of Boracyclanes in Thermal Isomerization. Heterocycles, 1982, 18, 285.
  • Brown, H.C.; Racherla, U.S.; Taniguchi, H. Exceptionally Rapid Thermal Isomerization of (3-Hexyl)Bis(2,5-Dimethylcyclohexyl)Borane. A Sterically Enhanced, Highly Efficient Synthetic Route for the Conversion of Internal Acyclic Olefins into Terminal Olefins and Their Derivatives. J. Org. Chem. 1981, 46, 4314.

Distinguished Lectures

  • Distinguished Guest Lecture at the Department of Surgery, University of Texas South Western Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.  Delivered a distinguished guest lecture on, “What is Innovative Leadership? How Critical is it to the Medical Profession?” to the medical doctors and surgeons, at the Department of Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center (2016).
  • Invited Presentation to Secretary of Defence, Government of India.  Made a special 2-hour invited presentation on “Innovation and Technology Forecasting” to the Secretary of Defence, Government of India, 6 Director Generals (DGs), 6 Controllers, and 12 Directors (Heads) of the Defense Research & Development Organization (DRDO), India (2016).   
  • Key Note Speaker & Guest of Honour, Inaugural Session, 2-days National Conference on IPRs - A Significant Tool for Sustainable Agriculture, Integral University, Lucknow.  Delivered key note address on the “Role and Impact of IPRs for Agriculture in India”, alongside other speakers such as Dr. Rajendra Kumar, Director General, Uttar Pradesh Council of Agricultural Research, Lucknow; Dr. Gaya Prasad, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel University of Agriculture and Technology, Meerut; Prof. (Dr.) M.K.J. Siddiqui, Director and Secretary, Uttar Pradesh Council for Science and Technology, Lucknow (2016).
  • Invited Speaker, Study Circle for Officers, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Kanpur. Topic: “India as the Growth Engine of the World and the Role of Innovation” (2015). 
  • Key note Speaker, SMU Law School, Singapore. Topic: “Do IPRs Promote Innovation?” at the 3-Day International Workshop on the Role of IPRS in Innovation (2014). 


patents

  • Racherla, U. High Moisture Retaining Bars with Borax as Water Structurant, US 6440908. 
  • Racherla, U.; Chen, Q. Bleaching with Polyoxometalates and Air or Molecular Oxygen, WO 00/39264.
  • Racherla, U.; Chen, Q. Bleaching with Polyoxometalates and Air or Molecular Oxygen, US 6,074,437.
  • Racherla, U.; Vermeer, R, C. Bleaching Compositions and Method for Bleaching Substrates Directly with Air, WO 00/36070.
  • Racherla, U.; Vermeer, R, C. Bleaching Compositions Based on Air oxidation of Aromatic Aldehydes at Specific pH Range, WO 00/36064.
  • Racherla, U.; Vermeer, R, C. Bleaching Compositions Based on Air, Uncomplexed Transition Metal Ions and Aromatic Aldehydes, WO 00/36065.
  • Gutierrez, E.; Wu, S-R.; Racherla, U.; Vermeer, R. C. The Detergent Compositions Containing Polyethyleneimines for Enhanced Stain Removal, WO 99/07815.
  • Gutierrez, E.; Wu, S-R.; Racherla, U.; Vermeer, R. C. The Detergent Compositions Containing Polyethyleneimines for Enhanced Peroxygen Bleach Stability, WO 99/07816.
  • Gutierrez, E.; Wu, S-R.; Racherla, U.; Vermeer, R. C. The Detergent Compositions Containing Polyethyleneimines for Enhanced Stain Removal, US 5,904,735 (1999).