Faculty: Rao Mikkilineni

Rao Mikkilineni, PhD

Adjunct Professor
(408) 406 7639
San Francisco, Online

Dr. Rao Mikkilineni received his PhD from University of California, San Diego in 1972 working under the guidance of prof. Walter Kohn (Nobel Laureate 1998). He later worked as a research associate at the University of Paris, Orsay, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York, Yeshiva University, New York, Cornell University, Ithaca and Columbia University, New York.

He is currently the Founder and Chief Scientist at C3 DNA Inc., California, a Silicon Valley startup developing next generation cloud computing infrastructure. His past experience includes working at AT&T Bell Labs, Bellcore, U S West, several startups and more recently at Hitachi Data Systems. He currently chairs IEEE conference track on “Convergence of Distributed Clouds, Grids, and their Management” in WETICE2015. He has published several papers on POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service, PANS (Pretty Amazing New Services using the Internet) and SANs (Storage Area Networks). He has extensively taught information security courses at Golden Gate University. His book “Designing a New Class of Distributed Systems” was published by Springer, New York in 2011.

He presented his work on cognitive distributed computing architecture in the Turing Centenary Conference in Manchester in 2012. More recently, he was on the cover of CIO Review magazine. They named C3DNA as one of the 20 most promising application management solutions.


ITM 316
Software Engineering
ITM 323
Security, Privacy and Compliance
ITM 399
Directed Study
MSBA 307
Analytics, Intelligence, Security, & Privacy


  • Cloud Computing
  • Enterprise Software
  • Virtualization
  • Data Center


  • MBA (Japanese Management), Japan American Institute Management
  • PhD (Physics), University of California,San Diego
  • MS (Physics),  Syracuse University


  • April 2018 - Present:Co-Inventor and Chief Scientist, C3DNA
  • 2015 - Present: Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University
  • 2002 - 2007: Adjunct Professor, Golden Gate University
  • 2016 - Present, Interim Chief Executive Officer, C3DNA