Faculty: Rao Mikkilineni

Rao Mikkilineni, PhD

Distinguished Adjunct Professor
San Francisco, Online

Dr. Rao is the Distinguished Adjunct Professor currently teaching “Analytics, Intelligence, Security & Privacy” in the MSBA program. He started teaching at GGU in 2002 and has taught several courses on Information Security. Dr. Rao is a seasoned business executive and technologist who brings business perspectives and technology insights from four decades of professional experiences spanning at global corporations such as AT&T Bell Labs, Bellcore, US West, Network Programs, Fujitsu, and Hitachi Data Systems. 

He is a well-known speaker and author of several publications along with five granted patents. He published a book "Designing a New Class of Distributed Systems" in 2011 and presented a paper on a new computing model in the Turing centenary conference in 2012. He was featured in a cover story in the CIO review Magazine as pioneering an era of self-managing applications.

Dr. Rao 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 and Columbia University, New York. He also  lived and worked in Japan as the General Manager of Network Programs and has an MS degree in Japanese Management from Japan American Institute of Management Science and Sophia University.​


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