Rajkamal Rao Bio




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Rajkamal Rao heads Rao Advisors LLC, a firm to counsel students about all things college - readiness, financial planning, selection, strategy and admissions.  The firm has helped hundreds of international student clients win admission to top colleges and universities including such reputed institutions as the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Duke, University of Illinois-Urbana, Texas A & M, University of  Utah, University of Minnesota, U-Mass (Amherst), USC, North Carolina State University, Arizona State and Virginia Tech. 

Mr. Rao is an expert on higher education.  He is an active public speaker conducting awareness seminars on higher education and student camps hosted by cities such as Southlake, Frisco and Plano.  His higher education webinars are regularly broadcast live to engineering colleges in India. 

His course, "School to College", an innovative ½ credit elective for high school students, launched in the State of Washington on the Red Comet online platform in 2018.  A video version of this course is live on Udemy, the world's largest online learning and teaching marketplace with over 15 million students, as is his course on College Financial Planning.   He has written a book on college selection  - College Selection the Smart Way.  

Mr. Rao excels in educating families about the many changes that are occurring in the nation's higher education scene including typically addressing topics such as:  What are acceptance rates and yields?  What are recent trends in college admissions?  What makes a student profile?  What factors are important in college admissions decisions?  Why is high school course planning critical?  How can we rethink extracurricular activities?  How can families make college more affordable?  What should families know about financial aid?

Mr. Rao serves as an international op-ed columnist for The Hindu BusinessLine, India's second largest financial newspaper, which, in a YouTube video ad labeled him asone of the country’s top experts.” [00:40].   Click here for an archive of his opinion pieces.   He also writes a weekly column, "World View", for the paper's portal for business school students.  He is frequently quoted in the press on matters related to his areas of expertise.

Mr. Rao lives with his wife and son, in Bedford, TX.  He may be contacted at rajkamal.rao@raoadvisors.com.

Professional Experience
Mr. Rao has on-site consulting and executive-level client management experience at the world’s largest organizations including the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Wells Fargo, GMAC, Hertz, GM, VeriSign, 53 Bank, US DOT, AT&T, NCUA, TSA, Qwest, Bezeq (Israel) and Swisscom.  He has worked around the world including Switzerland, Austria, Canada, Israel, China and Japan. His most recent position was with PwC, the world's second-largest business consulting firm, where he worked as a Director in the Financial Services Advisory practice, based out of Dallas.  He is cleared by the US Government at Security Level-2, courtesy of the US Office of Personnel Management.

Early Years
Mr. Rao was born and bred in Bangalore.  A product of National High School and National College, he graduated with a BE degree in Mechanical Engineering from BMS College.  Even as a student, he had a passion for helping students.  In 1981, as a second year engineering student, he joined two other friends in expanding free mathematics coaching for SSLC and II PUC students.  By 1985, he was tutoring students in engineering subjects as well. 

Education
In 1986, he went to Villanova University on a full scholarship.  After earning a Masters in Mechanical Engineering degree there, he worked as a Robotics and CNC engineer for nearly 6 years at one of the largest roller bearing manufacturers in the US.  In 1994, he entered Carnegie Mellon University and graduated with an MBA, Magna Cum Laude - specializing in Strategy, Marketing and Information Systems.  In 2007, Mr. Rao completed a Certificate Course in Executive Education at the Yale School of Management. 

Other Media Accomplishments
Mr. Rao has written four books, all available on Amazon - College Selection the Smart Way
Relocating to India; A Step by Step Guide; The New H-1B/STEM Provisions: How the US Senate Continues to Undermine American Competitiveness; and a children's fiction book on exploring Kashmir - Adventure in the Kashmir Valley.
 
In 2013, Mr. Rao participated in the consulting firm McKinsey's global essay competition, "Reimagining India".  His submission was the winning entry for the topic: "How can “innovation capitalism” drive India’s technological and economic development?"

Mr. Rao is an avid sports fan and has covered sports events for All India Radio as a correspondent.  Click here for a list of his archived broadcasts.

He also runs a blog - www.relocationindia.com - on the topic of his first book.

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