Dr. T.S. Sudarshan is the Founder of the Surface Modification Technologies series of conferences and is currently the President and CEO of Materials Modification, Inc. He has a PhD from Virginia Tech and has been responsible for driving the company’s technological leadership in the development of next generation materials, processes and techniques for the past 32 years. He has been a passionate entrepreneur and provided employment to over 400 individuals, provided the first jobs for over 180 students, served on over 10 thesis committees for M,S. and Ph.D’s. Dr Sudarshan has served on the National Materials Advisory Board, Ohio Third Frontier Committees, ASM International Board, Committees for the Army, NSF, NIH and DoE. He has over 180 papers, editor of two journals – Materials and Manufacturing Processes and Surface Engineering, coeditor of 34 books, holder of 30 patents, winner of two R and D 100 awards, Fellow of ASM International, Fellow of IFHTSE, Fellow of IMMM, UK, and Distinguished Alumni of IITM. He has been responsible for heading the development of 18 products and has worked in difficult to solve problems in the area of nanotechnology and surface engineering. He has also been on the Advisory Board of ATI, South Carolina and several other companies as a consultant.