Rana is currently Director of Research Development at UVA College of Arts and Sciences. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and MBA. He is a management professional with experience in CEO, COO roles and strategic planning assignments. He has contributed to nearly a dozen start-ups through international collaborations and joint ventures in Australia and India. He is solutions-oriented, committed to supporting innovation and new enterprises and has mentored many young researchers in developing and translating intellectual property to successful outcomes.