Venkat Selvamanickam Biography Dr. Venkat Selvamanickam is a M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston, the Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Institute and the Director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity Applied Research Hub. Previously, he was the Chief Technology Officer of SuperPower Inc, a former subsidiary of Philips Electronics. He led SuperPower to multiple world-records for the highest performance thin film high temperature superconductor (HTS) wire over several length scales, the longest thin film HTS wire made and first to pilot manufacturing. He led the world’s first significant delivery of thin film superconductor wire to build a power transmission cable in Albany, NY, which is the world’s first demonstration of a thin film superconductor device in the power grid.