Rahul Raut is Director, Strategy and Technology Acquisition at Alpha Assembly Solutions, South Plainfield, NJ. Currently, Raut is responsible for leading New Business Development (NBD) Program and for building and deploying Growth Strategies. He is also responsible for developing strategically focused collaborations, partnerships and joint ventures with various Universities, Consortia’s, and external Customers. Previously, as Manager, Solder Paste Technologies and Strategic Initiatives, Raut spearheaded Alpha’s Strategic Initiatives in the fastest growing electronics manufacturing markets in the world. He was also responsible for planning, coordinating and executing Solder Paste initiatives [Alpha’s flagship product] from concept to launch and was also managing Applications and Reliability Laboratories. As a Program Manager, he was instrumental in New Product Development (NPD) activities, for diverse Products such as Solder Paste, Cored Wire, Wave fluxes, Epoxy-based products, PV and Energy Technologies. He is author and co-author of more than 50 technical papers at various International Conferences. Topics covered include Assembly Processes, Advanced Materials, Thermal Management, Failure Analysis, Sustainability and in areas covering Emerging Technologies such as Energy, LED/Optoelectronics and Photovoltaics. Raut has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt in DMAIC and DFSS streams. Raut also has an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership, from Sloan School of Management, MIT, MA.