Venkata Abbaraju is the Director of Product Development at NEXTracker. Venkata leads NEXTracker’s Tracker Control Systems and Software program, such as TrueCapture™ smart control system. Mr. Abbaraju’s career has focused on accelerating the development and supporting the adoption of solar energy. His first few years in the global solar industry were spent testing solar equipment at the PV testing lab in Arizona State University (ASU) followed by his tenure at world-renowned independent engineering firm, TUV Rheinland PTL. After TUV Rheinland, Mr Abbaragu served as Product Development Engineer with PrimeStar Solar, a CdTe PV panel manufacturer which was later acquired by GE Energy. While at GE Energy, Venkata was responsible for developing innovative and differentiated products, and establishing manufacturing processes. Subsequently, Venkata worked at Yingli as Director of Engineering support in the Americas region, focusing on pre-sales, product management, and after-sale support. Venkata holds a Masters of Engineering in Industrial Quality and Reliability from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering.