Ram Chillarege received the IEEE Technical Achievement Award for the invention of Orthogonal Defect Classification (ODC). His consulting practice has helped several Fortune 500 companies implement ODC and build their centers of competency. Cumulative savings from ODC runs upwards of several $100 M. At IBM, Ram founded and ran the Center for Software Engineering. He also formulated the strategy for a corporate wide Testing initiative, developing and deploying a new level of technology to reach 50,000 engineers. Over the past decade, he chaired the IEEE Steering committee for Software Reliability Engineering, and raised the profile of the conference and community. He received a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Electrical and Computer and Engineering. He authored over 50 peer reviewed technical articles and serves on several international committees. Recently he was awarded the IEEE Computer Society Meritorious Service Award. He has a varied set of interests and hobbies: The latest is metal welding and HVAC. Over the past couple decades he funded and developed a magnet school program for an under privileged primary school in rural India.