Chris Ramming is a research director and technology strategist working at the intersection of theory and practice. He joined VMware to help drive organic innovation, and his responsibilities include the VMware academic research program and an internal incubator that translates emerging technologies into new revenue streams. Chris is a steering committee member and former chair of DARPA’s ISAT, an Information Science and Technology study group that helps DARPA identify and understand emerging technological disruptions. He is on the board of the Computing Research Association, where he also serves on the CRA-Industry steering committee. He is a board member and immediate past chair of UIDP – the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership. During his career Chris has been privileged to work with several leading research organizations including Intel, DARPA, AT&T Research/Bell Labs. At Intel, he was responsible for the Intel Labs University Collaboration Office, where some of the key challenges included strategic topic selection and systematic technology/insight transfer of key ideas. At DARPA, he led several programs related to mobile ad-hoc networking and decision support systems. At AT&T/Bell Labs Research he focused on telecommunications-related software, services, and languages. Chris has a background in computer science with degrees from Yale and UNC Chapel Hill.