Portrait of Karthik Ramachandra

Karthik Ramachandra

Principal Engineering Manager


Currently I head the Azure SQL DB R&D Organization in India. Prior to this, I was a senior researcher at Microsoft Research India and senior scientist at Microsoft Gray Systems Lab. My areas of interest include query processing and optimization in large scale databases and data management systems. I am also interested in Big-data systems, cloud database-as-a-service and the intersection of databases and compilers/programming languages.

I have a PhD in computer science from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and a B.Tech. from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore. My doctoral thesis titled “Holistic Optimization of Database Applications” won an honorable mention for the ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award in 2015. It also won the IIT Bombay “Excellence in Ph.D Research Award 2015”. Prior to my Ph.D., I spent 5 years at ThoughtWorks Inc., where I led teams designing and developing enterprise software systems.

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