Dr. Rita John is Professor and Head, Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Madras, Chennai, India. She is Visiting Professor on Fulbright Fellowship at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, USA (2014). Her area of research includes Computational/Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Band Gap Engineering, Quantum Confinements in Nano Materials, Smart Materials for Bio Medical and Space Applications.She has been a member of Administrative, Academic, Selection, Research committees and various International and National Professional bodies. She is a resource person for the Mentoring workshop for applying to various fellowships of United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) and Evaluator for the Fulbright Senior Award and Junior Advanced Research Award for two foreign countries.