Prof. TC Rao is the world renowned mineral engineer who is a teacher as well as a highly celebrated professional mineral engineer. He was professor and head of mineral engineering department at Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad and later lead RR Labs (CSIR), Bhuvaneswar as Director. Currently he is helping Indian and International companies engaged in mineral processing as consultant. Prof. TC Rao is a student of Prof. C. Mahadevan. On 13th September 2010, he delivered Prof. Chiranjeevi endowment lecture at Andhra University. Sri Sunil Tripathy was conferred Prof. C. Chiranjeevi Mineral Engineering Science Award on that day.