After graduating in 1976, he worked as a chemical engineer from 1976 to 1989 in India. He then moved to the USA, got a Master’s degree in engineering from University of Kentucky in 1991, and worked with KY state EPA for 5 years. In 1997, Murali Rao moved into Information Technology, and has been working mainly on Mainframes since then. He has a good knowledge of Excel Microsoft Office application. His hobbies are photography and cooking.