Rakesh S. Chandran was born and raised in Trivandrum, Kerala, India, where he obtained B.Sc. in Agriculture from Kerala Agricultural University. Subsequently, he moved to the United States where he received a diploma in International Horticulture Training Program from Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, followed by M.S in Horticulture from the Univ. Florida, and a Doctorate in Weed Science from Virginia Tech. After serving as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Citrus Research and Education Center with Univ. Florida, he joined the faculty at West Virginia University. Dr. Chandran has published over 100 articles including extension fact-sheets, peer-reviewed journal articles, research reports, and a book chapter. He has served as the Research and Education Coordinator of the Northeastern Weed Science Society and as the Chair of the Northeastern Technical Committee on Integrated Pest Management, various committees for the Weed Science Society of America, and on the editorial board of two scientific journals. He has served on numerous panels to review proposals submitted to the USDA. He has served as volunteer on a USAID-funded mission to assist vegetable farmers of Guyana, South America, and presented his research findings in numerous international conferences. He is currently an Extension Weed Specialist, Professor and Integrated Pest Management Coordinator at West Virginia University, where he conducts a successful applied research and extension program to address grower problems related to weed management in agronomic, horticultural, and other crops. He teaches two undergraduate courses at West Virginia University and serves on Graduate Committees.