Prof R Narasimha

Director, NAL (1984-1993)

Prof R Narasimha is a Padma Vibushan awardee. He is currently DST Year-of-Science Chair Professor at JNCASR and concurrently holds the Pratt and Whitney Chair in Science and Engineering at University of Hyderabad. In his position as Director NAL, he had successfully lead several major technological programmes  

Dr. Prahlada

Vice Chancellor, DIAT (2011-2015)

Dr. Prahlada Ramarao is an Padma Shri Awardee and formerly has held posts of Distinguished Scientist and Chief Controller, Research  & Development (Aero & Services Interaction), DRDO, Ministry of Defence, New Delhi, and Vice Chancellor,  Defence Institute of Advance Technology , Pune. As Director DRDL (1997-2005) , he has pioneered, championed and perfected many world class aerospace technologies 




Prof S Deshpande

Senior Research Associate, EMU, JNCASR

Prof S Despande is a Senior Research Associate at JNCASR. He has been advisor for many national projects and has interest in research areas related to Fluid Mechanics, Numerical Algorithms, Data Assimilation for weather forecasting, etc.

Dr A R Upadhya

Director, NAL (2004-2011)

Dr A R Upadhya holds  B Tech and M E degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur  and Indian Institute of Science respectively, and a Ph D from Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK .

He served as a Scientist at the  CSIR – National Aerospace Laboratories initially during 1974-1986   and then as its Director during 2004-2011. In between, he was associated with the design and development of the Light Combat Aircraft   at the Aeronautical Development Agency, MoD in the areas of Loads, Dynamics and Aero-Servo- Elasticity. Post superannuation , he was appointed as Dr Raja Ramanna DRDO Distinguished Fellow of the Department of Defence Research, MOD  at ADA for a period of 4 years

Dr Upadhya was also closely associated with the country’s novel National Programmes on Smart Materials & MEMS, first as the Programme Director of the first programme NPSM and later as Co-chairman of the Executive Committee of the Second programme NP-MASS


Dr V Adimurthy

Dean Research, IIST

Dr. V Adimurthy is the Satish Dhawan Professor and Dean of Research at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST). He has held the post of Associate Director at VSSC (ISRO) and made several contributions to rocket technology and space dynamics

Dr K P Singh

Technology Director, ARD&P, ADA

Dr. K P Singh lead the Aerodynamics and Performance directorate of ADA as technology director and has contributed in many areas such as Air data systems, CFD, etc. 


Mr Biju Uthup

Project Director (AURA), ADA

Mr. Biju Uthup is a Project Director at ADA for Autonomous unmanned vehicles. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of Aerodynamics and Aircraft design. He has made several contributions in CFD, grid generation, aircraft design methods, etc.