Future Perfect: G. Satheesh Reddy, DRDO's young missile scientist.
Are we witnessing the impact of HR reforms in DRDO, following the revamp announced by A.K. Antony in 2009? Insiders say that the much-needed change is slowly setting in. Result: Youngsters are getting their due, finally.
As a result, a promising missile scientist from RCI -- G. Satheesh Reddy -- is being promoted as an Outstanding Scientist (OS), recently. While there are many in DRDO with the OS status, what makes this promotion unique is the fact that Satheesh is only 48, thereby making him probably the youngest scientist to get the coveted OS status.
His technological achievements, eminence and innovative applications of engineering gave him the rare distinction to pick up this rare honor at the age of 48 years. He was earlier conferred with DRDO Scientist of the Year Award in 2010 and also the Fellowship of Indian National Academy of Engineering Fellowship (FNAE).
He has already made remarkable contributions towards indigenous design, development and production of advanced Navigation Systems for various defence applications. Insiders in DRDO say that the man has been playing a leading role in giving youngsters exposure to some of the most critical programs. "Satheesh has worked with Dr Kalam and was fortunate enough to have watched his working style from very close quarters. It is a good sign that DRDO is recognizing the talent of the second and third line of leaders. This will certainly help check the brain drain to a great extent," say sources.