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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

MAN TO WATCH | DRDO picks smart nav brain GSR as RCI chief | Young missile scientists upbeat

   When a journalist writes a report appreciating scientists, self-styled defence experts and the know-all defence writers term it as a PR piece. Because, in India only the bad and the ugly sells, with good having no takers. Still, when an extremely talented and promising man gets a crucial elevation in his career, he must be hailed -- the write way. Hence, this short piece.
   Yesterday, the DRDO announced the appointment of navigation scientist G Sateesh Reddy as the director for its Hyderabad-based Research Centre Imarat (RCI) -- a top lab that's part of India's elite Missile Complex. He took over last evening and will assume office today. Probably it is after many years, DRDO chose a gifted youngster to head a critical lab. The youngest man to be crowned as an Outstanding Scientist (OS) in DRDO, Sateesh has already caught the eye of the top brass in MoD, DRDO, ISRO, CSIR, Defence PSUs, Army, Navy among others.
   Tarmak007 interacted with Sateesh couple of times while chasing stories and the young man came as a simple soul. He will never beat around the bush, will never speak off the record, will never share info without clearance. But, when he is cleared to speak, he can be better than the best of Physics teachers around. He will explain every technology bit by bit, so that the journalist is not at sea and the reader hence saved the next day morning! In Hyderabad, often you would hear: "Ask Sateesh."
   Has his mentor Dr Kalam had any influence on him? Well, at some stages, one could see a touch of Dr Kalam in him. His intra-personal skills are very much Dr Kalam-like. Insiders tell this blog that it was Dr Kalam who broke the news of Sateesh being appointed as the RCI boss, during his recent visit to the lab.
   Always surrounded by young scientists, Sateesh comes to you as a new-generation leader, carrying his people forward. The comments on the Tarmak007's FB page and the number of times the post being shared on Indian Army Fans' FB page -- are just glimpses of his popularity among youngsters. "He is extremely spiritual, always helpful and approachable all the time," says a young scientist working with him.
   Well, the blogger is sure that GSR is the man to watch for India ahead. While his career is sure to jettison ahead, it will be interesting to see how his out-of-the-box ideas will influence India's missile programmes.
   He needs to be given time, and they say even if he is blind-folded, he would deliver! 
   Well, let's wait and see...
   All the best, GSR!
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(Official DRDO release below | Unedited)
Navigation Scientist to steer the course of Missile
Laboratory Research Centre Imarat, DRDO


Sri G. Satheesh Reddy, Outstanding Scientist has been appointed as Director, Research Centre Imarat, Hyderabad w.e.f. 01 May 2013. A B.Tech (ECE) Graduate from JNTU Ananthapur and has completed M.S. (By Research) in Electronics and Communication Engineering from JNTU, Hyderabad. Joined DRDO in July 1986 and has been serving in RCI right from the inception of the establishment and gained vast experience in the areas of Avionics and Missile Systems.

A leading Navigation expert with more than two and half decades of experience and has enormously contributed towards development in critical areas of Inertial Systems, Embedded Computers, Real Time Software, Guidance and Control technologies along with associated Avionics systems. Played a pivotal role in envisioning the futuristic requirements and Accelerated the focussed R&D in decisive technologies.

RCI established in 1988, a brainchild of Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam established in 1988 with Dr Kalam as founder Director and with Mission of being a premier institute for developing frontier technologies in collaboration with academic institutions and industry, to foster human resources for professional excellence and to organize for induction and production of the guided missile systems for the armed forces. RCI, the premier institute of DRDO is the Avionics system hub for Missiles, Aircrafts, UAVs, Helicopters and other Strategic and Tactical Systems in our country.

RCI has been delivering all the Programmes and Projects of Missile Complex with Avionic Sub-systems of Navigation, Onboard Computers, Mission software, Power Supply Systems, Control Systems, Seekers alongwith Electrical and Mechanical Integration and state-of-art test facilities of Electro Magnetic Interference/Compatibility and Environmental Testing. The Laboratory was earlier headed by famous personalities like Lt Gen (Dr) V.J. Sundaram, Sri K.V.S.S. Prasad Rao and Dr V.K. Saraswat.  Mr. Satheesh Reddy, was born to an agricultural family and belongs to Mahimalore Village, Atmakur Mandal of Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh. He studied in the Mahimalore village itself upto 10th class and pursued Intermediate in V.R. College, Nellore.

For his Technological achievements and vital contributions to the field of Aerospace Engineering, various professional bodies/societies across the world have honoured him as Academician and inducted him into their Institution. He is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE), The Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), United Kingdom, Institution of Engineers (India) (FIE), Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (FIETE), Andhra Pradesh Academy of Sciences (FAPAS) and an Associate Fellow of the  American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AFAIAA), USA, Royal Institution of Navigation (AFRIN), London, Full time Academy Member of the prestigious Russian Academy of Navigation and Motion Control (FMANACUD) and also a Senior Member of IEEE.

Recognizing his innovative efforts in the country, he has been conferred with many awards and has been felicitated extensively throughout the country. Some of the important honours and recognitions are Young Scientist Award for Modeling of Inertial Sensors, AGNI Award for Excellence in Self Reliance as a Team Leader for the year 2006, DRDO Scientist of the Year Award for the year 2010 Outstanding Engineer Award by the Federation of Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FAPCCI) for the year 2011, B.V. Baliga Memorial Award by the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) for the year 2012, Prof Yashwant Rao Kelkar Yuva Puraskar was awarded by the Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in recognition of his efforts for making our country self-reliant in the area of Navigation Systems for Defence applications, DRDO Performance Excellence Award has been conferred twice for contributions towards successful BRAHMOS and DHANUSH Missions, Path Breaking Research/Outstanding Technology Development Award has been conferred twice and presented as a Team member for successful Air Defence (AD) and AGNI Missions, Systems Society of India VIKRAM Award for contribution to Real life Systems of National Importance for the year 2012, Aeronautical Society of India Dr Biren Roy Space Science and Design Award for contribution to Aerospace and Navigation Sciences for the year 2012, Astronautical Society of India ASI Rocketry Award for contributions to Rocket Sciences and related technologies for the year 2010.

Sri Satheesh Reddy is the Vice Chairman of the Aeronautical Society of India, Hyderabad and Founder Vice President of the Sensors Research Society, India.

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