Dr Raja Ramanna DRDO Distinguished Fellow; Immediate Past Director, CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories, Aeronautical Development Agency, MoD, Govt. of India, Bangalore 560037

Areas of Interest:

Aeronautics related fields , R&D Management, Flight Vehicle Design and Development. .


Aircraft Design, Aircraft Structures, Aeroelasticity, Aero-servo-elasticity, Composite Structures, Smart Materials, R&D Management

Consultancy Areas:

Same as above.


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:


Major Professional Contributions:

(i) Design and Development of Light Combat Aircraft- Tejas , with particular emphasis on Loads, Dynamics, Aeroelasticity and Structure-Control-Interactions, Structural optimisation,Flight Vibration and Flutter Testing, Composite Structures etc (ii)Programme Director of first National Programme on Smart Materials (iii)Design, Development and Ground Testing and WT Testing of Launch Vehicle Models for Buffet Response (iv) Director, CSIR-NAL : Aerospace R&D and Small Civil Aircraft Design and Development (v)Convener/Chairman: Technical Committee, AR&DB (vi) Adviser: Advanced Medium Combat Feasibility Studies at ADA Bangalore. .

Professional Experience:

  • Project Director(Structural Technologies)& Associate Programme Director(LCA Navy), ADA , Bangalore
  • Programme Director , National Programme on Smart Materials , ADA, Bangalore
  • Scientist(1974-1986) & Director(2004-2011), CSIR-NAL, Bangalore
  • Honorary Guest Professor, IIT-Bombay
  • Chairman/Convener, Technical Committee, AR&DB , DRDO


Aircraft Design, Aeroelasticity, Aerospace R&D, AR&DB, Smart Materials, .


Contact Information


Office: AMCA Directorate, Aeronautical Development Agency, Ministry of Defence, GoI, PB No. 1718, Vibhutipura Post , Bangalore 560037, Ph: 080-25087170, Fax:080-25232418 Mobile: 09845042092
Residence: No.114, 2nd Cross Road, Kasturi Nagar, Bangalore 560043 Ph:080-25458522

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  • PhD(College of Aeronautics, Cranfield Institute of Technolgy, UK),
  • ME(Dept. of Aerospace Eng., IISc, Bangalore)
  • BTech.(Dept of Aerospace Eng., IIT, Kharagpur)


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIT, Kharagpur
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Dept. of Aerospace Eng., IISc, Bangalore
  • Visveswaraya Vijnana Puraskara, Swadeshi Vijnana Andolana(Karnataka)(2008)
  • Engineering Personality, Institute of Engineers(India)(2009)
  • Fellow of INAE & Aeronautical Society of India
  • Honorary Member, ISAMPE
  • Member, Academic Senate , VTU, Karnataka (2009-13)
  • Citation by IE(India)- Board of Metals & Materials Eng. Dvn.(2008)
  • IE(India)-Rajastan State Centre(2010)
  • Institute of Smart Structures & Systems(2012)
  • Served as Member, Karnataka State Council for S&T(KSCST)

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated VII: Aerospace Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2010

Year of Birth: 1949