Dr. C. G. Krishnadas Nair

Hony. President, SIATI, Former Chairman, HAL, Chancellor, Jain University, Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries (SIATI)

Areas of Interest:

Metallurgy and Materials Science, Aerospace Industry, Small Scale Industries, R&D Management, Post Graduate Research & Education, Teaching and Skill Development / Entrepreneurial Development


Industry Management, Project management, Research Management, Materials Testing and Evaluation including Non-Destructive Testing, Developing Standards for Materials, Processes and Tests

Consultancy Areas:

No consultancy but guidance and support for industries particularly SMEs are provided for R&D and Innovation for Materials, products and process products development especially for aerospace applications.


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), Industry (PSUs), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Entrepreneurs

Major Professional Contributions:

Transformed Hindustan Aeronautics into globally competent aerospace industry through long term strategic plan with emphasis on R&D, diversification, industry academy interaction and partnership with private industries. Led Design and development of major projects such as Advanced Light Helicopter, Light Armed Helicopter, New Jet Trainer and led HAL as technology / industry partner with DRDO and ISRO for major projects such as LCA, Prithvi and Agni missiles, ASLV, PSLV, GSLV and various satellites. Founded the first joint venture defense sector BAe-HAL Software Ltd and several other joint projects.Guided several SMEs as R&D and Innovation Partners and cost effective reliable supply chain for aerospace components structures, equipments and systems. Founded Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries (SIATI). Served as the first Vice Chancellor at MATS University, Raipur. Founded the International Institute of Aerospace and Engineering and Management, provid ing industry and R&D linked UG and PG programs in Aerospace engineering. Published over 200 research and technical papers and 24 books in the field of engineering technology and management. Founded the Asian Society for Professional Ethics and Management and is Chairman Editorial Board of Professional Ethics and Management.

Professional Experience:

  • Chairman & Managing Director, HAL.
  • Director Board several Private and Public Sector industries.
  • Vice Chancellor MATS University, Raipur.
  • Managing Director, Cochin International Airport.
  • Professor and Chairman and Governing Council IIAEM.
  • Chancellor Jain University.


Metallurgy Material Science, Non-Destructive Testing, Research Management, Project Management, Private Public Sector Partnership, Support to Small and Medium Scale Industries, Industry Academy Collaborations, Member Board of Research Council, Academic Council, Private and Public Sector Industries


Contact Information


Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies & Industries,
AeSI Building, Suranjanadas Road, Off. Old Madras Road, Bangalore - 560 075
Phone: +91-80-25219951
Fax: +91-8025292440

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  • B. Tech. Metallurgical Engineering, IIT Madras.
  • M. Sc. Engineering and PhD University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • INAE Life Time Achievement Award (2007) in the field of Engineering from the Indian National Academy of Engineering.
  • IIM Platinum Award (2004).
  • Scope Award for Best Chief Executive and Gold Plaque from Prime Minister of India (2003).
  • National Metallurgist Award (2003).
  • Padmashree (2001).
  • Dr. Ambedkar Bharath Shree Award (2001).
  • Rashtriya Ratna Award (2001).
  • Swadeshi Science Puraskara (2000).
  • Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award (1997).
  • Omprakash Bhasin Award for Aerospace (1996).
  • Vasvik Research Award (1992).
  • National Award for R&D (1991).
  • FIE Foundation Award (1991).
  • National Aeronautical Prize (1990).

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated To: Section VIII: Mining Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 1992

Year of Birth: 17/08/1941