Dr. Chinnana Pichu Ramanarayanan

Distinguished Scientist & Director General, DRDO HQ

Areas of Interest:

Propulsion configuration. Propulsion system performance analysis. Plant layout, system engineering, subsystem ICD, testing. Trouble shooting, performance enhancement of propulsion systems. WankelEngine, reciprocating engines, wobble plate engines, turbine engines efficiency optimization. Two phase flow analysis and heat transfer calculations.


Propulsion; Heat Transfer

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Educational / Academic institutions, Industry (Private), Industry (PSUs), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists, Law Enforcement Agencies, Consultancy Firms, Private Agencies, Individuals

Major Professional Contributions:

He laid the foundation for work related to development of thermal propulsion system for underwater weapons. He visualized and conceptualized the first ever effort made in this country for development of this technology. As project Director, he spear headed a team of dedicated engineers and realized the set mission objective of realizing the indigenous Propulsion (Power Plant) package from abinitio. He also developed a testing and qualification Scheme and methodology for testing inspection and acceptance of the power package.

He is also responsible for making a beginning in development of engines using wobble plate mechanism. Under his leadership path breaking researchhas been undertaken in the area of closed cycle thermal system jointly with BARC.

Professional Experience:

  • Distuinguished Scientist & Director General (Aero) ,DRDO HQ
  • Director, Gas Turbine Research & Establishment.
  • Director, Vehicle Research &Development Establishment.
  • Project Director, Underwater propulsion system, NSTL.


Propulsion, heat transfer, cycle optimization, system configuration.


Contact Information


Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE),
CV Raman Nagar,
Bangalore-560 093
Phone: 080-25240698
Fax: 080-25241507
Mobile: 09483516385

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  • B. Sc. ( Engg), Mechanical, 1981, Regional Engineering College Calicut
  • ME, Mechanical (IC Engines), 1987, Indian Institute of Sciences
  • PhD, Energy Systems, 2010, JNTU, Hyderabad


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Award for his invention towards Project Development of TTL by DRDO
  • Awarded " Scientist of the Year" award , 2005 by DRDO
  • National representative and Board of Director`s of International Society of Airbreathing Engines.
  • President Aeronautical Society of India ,Bangalore Chapter.
  • Immediate past President of Society of Society Aerospace Quality and Reliability.

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated III: Mechanical Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2013

Year of Birth: 1958