Professor Comandur Venkatesan

Professor, IIT Kanpur

Areas of Interest:

Helicopter dynamics and aeroelasticity, Autonomous helicopter design and development.


Helicopter dynamics

Consultancy Areas:

Helicopter dynamics and aeroelasticity, Autonomous helicopter design and development, Helicopter handling quality .


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Industry (Private), Industry (PSUs), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies), Entrepreneurs, Law Enforcement Agencies, Consultancy Firms, Private Agencies

Major Professional Contributions:

  • Indigenous development of two design oriented analysis codes, which were delivered to Rotary-wing R&D Centre, Hindustan Aeronautics Bangalore and these codes have been validated with flight test and have been accepted by HAL. The names of the codes are:
    1. Structural Dynamic Analysis of Rotor blades (SDAR)
    2. Comprehensive Aeroelastic and Flight Dynamic Analysis of Rotorcraft (CAFDAR)
  • Developed an autonomous mini helicopter. This vehicle is undergoing flight tests in the helicopter laboratory at IIT Kanpur. Both HAL and DRDO have signed an MOU for the transfer of technology for the design and development of autonomous mini helicopter in India
  • Book: Fundamentals of Helicopter Dynamics, CRC Press, 2014 Boca Raton, USA.

Professional Experience:

  • Asst. Research Engr. Univ. of California, 1981-1985
  • Senior Manager, HAL angalore, 1986-1988
  • Associate Research Engr., Univ. of California, 1989-1993
  • Asso. Professor,IIT Kanpur 1993-1999
  • Professor, IIT Kanpur 1999-2012
  • Professor (HAG-Scale) 2012-till date.


Helicopter dynamics, Autonomous helicopter design and development.

Contact Information


Dept. of Aerospace Engg.
IIT Kanpur 208106

Ph: 0512 6797284/ 2597284

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  • B.Sc, Madras University
  • M.Sc, IIT Madras
  • M.Sc, IISc Bangalore
  • P.hD, IISc Bangalore


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Dr. VM Gatage Award from Aeronautical Society of India
  • Fellow, INAE
  • Associate Fellow, AIAA
  • Lifetime Contribution to Indian Helicopter Technology, 4-th Asian/Australian Rotorcraft Forum, 2015
  • Tenth Prof. AK Rao Memorial Lecture, Sept. 2015, Organised by ISAMPE

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated To : Section VII: Aerospace Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 2004

Year of Birth: 18 NOv. 1950