Professor Rajaram Nagappa

Dean, School of Conflict and Strategic Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies

Areas of Interest:

Solid Propellant Rockets, Ballistic and Cruise Missiles, Missile Defence, Space Security, Defence Industry, composite materials and high energy materials, small satellites, hypersonic missile systems, missile stability.


Rocket and missile propulsion

Consultancy Areas:

High energy material, ballistic and cruise missiles, processes, performance, safety issues, space security.


Sector Associated With:


Sectors Interested to Offer Service:

Industry (Private), R&D Organizations, Government (including funding agencies)

Major Professional Contributions:

Design, development and realisation of solid propellant systems for Launch Vehicles; Design and review support for DRDO missile propulsion systems; Conceptualisation of ANUSAT-1, the first Indian University initiative for small satellites at Anna University; establishment of High Temperature material evaluation laboratory and laboratory for aging studies at Anna University; Study of strategic missile capability in the region..

Professional Experience:

  • Project Director, Solid Motors Project, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Associate Director,Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Pandalai Memorial AR&DB Chair Professor, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Anna University, Chennai
  • Lady Davis Visiting Professor, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
  • Visiting Professor and Head, International Strategic and Security Studies Programme, NIAS.


Rockets, missiles, static test, hypersonic propulsion, space policy, policy and strategic issues, safety, ASAT.


Contact Information


School of Conflict and Strategic Studies
National Institute of Advanced Studies
IISc Campus
Bengaluru 560012
Tel: +91 80 22185087
Fax: +91 80 22185028

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  • B.Sc (Physics, Chemistry, Maths, 1962, St Anthony's College (Gauhati University), Shillong
  • DMIT (Aeronautics), 1966, Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai


Awards and Major Professional Recognitions

  • Astronautical Society of India Award
  • Agni Award for Excellence in Self-reliance
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contribution to the activities of Space Propulsion Technical Committee, International Astronautical Federation
  • Hon. Fellowship of the High Energy Material Society of India
  • DRDO Award for Academy Excellence

Link to Website

INAE Section Affiliated VII: Aerospace Engineering

Year of Election to Fellowship: 1993

Year of Birth: 1941