IITB Alumnus named ISRO Chairman
We are proud to tell you that our alumnus Dr. K Sivan has been appointed as the chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the topmost space organization in our country. Dr. K Sivan completed his doctorate in aerospace engineering in 2006 from IIT Bombay. He is widely recognized as the key man behind the launch of 104 satellites in a single launch last year, which took Indian space research to a new pinnacle and has proved our mettle in front of the world.
During his career at ISRO, he has held many responsibilities like Project Director, Re-usable Launch Vehicle - Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD); Project Director, Geosynchronous launch vehicle project (GSLV); and Director, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC). He has more than 30 years of experience in the systems engineering of space transportation system, of leading diverse project teams for large and complex projects, of technology development and infrastructure set-up for ISRO's launch vehicle programs. Dr. Sivan has contributed significantly in PSLV, GSLV and GSLV Mk-Ill vehicle design
He has received numerous awards throughout his career which includes Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from Sathyabama University, Chennai in April 2014, The Distinguished Alumnus Award 2013 from MIT Alumni Association, Chennai, Dr. Biren Roy Space Science Award in 2011, ISRO merit award in 2007 and Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr. Vikram Sarabhai Research Award in 1999.
Mr. Sivan is currently Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Trivandrum and had mastered the development of cryogenic engines for India. He has numerous publications in various journals and is a fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Aeronautical Society of India and Systems Society of India.
We would like to congratulate Dr. Sivan on behalf of IIT Bombay and wish him luck in his future endeavors. Quoting his own words “May he take ISRO into a new orbit and gracefully serve both ISRO and India”