S Christopher, 59
Post: Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development-cum-Director General, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Role: As DRDO chief, he will be in-charge of the day-to-day functioning of DRDO, technology development, and coordination with the ministry
Education: S Christopher obtained his BE (Hons) in Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Madras and M. Tech in Microwaves and Radar Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur. He joined IIT, Madras, as Project Associate and carried out research in Microwave Antenna Design and Near-field Measurement Techniques. He obtained PhD in Antennae and Measurement Techniques from IIT, Madras.
Career Graph: Christopher worked for Bharat Electronics, Ghaziabad, as Senior Engineer and later joined LRDE as Scientist-D and rose to Scientist-G. He led a team to create the Automated Planar near Field Measurement Facility at LRDE for the first time in the country. He was Project Director for LCA MMR (Light Combat Aircraft Multi-Mode Radar) and led the team for designing and developing slotted array technology, which was used for several airborne and missile projects including export to Poland.
He was also Project Director for ASP project and also for development of the Maritime Patrol Airborne Radar, Super Vision 2000, for the Indian Navy. Christopher joined the Centre for Air-Borne Systems (CABS) in 2004 and assumed charge as Programme Director for the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) programme. He was appointed director, CABS, in addition to his responsibility as Programme Director (AEW&C). The AEW&C programme is one of the flagship programmes of DRDO for the design and development of indigenous AWACS.
He was elevated to the rank of Distinguished Scientist in 2012.
Christopher is a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineers (FNAE), Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI) and the Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers (IETE). He is a member of SEE, IEEE and is a recipient of many awards including scientist of the year award in 1998.
G Satheesh Reddy, 51
Post: Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister
Role: Provide critical advice to the defence minister on technology, scientific and technological aspects of new acquisitions and assist in decision making.
Education: G Satheesh Reddy is an expert in navigation and avionics technologies. A graduate in Electronics and Communication Engineering from JNTU, Anantapur followed by MS and Doctorate from JNTU, Hyderabad.
Career Graph: Reddy joined DRDO in 1986 and worked on design, development and production of inertial sensors, navigation schemes, algorithms and systems, calibration methodologies, sensor models, simulation along with development of Satellite Navigation Receivers and Hybrid Navigation Systems.
As a project director, Reddy led the design and development of Ring Laser Gyro based INS System, MEMS based INS (Inertial Navigation System) System, Sea-Guard Reference System and Ship Navigation system and also successfully developed a 1000-kg class guided bomb. As Director, Research Centre Imarat (RCI), he led the development of Avionics technologies in several critical areas for various defence programmes including the Agni series of missiles besides Prithvi, Dhanush, Astra, Akash, underwater missiles, BrahMos, Nirbhay, Helina, Nag, MRSAM (Medium Range surface to Air missile).
He also led the development of IIR (Imaging Infra-Red) Seeker for anti-tank and long range BMD (ballistic missile defence) applications and played a crucial role in development of high accuracy accelerometers for the long range precision navigation.