S. Christo­pher ap­pointed new DG, DRDO


The Gov­ern­ment of In­dia also ap­pointed Dr S. Christo­pher, Distin­guished Sci­en­tist & Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor ( AEW&C) and Di­rec­tor, Cen­tre for Air­Borne Sys­tems, DRDO as Sec­re­tary, Depart­ment of De­fence Re­search and Devel­op­mentcum-Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, DRDO for pe­riod of two years from the date of tak­ing over charge.

Dr Christo­pher ob­tained his BE (Hons) in Elec­tron­ics & 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.

Dr Christo­pher worked for the 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 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.

Dr 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). He was el­e­vated to the rank of Distin­guished Sci­en­tist in 2012.

Dr 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.

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