Alur Seelin Kiran Kumar

Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation

Alur Seelin Kiran Kumar, Distinguished Scientist (Apex) and Director, Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, is the Secretary, Department of Space,Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) since January 14,2015.

Kumar is a highly accomplished space scientist and engineer with a distinguished career spanning over four decades in ISRO in the satellite payload and applications domains. He has made immense contributions to the design and development of Electro-Optical Imaging Sensors for Airborne, Low Earth Orbit and Geostationary Orbit satellites starting from Bhaskara TV payload to the Mars Orbiter Mission payloads.

He was instrumental in evolving the successful strategy for steering the Mars Orbiter Spacecraft towards planet Mars as well as its Mars Orbit Insertion.

Kumar is a graduate of National College, Bangalore. He obtained his Physics (Honors) Degree and Master's Degree in Electronics from Bangalore University,and thereafter, his M.Tech Degree in Physical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.