J. Manjula

Director General Electronics & Communication Cluster

Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO), India

J. Manjula, Outstanding Scientist, is the Director General, Electronics & Communication Systems cluster, Defence Research & Development Organization. She assumed charge in 2015 and has the honor of being the first lady Director General of DRDO cluster.

She has also been leading Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE),one of the Establishment of DRDO as a Director since July 2014. She is an alumna of Osmania University and a practicing Electronics & Communications engineer.

She had a brief stint in Electronics Corporation of India Ltd before joining DRDO in 1987. She has served in Defence Electronics Research Laboratory,(DLRL) Hyderabad for over 26 years in the area of Integrated Electronic Warfare.

She has designed and realized fast signal acquisition receivers, high power RF systems, responsive jammers, controller software, etc., for various systems inducted in Army, Navy, Air Force and Paramilitary. She has also vast experience in EW systems design & deployment in wide area network and her specialization includes configuration of Communication & Radar ESM and ECM systems.

A recipient of DRDO award for 'Performance Excellence' and 'Scientist of the Year 2011', J. Mandula also received the India Today Woman Summit Award for 2014.