Dr. K. Sivan

  Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

Dr. K Sivan is the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization. He began working for the agency in 1982, specializing in  aerospace  engineering, space transportation systems engineering, launch vehicle and mission design, control & guidance design and mission simulation software design, mission synthesis, simulation, analysis and validation offlight systems.

The son of a poor farmer from the state of Tamil Nadu, Dr. Sivan was the first in his family to earn an education. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Madras Institute of Technology and a Master's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. He later earned a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 2006.
Dr. Sivan has significantly contributed towards end-to-end mission planning, design, integration and analysis for India's aerospace industry. He is the chief architect of 6 D trajectory simulation software, SITARA, the backbone of the real-time and non- real-time trajectory simulations of all ISRO launch vehicles.

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