It is not only the sight and sound of rocket lift off from Sriharikota that is overwhelming and mesmerising but the crucial role CET alumni have played in spearheading our nation’s space quests.
Chandrayaan 2 is a pioneering Indian lunar mission that will boldly go where no country has ever gone before. It is a magnificent technological challenge that required multi faceted development of various news systems for the first time, with a high level of perfection. At the forefront of this giant leap are CET alumni Shri Umamaheswaran R, Shri P Kunhikrishnan and Shri A Rajarajan.
Shri Umamaheswaran R (left) is The Deputy Director (Avionics) of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. He has made significant contribution to the system integration, checkout and avionics of ISRO’s launch vehicles.
Shri Umamaheswaran graduated from the department Of ECE, CET in the year 1985. Later he did his M.S in software systems from BITS, Pilani. He is also a life member of various prestigious societies like Aeronautical Society of India, System Society of India and ISSE.
Shri P. Kunhikrishnan (second from left) is the Director of UR Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), the lead Centre of ISRO responsible for the design, development and realization of all the satellites of Indian Space Programme.
Mr Kunhikrishnan obtained his B-Tech degree in Electronics & Communication from College of Engineering, Trivandrum. He joined ISRO in the Systems Reliability Entity of VSSC in 1986. Before assuming charge as Director of URSC, he was the Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, from 2015 to 2018. He has efficiently led the SDSC SHAR team to achieve ISRO's growing demands of increased number of launches.
Shri A Rajarajan (third from left) is the current Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, the Spaceport of India. Mr Rajarajan obtained his B-Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from the College of Engineering, Trivandrum (1986). Before assuming the charge as Director of SDSCSHAR, he was Deputy Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center. The launch of Chandrayaan 2 echoes with his dynamis leadership and excellent foresight.