Rajaram Nagappa, Programme Head
Room No: F 07
Prof Rajaram Nagappa has specialised in aerospace propulsion and has worked extensively in the design and development of solid propellant rockets. His interests are in missile technology and space weaponisation.
He has served in the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO as its Associate Director, and later was Pandalai Memorial Chair Professor at Anna University, Chennai. He has also taught at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel. He is a recipient of the Astronautical Society of India Award, Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Madras Institute of Technology, DRDO’s Agni Award for Excellence in Self Reliance, Certificate of Appreciation of the International Astronautical Federation and the Honorary Fellowship of the High Energy Materials Society of India.
His recent work includes an assessment of the Pakistani cruise missiles and an assessment of the Iranian satellite launch vehicle Safir. He has also traced the development of fighter aircraft in China as a part of a study on China’s Science & Technology capability.
Other Faculty (in alphabetical order)
S. Chandrashekar, JRD Tata Visiting Professor
Room No: F 08
Prof S Chandrashekar is currently a Professor in the Corporate Strategy and Policy Area at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). Prior to his joining IIMB he spent more than 20 years working at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). His work at ISRO covered all parts of the programme – satellite, rockets as well as the applications of space technology especially remote sensing. He was also involved with activities related to international co-operation and has represented and led Indian delegations to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. His research interests at IIMB include technology and competitive advantage, national technology priorities and national technology policy, studies on innovation, telecommunications in the Indian context, national innovation systems, modelling complex systems and national security issues.
His recent work includes a study of sensitive installations using open source satellite imagery. He has also been involved with other members of the group on a micro-level comparative case study of Chinese capabilities in one domain of technology related to the development of turbo-fan aircraft engine technology.
D. Suba Chandran, Professor
Room No: S 3
D. Suba Chandran is a Professor at the International Strategic & Security Studies, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. His primary focus areas are Pakistan, Afghanistan, Armed Conflicts and Peace Processes in South Asia. He edits an annual titled Armed Conflicts in South Asia, published by the Routledge/SAGE. He is an Associate at the Pakistan Study Research Unit (PSRU), University of Durham, UK. Earlier, he was a Visiting Professor at the Pakistan Studies Programme, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delh and a Visiting Fellow at the following places: Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK; ACDIS, University of Urbana-Champaign; and the University of Jammu, J&K. He holds a PhD in international relations from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and a MA in Political Science from Madras Christian College (MCC), Chennai. Until 2015, he was Director, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi
M. Mayilvaganan, Associate Professor
Room No: S 13
M. Mayilvaganan is an Associate Professor in International Strategic and Security Studies programme at NIAS. He earned a doctorate degree in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Prior to joining NIAS, he was a Senior Lecturer at Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya, based at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where he taught South Asia in International Relations, Modern Warfare and International Politics. His past positions include Associate Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi (2006-2009) specializing Sri Lanka in particular and South Asia in general; Advocacy and Communication Officer at South Asian Research & Development Initiative (SARDI), New Delhi (Jan. 2005-Dec 2005); Research Assistant in the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (Colombo) project “Terrorism in India” at South Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (Dec. 2003 to Dec. 2004); Research Associate in the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS), New Delhi (Jan. 2003 to Dec. 2003), specialized on Kashmir issues. His research interests include strategic and security issues of South Asia, China, US and Japan. He has published several articles and commentaries on a variety of topics related to South Asia. He has also participated in various international and national seminars and given lectures at various institutes, besides appearing for various print and visual media interviews.
Dr. Mayilvaganan’s major research and teaching interests include South Asia, Terrorism, US Foreign Policy, China’s Foreign Policy and Defense Strategy; Japan Foreign Policy, Climate Change, Refugees, Conflict and Peace studies. Currently he is undertaking a research project on Terrorism in India and China’s Strategic interest in South Asia at the NIAS.
Prakash Pannerselvam, Post-Doctoral Associate
Room No: A-3
Prakash Pannerselvam is a Post-Doctoral Associate with the International Strategic & Security Studies Programme, NIAS. He holds a Ph.D in Japanese Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). He was the first Visiting Fellow to Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) Staff College, Tokyo. He is a recipient of Japan Foundation Fellow (2011) and Okita Memorial Fellowship (2008). Moreover, Prakash was a trained merchant mariner with Poompuhar Shipping Corporation Ltd.
Prior to joining NIAS, he was working with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Defence & Aerospace Sector. His primary areas of interest are Maritime Security, Indian Ocean Region, East Asia, Indian Defence Production and Acquisition policy. He has also published articles both in national and international journal.
N. Ramani, Visiting Professor
Room No: F 04
Dr. N. Ramani worked at the ISRO Satellite Centre in the areas of software development for spacecraft mission operations and in the establishment and management of the central computing facility. Led the activities relating to the design, development, testing and implementation of software for real time health monitoring and control of satellites. Pioneered the transition from main frame world of Fortran and assembler codes to distributed computing based on off-the-shelf systems with the best of breed Engineering Application Software packages. Worked on computer related issues that have over all impact on the organization; such as information security, software reliability, man power attrition, open source, Y2K and HPC. With Prof R Narasimha, carried out the Indian Airlines AVRO HS748 fleet performance simulation for airworthiness assessment for the National Committee headed by Prof S Dhawan. Worked on several Government committees that enabled the computerization plans of ADA, CBDT, EPFO, IMD/MES and SBI.
Awards: Distinguished Aero-Alumnus of the Department of Aerospace Engineering of the Indian Institute of Science (1992) and Astronautical Society of India AWARD (1999). He has recently completed and validated a 3-D missile trajectory programme, which can provide the path of the missile from any launch location to any target.
Lalitha Sundaresan, Visiting Professor
Room No: F 05
Dr Lalitha Sundaresan has a doctorate from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata where her work was on digital processing of multi-satellite data. She was a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization where she carried out studies to evaluate the usefulness of satellite remote sensing for monitoring natural resources, and natural disasters with special reference to India. She worked as a Principal Scientific Officer at the Department of Science and Technology, India. While at DST, she was involved with the setting up of Natural Resources Data Base centers in the districts of Karnataka. Together with IIT, Bombay, she was also involved in the development of the indigenous Geographical Information Software (GIS). Coordinated training programs given by DST on the use of NRDMS and GIS for development planning.
Lalitha has also taught Mathematics and Statistics at secondary and tertiary levels. Her recent works include the analysis of measurement errors in missile images obtained from open sources and the resulting impact of these errors on missile performance. She has also studied the Chinese university / research institution network and collaboration on superalloys, as a critical part of the micro-level case study of Chinese capabilities in turbofan engine technology.