Dr. Kopillil Radhakrishnan is the Chairman of the Board of Governers of IIEST, Shibpur. Dr. Radhakrishnan is an internationally acclaimed scientist and the former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization. When India's Mangalyaan successfully settled into Mars Orbit on September 24, 2014, the country became the first and only nation to have done so on its maiden attempt under the leadership of Dr Radhakrishnan, He also has headed several other landmark missions such as the spaceflight of an Indian cryogenic engine, the launch of the heaviest and tallest GSLV Mark II, and the successful reentry of the unmanned crew module. Dr Radhakrishnan is one of the 2014 top ten scientists chosen by the prestigious journal Nature. He was also the recipient of Padma Bhushan in 2014 for his outstanding contribution to the field of space science and technology.
Dr. Radhakrishnan was born on August 29, 1949 at Irinjalakuda, Kerala. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from Kerala University, completed his PGDM from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and obtained Doctorate for his thesis titled "Some Strategies for Indian Earth Observation System" from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Science (FNASc), Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE); Honorary Life Fellow of The Institution of Engineers, India; Honorary Fellow of The Institution of Electrical and Telecommunication Engineers, India; and Member of International Academy of Astronautics.
Starting his career as an Avionics Engineer in Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, he held several decisive positions in ISRO in the domains of space launch systems, space applications and space programme management. He had commendably held the post of Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, the lead centre for launch vehicle technology in ISRO and Director, National Remote Sensing Agency. In his brief stint (2000-2005) in the Ministry of Earth Sciences, he had also been the Founder Director of Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) and the first Project Director of Indian National Tsunami Warning System. He also held several important positions at the international level including Vice Chairman of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (2001-05), Founder Chairman ofIndian Ocean Global Ocean Observing System (2001-06) and Chairman of the Working Group of the Whole UN-COPUOS STSC (2008-2009).
Since October 2009, Indian Space Programme have carried the signatures of the strong leadership of Dr. Radhakrishnan with focused thrust towards (a) space applications for societal services and national imperatives; (b) creation, management and sustenance capability and capacity for space systems; (d) undertaking new and path-breaking missions (e) development of several critical technologies ; and most importantly (f) ensuring synergy of 16,000 strong ISRO Team with Indian Industry, Academia, User community and several National R&D Laboratories.