Dr S Christopher, Distinguished Scientist, Programme Director (AEW&C) & Director, Centre for Airborne System, Bangalore.
Dr S Christopher obtained his BE (Hons) in Electronics & Communication Engineering from University of Madrasand M.Techin Microwaves and Radar Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur. He joined IIT, Madras, as Project Associate in 1980, and carried out research in Microwave Antenna Design and Near-field Measurement Techniques. He obtained PhD in Antennae and Measurement Techniques from IIT, Madras.
After completing his PhD, Dr S Christopher worked for M/s Bharat Electronics, Ghaziabad, as Senior Engineer, from 1985 to 1988 and designed antenna for Digital Tropo-scatter Communication system.Hethen joined Electronics and Radar Development Establishment (LRDE) as Scientist-‘D’ and rose to Scientist ‘G’ and worked on many projects. He led a team to create the Automated Planar Near Field Measurement Facility at LRDE for the first time in the country, which paved way for the electronically scanned array antenna evaluation at LRDE. He was Project Director for LCA Multi Mode Radar and led the team for designing and developing slotted array technology, which was used for several airborne and missile projects including export to Poland, which was a first ever export from LRDE. He was also Project Director for ASP project and for development of the Maritime Patrol Airborne Radar, SuperVision 2000, for the Indian Navy.
Dr S Christopher joined the Centre for Air-Borne Systems (CABS) and assumed charge as Programme Director for the Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) programme. Dr S Christopher was appointed Director, CABS, in addition to his responsibility as Programme Director (AEW&C) in 2007.Dr S Christopher was elevated to the rank of Distinguished Scientist in 2012. The AEW&C programme is one of the flagship programmes of DRDO for the design and development of indigenous AWACS. The AEW&C systems will be delivered to IAF in 2015. By this development India has joined the elite group of four countries and created export potential.
Dr S Christopher is a Fellow of the National Academy of Engineers (FNAE) and the Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers (IETE). He is a member of SEE, IEEE and AeSI. He is recipient of many awards including prestigious ‘Scientist of the Year Award’ in 1998. Dr Christopher has published over 70 papers and holds copy rights and patents for many of his works.