Shri A Bhagavathi Rao, Sci G has been appointed Director (Electronics), at DRDO HQrs wef 8 January 2003. Born on 6 June 1947, Shri Rao obtained his BE (Electronics) from Andhra University in 1970 and MTech (Advance Electronics) from JNTU, Hyderabad in 1980. His areas of interest and specialisation include radar signal processing and electronic warfare system; and ECM systems for Army and Navy programme.

He has contributed in the indigenous development of key areas of ECM system technology and served for more than three decades at DLRL, Hyderabad towards the development ofECM systyms heading the ECM technology wing.

Shri Rao is a Fellow of the JETE. He has been awARDEd the Indigenous Substitution Award for the GEM Project an ECCM fixture for missile radars of the Air Force.

ASI Award 2002

 Shri AS Rajagopal, Sci G , Armament Research & ,  Development Establishment  (ARDE) , Pune, has been conferred with Astronautical Society of India-ASI Award 2002        -for his contribution in the field of Rocket and related Technologies.

Eminent Mass Spectrometrist Award

Dr SK Raza, Sci E, Defence Research & Development Establishment (DRDE), Gwalior, has been awARDEd Eminent Mass Spectro- metristAward for his significant contributions in the Applications of Mass Spectrometry in Biological and
Environmental Fields by the Indian Society for Mass Spectrometry .The award was conferred to him by Dr Anil Kakodkar, Chairman Atomic Energy Commission, and Secretary Department of Atomic EnergY during the Silver Jubilee Symposium of the Society, at Institute of Oceanography, Goa on 27 January 2003.

Best Oral Paper Presentation Award

Paper on Metallurgical and Mechanical Properties of AA 8090 Al-Li Alloy Fraction Welds authored by Dr G Madhusudhan Reddy, Sci E; Dr T Mohandas, Sci F; and Shri P Sobhana Chalam of Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad, has been awARDEd Best Oral Presentation Paper Award at the International Symposium on Engineering Trends in Welding during 22-23 February 2003 at Hyderabad.

National Aeronautical Prize-2002

Shri P Venugopalan, Sci G, Defence Research & Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad, has been conferred with the National Aeronautical Prize-2002 by Aeronautical Society of India for his distinguished carrier in the field of Aeronautics.