Dr K Ramachandra, Sci G, has been appointed Director, Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE), Bangalore, w.e.f. 1 December 2003. Born on 16 February 1946, he is a Post Graduate from University Visveswarayya College of Engineering, Bangalore and Doctorate from Banga1ore University and holds a post graduation in Business Administration also.

At GTRE, Dr Ramachandra has created test facilities for structural integrity tests and airworthiness evaluation for aero gas turbine engine components. He is responsible for setting up rapid prototyping facility, aircraft engine bird strike test facility and experimental stress analysis facility which have been utilised extensively for the Kaveri engine programme. He is also involved in the forecasting and strategic planning of propulsion systems, system integration and performance evaluation.

He is a member of the Institution of Engineers, Indian Society for Advancement for Materials and Process Engineering, Society for Experimental Mechanics, Aeronautical Society of India, Materials Research Society of India, Indian Society for Technical Education, Institution of Smart Structures & Systems, Rapid Prototyping Society of India, and Administrative Staff College of India. He has 88 publications to his credit and has co-authored a text book.

Shri SC Kaushal, Sci H, Outstanding Scientist, GTRE, Bangalore has been appointed Emeritus Scientist for a period of two-years w.e.f. 1 December 2003.