Dr K Radhakrishna took over as Director (Civil Works & Estates), Directorate of Civil Works & Estates w.e.f. 01st August 2021. He is a graduate in Civil Engineering, Post Graduate in Structural Engineering and has a PhD in Blast Resistant Structures from IIT Madras.
Dr Radhakrishna joined DRDO as Scientist B at CCE(R&D) Hyderabad in 1988. His first project was RCI Hyderabad followed by Aeronautical Development Agency Bangalore and IGMDP Project at Ordnance Factory Itarasi. Subsequently, he worked on Strategic projects at Bangalore and Mysore including land acquisition for these projects, before moving to SF Complex Jagdalpur as Project Manager where he oversaw the planning and construction of the Solid Fuel Complex.
He then took over as Additional Chief Engineer at Chief Construction Engineer (R&D) South Secunderabad where he handled infrastructure projects for Strategic Projects as well as for DRDO Labs in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Visakhapatnam, Badamafi & Dundigal.
Dr Radhakrishna took over as Chief Construction Engineer (R&D) South in March 2015 and as Chief Construction Engineer (R&D) Central in April 2019 before taking over as Director (CW&E) in August 2021.
During his tenure at CCE(R&D) South and CCE(R&D) Central, he has planned and executed major strategic infrastructure projects including hardened structures. He has planned and executed Aeronautical Test Range Chitradurga, National Open-air Range Kurnool, Open Range for RCS Profiling at Dundigal, Ship-lift Facility, Multi Petaflops Computing facility DRDO and the New Missile Test Facility for DRDO at Nagayalanka. His contribution resulted in the creation and fulfillment of several important infrastructure requirements of SFC, ASL, SPIC, RCI, ASL, DRDL, DMRL etc.
Dr Radhakrishna has extensive experience in planning and development of master plans for strategic and non-strategic range facilities, design specification, construction methods, tendering, contract management etc. He has vast experience in land acquisition, having dealt with Revenue and Forest Departments of different States and has successfully acquired land for major strategic projects through personal intervention and interaction with officials at every level including State & Central Govt. Ministries.
Dr Radhakrishna has utilized his PhD experience and spear headed the design, fabrication, testing, validation, indigenisation and patenting of large steel and RCC Blast Resistant Doors. This has led to complete import substitution and development of indigenous technology for the design, fabrication and installation of large blast resistant doors for hardened strategic facilities.
He has introduced fast construction technology for the first time in DRDO using pre-engineered and pre-cast concrete construction for the A320 Hangar building for Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) at Bangalore. The hangar has a span of 85 meters, height of 18 meters and length of 81 meters. It has a 4 storeyed annexe building on two sides with a plinth area of 4800 Sq.Mtr.
He has published several scientific papers in National and International Journals, Seminars & Conferences.
Dr Radhakrishna has held important positions including Chairman of Enlistment Committee, Committee for Rate Analysis of Special Items for Strategic Projects, Assessment Boards for DRDO and Ministry of Earth Sciences, Selection Board of Ministry of Earth Sciences.
He is a recipient of DRDO Award for Best Techno Managerial Services in 2016, Dayananda Sagar Institution Award for recognition of achievement and significant contribution in Engineering in 2016 & DRDO Special Award for Strategic Contribution for his work in planning, design and execution of highly specialised works at difficult and hazardous areas.
He is a life member of American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India) & Indian Road Congress.