Dr. S Venugopal, Outstanding Scientist is Director ADE since 01 May 2019. He joined DRDO on 26 December 1986 and worked in the field of Aerodynamics and Aero-structures of missile systems for a period of 10 years. During this period he was deputed to National Aerospace Laboratories, Bangalore for more than 4 years.
He worked for the BrahMos Missile System from 1997 for a period of 12 years. He was the Deputy Project Director (Airframe) and Head-Mechanical Integration for this programme up to 2006. He was deputed to BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited in 2007 on appointment as Project Director (BrahMos-Air) which he served for 3 years. In addition to his appointment, he was given the full time responsibility to head the company BrahMos Aerospace Thiruvananthapuram Ltd. as its executive Director for two years (2008 & 2009).
He was given the assignment of Project Director (Astra) in 2011 and Programme Director in 2016. He was the Group Director (Air Launch Weapons and Variants) at DRDL before his appointment as Director ADE.
BE (Mechanical Engg) from PSG College of Technology Coimbatore, Madras University
ME (Mechanical) (Guided Missiles) from Institute of Armament Technology, Poona University
Ph.D in Rocket Propulsion from JNTU, Hyderabad