Dr. N. Eswara Prasad, FIE, FAPAS, FIIM, FAeSI, FAPAM, FInSIS, a B.Tech. (1985) and a Ph.D. (1993) in Metallurgical Engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, India, is an innovative and creative researcher and technologist of DRDO, India, and is currently serving as Outstanding Scientist / Sc. H and Director, Defence Materials and Stores Research and Development Establishment (DMSRDE), DRDO, in Kanpur, India. In his career,Dr. Prasad has made significant and outstanding contributions to the design and development, comprehensive characterization, and the airworthiness certified production of several aerospace and other advanced materials, viz., (i) Al and Al-Li alloys for the LCA, LCH and Indian Space Programme, (ii) Aero Steels, including Maraging and PH Steels for Indian Missile Programmes, (iii) High Strength and High Temperature Ti Alloys, including β-Ti alloys for LCA slat tracks and landing gear, (iv) Advanced Ultra high Temperature materials - Mo and Ti Intermetallics, Monolithic Ceramics (Structural Alumina, Graphite and Si C), Carbon, Silica and Si C-based Continuous Fibre-reinforced, Ceramic-matrix Composites (CFCCs), (v) Modular Composites for Bullet Proof Jackets and LCH Armour, and (vi) Radar Absorbing Stealth Materials, Structures and Coatings for Indian Airborne Platforms and Systems. As the Regional Director of RCMA (Materials), CEMILAC during 2009-2015, prior to his appointment as Director of DMSRDE, Kanpur. Dr. Prasad is instrumental in realizing defence hardware worth more than Rs. 14 billion with 180 provisional clearances, 11 type approvals and more than 10 ToTs.
After taking over as Director at DMSRDE, Dr. Prasad made some very significant and innovative changes and thus provided several new directions for Research, Technology and Product Development in the broad areas of Non-Metallic and Functional Materials, viz.: (i) Polymer Science and Technologies, (ii) Technical Textiles, (iii) Fibre Science and Production Technologies, (iv) Camouflage and Stealth Materials and Technologies, (v) Nano structured Materials and Composites, (vi) High Temperature, High Viscosity Fuels and Lubricants and (vii) Personal Protection Systems. He led with distinction the Design, Development and Fabrication of modular structures and their successful Qualification for the most challenging personal protection system, namely the BPJs for the Indian Army’s GSQR-1438. Under his direction, DMSRDE has progressed from a mere 4 Crore project outlay to 120 Crores within 18 months, and with 8 sanctioned projects, 95 identified products for realization, 14 new research areas to pursue, and more than 10 task activities as precursors for new projects. Based on these outstanding contributions, DRDO has awarded DMSRDE the prestigious Titanium Trophy by adjudging DMSRDE as the best S&T Laboratory of DRDO for the year 2016.
Dr. Prasad’s prolific research has resulted in over 300 articles in peer-reviewed national and international journals and conference proceedings (including written/edited books and book chapters), as well as classified and unclassified and also peer reviewed technical reports; and the highly acclaimed first International Monograph by Elsevier, USA on Al-Li Alloys in 2014, and a 2-Book Vade Mecum on Aerospace Materials and Material Technologies by IIM / Springer Publications, Singapore, in 2017. He has also authored nearly 100 confidential reports and finalized more than 260 certification documents for DRDO. In recognition of these contributions, Dr. Prasad has received several prestigious national and international awards: YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD (ISCA, 1991), YOUNG METALLURGIST (Ministry of Steel,1994), AvH’s Humboldt Research Fellowship (1998-99), Max-Planck-Institute (Stuttgart)’s Visiting Scientist (1998-99), Binani Gold Medal (IIM, 2006), METALLURGIST OF THE YEAR (Ministry of Steel, 2010), AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Andhra University and Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology (INAE, 2012- 2016), IIT-BHU(MET)’s Distinguished Alumnus Award (2013), the prestigious Dr. VM Ghatge Award of AeSI (in 2014), National Aeronautical Prize – 2017of AeSI, G D Birla Gold Medal – 2018 of IIM.Dr. Prasad is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers (India) [FIE, in 2009], Indian Institute of Metals [FIIM, in 2011], AP Akademi of Sciences [FAPAS, in 2011], Fellow of Aeronautical Society of India (FAeSI, in 2016) andFellow of Asia Pacific Academy of Materials [FAPAM, in 2017] and Founder Fellow of Indian Structural Integrity Society [FInSIS in 2018]