Shri Hari Babu Srivastava took over as Director of Laser Science and Technology Centre, Delhi on 20th June 2014. At this Centre, he has been spearheading research and development in various laser technologies ranging from high power laser sources to chemical/biological LIDARs, explosive identification, laser countermeasures, electro-optical/laser equipment and various other innovative laser applications for use of Armed Forces, Paramilitary and Police forces.
He joined DRDO in 1984 at Instruments Research and Development Establishment (IRDE), Dehradun, after a brief stint (1983-84) in industry at M/s. Hindustan Instruments Ltd., New Delhi. At IRDE, he specialized in electro-optical fire control and surveillance technologies – designing, developing and integrating a number of products for surveillance and fire control applications for various military platforms like Arjun Mk I and Mk II Main Battle Tanks, Naval ships, Infantry Combat Vehicle and laser guided bombs. In his various capacities, he led the development of a number of technologies of electro-optical fire control and surveillance systems - EO sensor integration, line of sight stabilization, embedded electronics and software, ballistic computation, weapon slaving, fire control etc.
He took over as Director of Electronics and Computer Science at DRDO HQrs on 18th April 2013, where he was instrumental in pushing a large number of DRDO projects of national importance. Later on as Director Tech. (Electronics and Communication Systems), he became part of a DRDO think tank and generated reports related to the areas of ECS cluster and led a team of senior scientists in developing DRDO's business approach towards immediate requirements of Long Term Integrated Perspective Plan of Services. In recognition of his services, Govt. of India promoted him to the rank of Outstanding Scientist in 2015.
Apart from numerous technical papers in various refereed journals, seminar and conference proceedings, and a number of internal DRDO reports, he has co-edited a monograph on 'Night Vision and Electro Optics Technology Review' and a few technical books in Hindi.
He is an alumnus of IIT Roorkee and IIT Kanpur from where he obtained his B.E. and M. Tech. degrees in Electrical Engg., respectively. He is life member of Optical Society of India (OSI) and Instrument Society of India (ISOI). He is also a past Joint Secretary of the national executive of ISOI. He is a recipient of DRDO Cash prize and Laboratory and DRDO Group Technology Awards.