Dr. OR Nandagopan, Outstanding Scientist, took over as Director, Naval Science & Technological Laboratory on 01 August 2016.
He obtained his BE in Mechanical Engineering from Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai and ME in Production Engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy,Chennai. He pursued his doctoral research on Underwater Structures at Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT).
Prior to joining DRDO, he had two years experience with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Larsen & Toubro Ltd. He had a long career at NPOL as Member, Project Leader, Project Director and Technical Director and now assumed charge as Director, NSTL. At NPOL, he was heading Mechanical Engineering Group and contributed towards realization of various sonar systems that include hull mounted sonar systems for ships and submarines, towed sonar systems, airborne sonar systems and seabed sonars.
Dr. Nandagopan holds two patents, and is the recipient of a number of awards that include Agni Award for Self Reliance (2007), Technology Group Award (2009),National Design Award in Mechanical Engineering from Institution of Engineers India (2010), Laboratory Scientist of the Year (2011) and DRDO Scientist of the Year (2014).
He is a Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India) and a Life Member of the Ocean Society of India.