Dr. N Eswara Prasad
Dr. N. Eswara Prasad, FIE,FAPAS,FIIM, FAeSI, FAPAM,FInSIS, is an Outstanding Scientist / Scientist H of DRDO and has taken the charge as Director, DMSRDE, DRDO, Kanpur in August, 2015. Dr. Prasad is a B.Tech. with Honours (1985) and a Ph.D. (1993) in Metallurgical Engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, 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 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 -Ti alloys for LCA slat tracks and landing gear, (iv) Advanced Ultrahigh Temperature materials – Mo and Ti Intermetallics, Monolithic Ceramics (Structural Alumina, Graphite and SiC), Carbon, Silica and SiC-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, Dr. Prasad is instrumental in realizing defence hardware worth more than Rs. 1400 Crores 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) Nanostructured Materials and Composites, (vi) High Temperature, High Viscosity Fuels and Lubricants and (vii) Personal Protection Systems. Under his direction, DMSRDE has progressed from a mere 4 Crore project outlay to 120 Crores within 2 years with 8 sanctioned projects, 70+ identified products for realization, 14 new research areas to pursue, and more than 10 task activities as precursors for new projects. His dedicated efforts resulted in providing some outstanding successful solutions for Personal Protection Systems for Indian Army, HOTS Oil for Aero Engines, Paints and Coatings for Radar Absorption Structures, Stealth Materials for Mobile and Personal Systems and many an Important Stores for Indian Army. 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 Bullet Proof Jackets for the Indian Army’s GSQR-1438. 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 220 articles in peer-reviewed national and international journals and conference proceedings (including 30 written/edited books and book chapters), as well as 26 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 national and international awards: The first YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD in the Materials Stream of Indian Science Congress Association (1991); YOUNG METALLURGIST Award of Indian Institute of Metals from Ministry of Steel (1994), Research Fellowship from the Prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany (1998-1999), Visiting Scientist at Max-Planck-Institute, Stuttgart, Germany (1998-1999), Binani Gold Medal (IIM, 2006), the National Metallurgist Day’s METALLURGIST OF THE YEAR Award from Ministry of Steel & Mines (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), and the prestigious Dr. VM Ghatge Award of Aeronautical Society of India (2014). He has also led several national and DRDO committees with distinction. 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), Fellow of Asia Pacific Academy of Materials [FAPAM, in 2017] and Founder Fellow of Indian Structural Integrity Society [FInSIS, in 2018].