Dr. U. Chandrasekhar, Pro Vice Chancellor of Vel Tech University, is a scientist and academician with more than 3 decades of experience in research in engineering and project management. He received his graduation (NIT, Suratkal) and post-graduation degrees (IIT Chennai) in Mechanical Engineering. He received PhD from VTU for his research in additive manufacturing carried out at DRDO. He has advanced diploma in management.
His areas of research include mechanical analysis of aero gas turbine engine modules, additive manufacturing, micro aerial vehicles and sensors for harsh environments.He received a Gold Medal from the former President of India Dr. AP J Abdul Kalam for his academic achievements.
After serving the Ministry of Defence in several capacities, he rose to the position of Additional Director, DRDO in 2010. He set up the country’s first-ever rapid prototyping laboratory at GTRE, Bangalore. In his tenure at DRDO, he carried out several technology development projects and also led a senior group of scientists at Moscow during the testing phase of a developmental aero gas turbine engine.
He received commendation medal from the Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister in recognition of his contributions to rapid prototyping of complex aeronautical systems. He has been invited as a keynote speaker by several international fora and he serves on the editorial board of International Scientific Journals(Springer and Emerald Publications).