Dr. Kailasavadivoo Sivan, Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization also known as “Rocket Man” of India is a renowned scientist known for his contribution to the development and operationalization of ISRO’s launch vehicle fleet.
Born to Sri. Kailasavadivoo and Smt. Chellam on April 14, 1957 in Sarakkalvilai, Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, Dr. Sivan obtained Mathematics Honours degree from Hindu College, Nagercoil. Thereafter in 1980, he graduated from Madras Institute of Technology in Aeronautical engineering. He took his ME in Aerospace engineering from IISc, Bangalore in 1982. Subsequently, he completed his PhD in Aerospace engineering from IIT, Bombay in 2006.
He has more than 30 years of experience in the systems engineering of the space transportation systems, leading diverse project teams for large and complex projects, and experience in technology development and infrastructure set-up for ISRO’s launch vehicle programs.
Dr. Sivan has received international recognition for his contribution to aeronautics. He is the recipient of IEEE Simon Ramo Medal from IEEE; 2020 Allan D. Emil Memorial Award by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and 2020 Von Karman Award of International Academy of Astronautics. Dr. Sivan has been conferred with Honoris Causa from many prestigious universities and is the recipient of many prestigious national awards. His alma maters have bestowed upon him the Distinguished Alumnus awards.
Dr. Sivan is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), Systems Society of India (SSI) and Indian Systems Society for Science and Engineering (ISSE), Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers (IETE) and Indian National Science Academy and Indian Society of Remote Sensing.
Dr. Sivan has co-authored a book titled “Integrated Design for Space Transportation System” published by Springer. The book was given IAA 2019 Engineering Sciences Book Award by InternaThis book has been very well received both by students as well as practicing professionals.