Dr K Radhakrishnan has taken over as Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre
(VSSC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He took over charge on
November 30, 2007 from Dr B N Suresh, who is now the Director of Indian
Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram.
Dr Radhakrishnan is an Engineering Graduate from Kerala University (1970), MBA
from Indian Institute of Management (1976), Bangalore and Doctorate from Indian
Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2000).
Dr Radhakrishnan started his career in ISRO as an avionics engineer at Vikram
Sarabhai Space Centre in 1971. Later, he was the Director of Budget and
Economic Analysis at ISRO Headquarters, Bangalore as well as Director of
Regional Remote Sensing Service Centres. Subsequently, he was the Mission
Director of Integrated Mission for Sustainable Development and Deputy Director
of National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA), Hyderabad of the Department of Space.
From 2000-2005, he was the Director of Indian National Centre for Ocean
Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad under the Department of Ocean
Development (presently Ministry of Earth Sciences) and Project Director of
Early Warning System for Tsunami and Storm Surges. In November 2005, Dr
Radhakrishnan became Director of NRSA.
Dr Radhakrishnan was the Vice Chairman of Intergovernmental Oceanographic
Commission of UNESCO and the founder Chairman of Indian Ocean Global Ocean
Observing System (IOGOOS). He is a member of the Indian delegation to the UN
Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space since June 2006.