Dr Narendra Kumar Arya is Scientist G and Secretary, Aeronautics Research and Development Board DRDO. Dr Arya is a B.Tech (Hons) from IIT Kharagpur, M.Tech from IIT Kanpur and Ph.D. from IIT Delhi. He joined DRDO as Scientist ‘B’ in June 1990 at Defence Research and Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad. Later, he joined LASTEC, Delhi and worked there in the field of Gas Dynamic Lasers. In July 2008, he was appointed as Scientific Adviser to Chief of the Air Staff (SA to CAS). Since Sep 2019 to February 2022, he was working as Director, DPI at DRDO Hqrs, New Delhi.
Dr Narendra Kumar Arya is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineers (India) and Member of the Aeronautical Society of India, Systems Society of India, Indian Laser Association and Society for Aerospace Quality and Reliability. He was selected for IGMDP senior fellowship for composite materials during M.Tech and also became solo glider pilot in IIT, Kanpur. He has received various awards and has many research papers to his credit, which have been published in national and international journals.