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Dr Vasudev K Aatre, Distinguished Scientist & Chief Controller R&D, DRDO HQrs, Dr. VK AaatreNew Delhi, is the new Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri. He will simultaneously hold the charge of Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development and Director General, Defence Research & Development Organisation, Ministry of Defence. He has taken over from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who has been appointed Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India.

Born in 1939 at Bangalore, Dr Aatre received BE (Electrical) from University of Mysore in 1961 and ME (Electrical) from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, in 1963. He was awARDEd PhD (Electrical) by the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1967. Thereafter, he joined the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada, and worked till 1980 as Faculty Member and Professor of Electrical Engineering. He was a Visiting Professor at IISc in 1977. He joined DRDO at the Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory in 1980 and became its Director in 1984.

Dr Aatre played a vital role in the development of a wide spectrum of electronic technology and was deeply involved in human resource development in DRDO. He has spearheaded the development of underwater technology for the Navy through the design and productionisation of state-of-the-art transducer and sonar suits. The first indigenous construction of a well-instrumented ocean acoustic research ship Sagardhwani materialised due to his vision and leadership. He has been at the hub of the development of complex and sophisticated integrated electronic warfare systems for the Indian Army and Navy. He has been the major catalyst in DRDO foray into combating gaps on electronic components and devices through innovative and unique programmes like CODE for the development of technologies and vendors for a wide variety of components. He has been a driving force behind the formation of Core Group on VLICs/ASICs resulting in the fabrication of sophisticated ICs. His sagacious leadership has resulted in the establishment of GaAs foundry GAETEC, a big leap towards self-reliance in the area of MMICs.

Dr Aatre is a fellow of the National Academy of Engineering, IETE, Institution of Engineers, Acoustic Society of India, and Ultrasonic Society of India; and senior member, IEEE. He has published over 50 technical papers in national and international journals and authored text books for graduate and under-graduate levels. His fields of interest include Special Active Filter Structures, Transmultiplier Design, Digital Signal Processing, Sonar and Underwater System Design, and Defence Electronics. He has to his credit national awards, including DRDO Scientist of the Year Award (1986), VASVIK Award for Electronics Science & Technology (1990), IETE Ram Lal Wadhwa Gold Medal for Electronics & Telecommunications (1993), and DRDO Technology Leadership Award (1998). Dr Aatre has been conferred with Padma Bhushan on 26 January 2000.