Dr K. Ramachandran, outstanding Scientist & Scientist ‘H’ was appointed as Director, DIPR with effect from 01 Mar 2013. He did his Post-Graduation in Applied Psychology from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore in the year 1985. He did his M.Phil in Psychology from University of Madras and Ph.D. in Psychology from University of Delhi in the year 1986 and 2006 respectively. He has acquired specialization in the areas of Experimental and Human Engineering, Aviation Psychology and Environmental Psychology.
He joined the Defence Institute of Psychological Research under DRDO in 1989 as Scientist ‘B’ and since then has been associated with projects in the area of Experimental and Human Engineering, Aviation Psychology and Environmental Psychology. His involvement has brought out various tests and aids for psychological adaptation of Troops in High Altitude Siachen Glacier areas and for scientific teams in Antarctica. Design and development of tools and systems for selection of armed forces personnel has been a special forte. As Programme Director for the `Series Production of Computerized Pilot Selection System (CPSS), unique to a life sciences lab, he provided landmark achievement in the field. The agreement between the Indian Air Force and DRDO with respect to the Computerized Pilot Selection System marked DIPRs exceptionality as Life Sciences Lab.
The vast experience and the credentials invited him to be a member in Human Engineering Panel and Aeronautical Development Research Board. To his credit he has participated many International and National Conferences, Seminars and Workshops held at various Organizations. He has published Books and numbers of articles in reputed Journals and conference proceedings. The `DRDO Technology award for the year 2003’ and the `Agni Award for Excellence in Self Reliance 2005 & 2015’ was awarded to him for his scientific contributions. He was also awarded the ‘Alumni of the year 2009’ by PSG and Sons’ Charities, Coimbatore. Under his leadership the institute has been awarded ‘Titanium Trophy – 2014’ of DRDO.