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DR.Sivan – 29th batch Alumni

DR K Sivan - Chairman of ISRO

Sivan has also contributed to the development of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - India’s workhorse rocket for space missions


Dr. K. Sivan did his B.Sc. at Madurai University with Mathematics as major subject, later studied at MIT, Chromepet to get his B.Tech degree in aeronautical engineering and passed out in 1980. He started his career with VSSC in 1982 after his Post graduation at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Later he pursued Phd at Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai and got his doctorate in the year 2006. He worked in PSLV Project up to 1994. His work included end-to-end mission planning, design, integration and analysis and he significantly contributed for building PSLV. Also he developed 6D simulation software, SITARA for simulation on all ISRO launch vehicles. From 1994 onwards he had been working in Mission Synthesis and Simulation Group (MSSG) and has built a world class state-of-the-art simulation facility in ISRO.


His area of specialization includes launch vehicle configuration and mission design, control and guidance design of launch vehicles, simulation and validation of NGC system and mission integration. Joined as engineer at ISRO, he soared to a position of Project Director GSLV and his current designation is Outstanding Scientist (OS). His awards include, “Shri Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr.Vikram Sarabhai Research Award” for the year 1999”, “ISRO Merit Award for the year 2007” and “Dr Biren Roy Space Science and/or Design Award” for the year 2010”


He has membership of National and International Professional Bodies as Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of Systems Society of India, Member, Aeronautical Society of India and Member, Astronautical Society of India. He has to his credit 40 Publications at National and International Level. His recent publication on ”A Low-Cost Orbiter Mission to Mars” was selected for publication in the International Journal, Acta Astronautica.


Dr. K. Sivan hails from Nagercoil and happily married to Srimathi Malathi post graduate in Tamil literature and they are blessed with two sons Master S. Sidarth Master S. Sushanth


MITAA presented him the Distinguished Alumnus award for the year 2013


MITAA wishes him great success in all his future endeavors.