Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai

Areas of Interest: 

Missile Technology


Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai, Ph.D, D.Sc
Honorary Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Delhi,
Distinguished Scientist,
Former Chief Controller(R&D), DRDO and
Founder CEO & MD of BrahMos Aerospace
Phone: +2659 1118
Email: pillai.vfaculty@mech.iitd.ac.in

Dr. Sivathanu Pillai has joined in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, IIT (Delhi), as Honorary Professor from January 2015.

Dr. Pillai worked in ISRO and DRDO during the last four decades in Launch Vehicles and Guided Missiles.

Dr. Pillai had the opportunity to work under great visionary leaders Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, Prof. Satish Dhawan and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, which made him a Technology Leader in the field of Launch vehicles and Guided missiles, Multi – disciplinary projects, Institution Build up, Advanced system engineering. His contributions to the successful development of SLV – 3 as a core team member in the rocket motors development and evolution of PSLV configuration for ISRO (1969 – 1986) have been remarkable.

Dr. Pillai’s skills in networking multiple institutions for the development of critical missile technologies overcoming denial regimes (Missile Technology Control Regime) enabled realization of Agni, Prithvi, Nag and Akash missiles under the IGMDP as its Programme Director, at DRDL, Hyderabad. He then became Chief Controller R & D in charge of all Missile Projects at DRDO HQ from 1996.

Dr. Pillai also held the responsibility of CEO & MD of BrahMos Aerospace in addition to being Chief Controller. BrahMos Aerospace is a unique Joint Venture, first of its kind between India and Russia to design, develop, produce and market the most advanced supersonic cruise missile. His outstanding leadership qualities made India proud to possess the fastest, highly precise and the most potent missile BRAHMOS which is now inducted in the Indian Armed Forces. BRAHMOS is a world leader in the family of Cruise Missiles surpassing those in the developed countries. As the founder CEO & MD of the Joint Venture, Dr. Pillai is regarded as the “ Father of BrahMos “ which has become a role model for establishing joint ventures between the countries.

Well – known as a defence technologist in the world, Dr. Pillai has been recognized by many prestigious engineering and management institutions with Fellowships. He has received Honorary Doctorates from twelve reputed Universities of India and Russia, The Moscow University of “Security, Defence and Law Enforcement “ honoured Dr. Pillai with the “ Order of Peter the Great “ and the Academician of the University.

Dr. Pillai is a recipient of various prestigious awards including Padma Bhushan (2013), Padma Shri (2002), Order of Friendship (2013) by the Government of Russian Federation, Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award (2014), DRDO Technology Leadership award (2009), Lokmanya Tilak Award (2007), Dr.Y.Nayudamma Memorial Award (2007), Raja Rammohan Puraskar (2006), Performance Excellence Award of DRDO (2005), IG Bubnov Medal (2003), OISCA Award (2003), Dr.Davidson Frame Award (2001), Dr.Vikram Sarabhai Research Award (1991), DRDO Scientist of the Year Award (1988).

Dr. Pillai has published many papers in the international and national journals and Keynote lectures in technical conferences. Dr. Pillai has written many books including, The success mantra of BRAHMOS, Revolution in Leadership, Nano Science and Nano Technology for Engineering. He is the co – author with Dr. Kalam for the books (a) Envisioning an Empowered Nation and (b) ‘Thoughts for Change – we can do it ’ (Defining 10 futuristic technologies).

Web page: http://www.aspillai.com