Meet Our Professors of Practice

Department of Aerospace Engineering

Dr P B Navle

Scientist G, Associate Director (Retd.)

Brief Biodata : Retired as Associate Directorfrom High Energy Materials Research Laboratory, Defence Research and Development Organization, Dr Pradeep Babanrao Navle, Scientist G, has acquired vast experience in the field of Combustible Cartridge Cases and Gun Propellants dealing with tank and artillery ammunition technologies. Major area of his work is the development of gun propellant system related to MBT Arjun, T-72 tank and 155 mm artillery guns like Bofors & Soltam. He is the recipient of ‘Laboratory scientist of the year award’ for design, development, productionization and technology transfer of combustible cartridge case. The ‘Agni award for excellence in self-reliance’ has been conferred on him as a team leader for establishing state-of-the-art BMCS technology with indigenous raw materials and indigenous processing technologies leading to its induction in services for existing and futuristic artillery guns. He has spear-headed one of the most prestigious and high value project of Armament cluster aimed at development of new generation gun propellant which will lead to metamorphosis of ammunition technology.

Lt. Gen. P R Shankar, AVSM, VSM

Director General of Artillery (Retd.)

Brief Biodata : Retired as Director General of Artillery, Indian Army, Lt. Gen. Shankar has vast operational experience and has held many important command, staff and instructional appointments in the Army. An alumnus of Defence Services Staff College Wellington, Army War College Mhow, Naval Post Graduate School Monterrey and National Defence College Delhi, he gave great impetus to the modernization of Artillery through indigenization. He has a deep understanding and experience of successful defense planning and acquisition spanning over a decade. Major 155mm Gun projects like the Dhanush, M777 ULH and k9 Vajra, Rocket and Missile projects related to Pinaka, Brahmos and, Grad BM21, surveillance projects like Swati WLR and some ammunition projects came to fructification due to his efforts.

Shri Lazar T Chitilappilly

Brief Biodata : Lazar T. Chitilappilly has devoted his career spanning more than three and a half decades to the advancement of high speed aerodynamics and propulsion in this country. He joined ISRO in 1985 after obtaining B.Tech. from IIT Madras and M.E. from IISc Bangalore, and super-annuated in October 2019. And in February 2020, he joined as Professor of Practice in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Madras. As Project Director for Air Breathing Propulsion, Chitilappilly lead the ``ISRO Scramjet Engine Flight Experiment`` which accomplished the flight test very successfully at a hypersonic speed of Mach 6. Chitilappilly has made specific contributions in the areas of design, flow modeling and testing of aerodynamics and propulsion systems with publications at national and international levels. He had earlier worked in the development of Ejector-Ramjets and Air Breathing Rockets including flight testing. He also lead a team in establishing a high pressure - high temperature ground test facility for Scramjet engine. Later as Group Director for Propulsion Research, he lead a team on development of Hybrid Rockets and was also engaged in various R&D activities on Solid as well as Liquid Rockets.