V. K. Aatre

V. K. Aatre
Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre
Born 1939
Bangalore, India
Residence  India,  Canada
Citizenship  India
Fields Electrical engineering
Institutions Indian Institute of Science
Naval Physical & Oceanographic Lab
Alma mater University of Waterloo, Canada
Indian Institute of Science
Notable awards Padma Bhushan

Dr. Vasudev Kalkunte Aatre (born 1939) is an Indian Scientist and former head of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), India's premier Defence R&D Organization. In that capacity, he also served as the Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister (Raksha Mantri). He is an awardee of the Padma Bhushan award.


Dr. Aatre was born in 1939 in Bangalore. He completed his BE in Electrical engineering from the University of Mysore in 1961 and a Master's Degree from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, in 1963.[1] He was awarded a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1967. Thereafter, he worked as a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Canada, and worked till 1980.[1] He was a Visiting Professor at IISc till 1977.

In 1980, Dr. Aatre joined DRDO at the Naval Physical & Oceanographic Laboratory (NPOL), Cochin, and became its Director in 1984. He was later appointed as Chief Controller (R&D) of DRDO. In February 2000, he replaced Abdul Kalam as the Director General of DRDO and SA to RM, serving as a Scientific advisor to the then Defence Minister, George Fernandes. He retired in October 2004 and was replaced by Dr. M. Natrajan.

Dr. Aatre was awarded the Padma Bhushan award in 2000 by the then President K. R. Narayanan.[1]


Further reading

Dr. K Divyananda; Dr. W Selvamurthy (2005). Soaring High: A Biography of Dr. V. K. Aatre. New Delhi: IK International ISBN 8188237248

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