A Sivathanu Pillai
|Alma mater||Thiagarajar College of Engineering (B.E.)|
University of Pune (PhD)
|Known for||Known as Father of Brahmos Aerospace|
|Spouse(s)||Seetha Sivathanu Pillai|
|Institutions||Defence Research and Development Organisation|
A Sivathanu Pillai is an Indian scientist who formerly served as Honorary Distinguished Professor at Indian Space Research Organisation (2015-2018) and an honorary professor at IIT Delhi in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (2015-2016) and a Visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Science (2014-2015).
He is the President of Project Management Associates and is the former chairperson of the board of governors of the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra.
He formerly served as Chief Controller of Research and Development from year 1996 to 2014 and held the rank of "Distinguished Scientist" from year 1999 to 2014 at the Defence Research and Development Organisation at the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of India. He is also the founder-CEO and managing director of the BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited.
He also previously served as Vice President of International Project Management Association and as Special Secretary representing India in the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation.
Apathukatha Sivathanu Pillai was born in Nagercoil in Kanyakumari District, Tamilnadu on 15 July 1947. He completed his schooling at D.V.D. Higher Secondary School, Nagercoil,. He earned his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Thiagarajar College of Engineering in 1969.
In 1991, he attended the six-week Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He then earned PhD in Technology Management from Savitribai Phule Pune University in 1996. Pillai is a close and personal friend of Former President of India APJ Abdul Kalam
Pillai currently serves as Honorary Distinguished Professor at Indian Space Research Organisation and an honorary professor at IIT Delhi in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Science.
He also formerly served as the chairperson of the Board of Governors of the National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra.
Pillai joined the Defence Research and Development Service and has four decades of experience in ISRO and DRDO and has worked with Vikram Sarabhai, Satish Dhawan and APJ Abdul Kalam.
He joined DRDO in 1986 and was the Programme Director of IGMDP under the leadership of A. P. J. Kalam. He contributed to the successful development of SLV III as a core team member and to the evolution of PSLV configuration for ISRO.
In August 2007 he was given a third extension of his retirement date by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet.
Pillai is regarded as the Father of BRAHMOS, the joint venture between India and Russia to design, develop, produce and market the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos and he is the chief executive and managing director of BrahMos Aerospace. In 2007, under his leadership as CEO of Brahmos Aerospace, the company bought Kerala Hitech Industries Limited. It has been then converted into Brahmos Aerospace Trivandrum Limited, the second missile making unit of BrahMos Aerospace Private Limited for a world-class missile facility with system integration and testing.
|Year of Award or Honor||Name of Award or Honor||Awarding Organization|
|2014||Lifetime Achievement Award||Rotary International.|
|2014||Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award||Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management.|
|2014||Order of Friendship||President of Russia.|
|2013||Padma Bhushan||President of India.|
|2009||DRDO Technology Leadership Award||Prime Minister of India.|
|2009||Level A certification of Project Directorship||International Project Management Association (IPMA), Switzerland.|
|2008||Honorary Doctorate||Thapar University, India.|
|2007||Honorary Doctorate||Avinashilingam University, India.|
|2006||Honorary Doctorate||Bharathiar University, India.|
|2006||Honorary Doctorate||State Marine Technical University of St. Petersburg, Russia.|
|2006||Honorary Doctorate||Andhra University, India.|
|2006||Raja Rammohan Puraskar Award||Ministry of Defence.|
|2005||DRDO Performance Excellence Award||Ministry of Defence.|
|2005||Honorary Doctorate||Sathyabama University, India.|
|2005||Honorary Doctorate||Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, India.|
|2003||The Order of the Peter the Great and the Academician of the university||The Moscow University of Security, Defence and Law Enforcement, Russia.|
|2003||Award for dedicated service, co-operation, development and peace||OISCA International, Japan.|
|2002||Padma Shri||President of India.|
|2001||Dr. Davidson Frame Award||University of Technology & Management, USA.|
|1988||DRDO Scientist of the year||Ministry of Defence.|
Sivathanu Pillai is a published author and coauthor of several books, research papers and journals.