An alumnus of IIT (BHU) Varanasi, he is also called the Father of India's Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Programme. As Programme Director and Chief Designer of Light Combat Aircraft, he successfully directed the project leading to flight testing and clearance for limited series production. Thanks to his efforts, India succeeded in developing a state-of-art, high technology fighter aircraft of world class. Just a year after receiving DRDO Technology Leadership Award, he was honoured with Padma Shri by Government of India in 2002. Also, Indian National Academy of Engineering conferred up on him, the life time contribution award in engineering, for the year 2006. He is presently the current member of Aeronautical Society of India.
Dr. Subhash Chandra Sati is an outstanding scientist and Director General, Naval systems and Materials, DRDO. The main function of the laboratory is to research and develop underwater weapons and associated systems. He has rich experience in Electro-Hydraulic Control systems, Launcher systems, Parachutes and Heavy drop Systems, Aerostats and Modeling and Simulation for multi-domain mechanical systems. He is the former Director of Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE). Located in Agra, the primary function of the lab is technological advancements of aerostats and delivery systems. ADRDE has been involved in the development of major subsystems of Nishant Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and has developed break parachutes for Light combat aircraft (LCA), Tejas.
The former Deputy Director of IIT Kanpur, he had been a visiting Professor at the Asian Institute of Technology Bangkok from 1982-84, and again from 1998-2000. He has also taught at Cornell, USA; Hanoi, Vietnam and Babol, Iran. He has been awarded ISTE National Award for Outstanding Academic, 2001, and Distinguished Alumunus Award from BHU in 2007. Having supervised over 120 Masters and 15 Doctoral theses and published more than hundred papers in international journals and conference proceedings, he has also been associated with more than a dozen sponsored projects in the field of CAM, CIMS and FMS from various sponsoring agencies. His main areas of teaching and research include production/operations management, supply chain management, quantitative and statistical decision models, computer-integrated/flexible manufacturing systems, cellular manufacturing, and simulation.
Dr. Manu Vora is Chairman and President of Business Excellence Inc., a global quality management consulting service firm. He has over 38 years of leadership experience and has guided Fortune 500 companies with Baldrige Performance Excellence assessment in the areas of leadership excellence, customer satisfaction, employee engagement, and process improvement. He is a Past Vice President of ASQ, ASQ Fellow, and Certified Quality Engineer. He has been recognized with numerous awards from ASQ including ASQ Grant Medal, ASQ Lancaster Medal, ASQ Distinguished Service Medal, ASQ Hutchens Medal, ASQ Chicago Section’s Joe Lisy and Founder’s Award. Since 1989, Dr. Vora and his team at the Blind Foundation for India (BFI) has raised over $3.5 million to serve over a million visually impaired people in India. In 2011, he was recognized with “Volunteer Service Award” by the President of the United States.