Padma Shri Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai

The Moon Man of India, Distinguished Space Scientist, Director (Rtd) ISRO Satellite Centre

Padmashri Awardee Dr Mylswamy Annadurai is a Distinguished space scientist of International repute. Holding PhD in engineering, he has served in Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) for 36 years. He has contributed for more than 60 satellites made in India. During his tenure (2015-2018) as Director, ISRO satellite centre, Dr Annadurai led more than 3000 strong scientists and engineers to build and launch 30 state of the art satellites. Prior to that he led two of the most significant achievements of ISRO namely Chandryanna-1 and Mangalyaan (Moon and Mars missions), as Project Director and Programme Director for the respective missions. He was also instrumental in operationalizing NAVIC constellation, Indian Regional Navigation System and redefining Aditay L1 mission.

Dr. Annadurai had led many international forums and committees on Space science and technology Viz, Chairman, working group of the whole in United Nations Committee for Peaceful use of Outer Space, Co-chair Asia-Pacific Space Forum, Co-chair Indo German Joint working team for Space co-operation, Co-Chair Indo-French Joint working team for Space co-operation. He has travelled to many countries.

Dr Annadurai was Vice President, Tamilnadu State Council for Science & Technology and Chairman, National Design and Research forum between 2019 & 2022. He is the Chairman for Aerospace committee in Southern India Chamber of Commerce & Industries. Dr Annadurai is Director, SSI Innovations International inc., New Delhi, Director, Moon Land Technologies Pvt Ltd Chennai and the member of Tamilnadu State Audit Advisory Board. He is also honorary
advisor for few startups and charitable trusts namely, Gencrest Pvt Ltd Mumbai, Thathya Earth Pvt Ltd Mumbai, Orange Foundation, Chennai, Edutech4Space, Dubai , Daksha Unmanned Systems, Chennai, American India Foundation, New Delhi.

Dr.Annadurai has been bestowed with the Padma Shree award in 2016 for Science and Technology from Govt.of India, Rajyotsava Prashasti award for Science in 2008 from Govt. of Karnataka, IEI-IEEE(USA) Engineering Excellence award 2016, along with more than 100 national and international awards. Annadurai has authored more than 100 research papers and attended more than 150 national and international conferences. He has also written 7 books and his achievements have been highlighted in science text books of Tamilnadu since 2009.
Post superannuation, Dr.Annadurai is mentoring and guiding engineering science students and young entrepreneurs in the innovative projects of social relevance.

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