Dr L. Venkatakrishnan

Chief Scientist and Head of
the Experimental Aerodynamics Division.

Dr L. Venkatakrishnan completed his Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 1991 and obtained his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science in 1997, before joining the Fluid Mechanics Research Laboratory (FMRL) at Florida State University as a PostDoctoral Fellow. Dr L. Venkatakrishnan joined the National Aerospace Laboratories in June 2000 and is currently Chief Scientist and Head of the Experimental Aerodynamics Division. His main interests are in flow diagnostics, fluid mechanics and aeroacoustics and has developed new measurement methodologies as well as techniques for launch vehicle noise suppression. He has about 80 publications in international refereed journals and conferences in addition to numerous invited lectures in international conferences. He has recently developed an Electronic Target and Scoring System for improving marksmanship skills for soldier training. The system, named ‘DHVANI’–“Detection and Hit Visualization using Acoustic ‘N’-wave Identification” determines the location of bullets fired at a target. This is an indigenous, cost effective electronic target training system for perfecting soldier marksmanship skills by accurately determining the location of bullet impact on the target during training. This system is currently being used by both Indian Army and the Indian Air Force. He is a reviewer, guest editor, on several peer-reviewed international journals and is currently also on the Editorial Advisory board of the Springer journal Experiments in Fluids. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, UK, Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Elected 2010) and has been awarded the Prof Satish Dhawan Award for Young Engineers in 2011 in addition to the Best Innovation award from CSIR-NAL in 2013.