• Dr.Sulabha Ranade

Workshop Topic: Indigenous Remote Sensing Instruments in Atmospheric Research

Sulabha Ranade received her Ph. D &  M.Tech degree in  Communication Engineering from IIT Bombay and has been working at SAMEER, Mumbai, IIT Campus for last 33 years in the area of Radar Transmitters and Electromagnetics.  Her areas of interest include Microwave Electronics, EMI/EMC issues in high power systems and signal integrity issues in high speed digital circuits.  She has been deputed to various IEEE conferences for presenting her papers at International forums and has also been trained at PRC, Georgia Tech, GIT, USA on Signal Integrity as a part of the EDC program.


She has successfully completed many Defence and Space Application High Power Microwave Transmitter projects  as Chief Investigator and contributed for projects for CEERI, Pilani in the area of High Power C-band TWT test bench.  Has been Chief Investigator for EMC consultancy for the 10 MeV RF LINAC being developed by BARC and has undertaken many EMC consultancy projects.


Responsible for the Setting up of a full fledged EMC lab for Radiated Emission, Conducted Emission, Radiated and Conducted Susceptibility Testing of all electronic products at SAMEER, Navi Mumbai.  The EMC lab is involved in the Test, Design and Consultancy for EMC compliance for electronic products for CE marking.  The EMC lab has received NABL accreditation as per ISO/IEC 17025 for EMC test and design consultancy since 2008 onwards and is also ISO 9001 accredited. The lab also carries out EMC testing as per MIL-STD-461E/F.


Responsible for setting up an NABL accredited EMC Calibration Lab and an NABL accredited Electrical Product Safety Lab at SAMEER, Navi Mumbai.


As Programme Director for SAMEER Kolkata she has contributed towards the development of mm-wave transmitter receiver units for defence and civilian applications.


From January 2016 she has taken charge as Director General, Society for Applied Microwave Electronics Engineering and Research (SAMEER), which is an autonomous R&D lab under Ministry of Communications and Information Technology engaged in research and development in applied electromagnetics, RF, microwave and mmwave as well as areas like communication, EMI/EMC, antenna, Medical/NDT Linear Accelerator, Integrated optics and High Power Microwave Tubes.


She is regular speaker on EMC related Topics at EMC Workshops held at SAMEER and outside and has published more than 40 papers at National and International Conferences and Journals.

  • Dr.B.M.Reddy

Workshop Topic: National ST radar network,the beginning,the objectives and the way forward

Short Biography:

Dr.B Madhava Reddy received his BSc (Physics) in 1954 obtaining first rank from the Madras University; MSc (Applied Physics) in 1958 and DSc (Atmospheric Sciences) in 1963 both from the Andhra University. He did postdoctoral research at NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre (1964-67), and worked in various capacities at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), New Delhi (1967-95) from where he retired as Head of the Radio Science Division. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences of Japan, and also at the Kyoto and Nagoya universities. He also worked as CSIR Emeritus Scientist (1995-2000) and INSA (Honorary) Scientist (2000- ), both at NGRI, Hyderabad.

Academic and Research Achievements: Dr Reddy was the first to describe the global thermal structure of the topside ionosphere from satellite in situ measurements. He proved conclusively from a variety of measurements that the topside plasma densities increase remarkably during magnetic storms and his thermal expansion theory was subsequently confirmed by several workers. His pioneering efforts characterized the Indian Radio Environment to improve radio communications. He was invited in 1983 to be a Team Member in the NASA-Space Shuttle investigations which continued up to 1996 as SUNDIAL programme. He worked to establish specific couplings between various levels of geospace environment to improve solar terrestrial predictions. He also guided 10 students for PhD and published 150 papers in reputed journals.

Other Contributions: Dr Reddy was Chairman of the URSI Committee on Developing Countries (1990-96), and also Member of the international team for the Shuttle Imaging Radar of NASA. Presently, he is Chairman of the National Network of ST Radars in India. He is also the Chairman of the Programme advisory committee for atmospheric sciences and chairman of several National Committees.

Awards and Honours: Dr Reddy won the Vikram Sarabhai Award (1975) for outstanding contributions in the area of Planetary and Space Sciences; Decennial Award by Indian Geophysical Union (1997); and KR Ramanathan Medal in Atmospheric Sciences (1999). He was Vice President of the Indian Geophysical Union for several years and Chairman of the Governing Council of Indian Institute of Geomagnetism for ten years.


  • Prof.P.B.Rao


Workshop Topic: High Power Radar Studies of Atmosphere and Ionosphere

Short Biography:

Received B.Sc (Hons) Physics (1958), M.Sc. Radio Physics (1959) and Ph.D. Ionospheric Physics (1963), all from Andhra University, Waltair, India. Worked as Research Associate – Electroscience Laboratory, Ohio State University, USA: 1964 – 1965 and National Center for Ionosphere and Astronomy, Cornell University, USA: 1965 – 1968 ; Senior Scientist – Sudbury Laboratory, Raytheon Company, USA: 1968 – 1975 ; Professor – Space Physics & Electronics, University of Kerala, India : 1976 – 1990 ; Director – National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL), Department of Space :1990 – 1998; Visiting Professor – NARL: 1998 – 2002; Visiting Scientist – Kyoto University, Japan : January – May 2000; Continues with Department of Space as Visiting Professor (Honorary) at the National Remote Sensing Centre since 2002. Published more than 130 papers in Space & Atmospheric Sciences. Received Raytheon Distinguished Author Award – 1974; Asian Ocean & Geosciences (AOGS) Distinguished Lecture Award – 2008 and Elected Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences – 1996. Served on several national committees, which include the INSA national committees of COSPAR and URSI; Department of Space Committees like Advisory Committee for Space Sciences (ADCOS), Scientific Advisory Committee of the Space Physics Laboratory (SPL), VSSC and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Atmospheric Research laboratory (NARL).


  • Prof.P.R.Mahapatra

Workshop Topic: Special Considerations for Radar Observation of Atmosphere

Short Biography:

Professor P. R. Mahapatra was on the Faculty of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for 43 years. At IISc he was a Senior Professor, held the Prof. Satish Dhawan Chair, and also served as the Dean of the Engineering Faculty. Later he was a Distinguished Professor of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and subsequently held a Chair position awarded by the Government of India.

Professor Mahapatra has conducted and guided extensive research in the fields of aerospace, electronic, and environmental sciences and systems. He has lectured and performed research at leading institutions in America and Europe. These include the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA and California Institute of Technology, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and multiple universities. He has carried out frontline research on Doppler weather radars at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in USA, published extensively in international journals and conferences, and authored a book on Aviation Weather Surveillance Systems published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and also by the Institution of Electrical Engineers in the UK.

Prof. Mahapatra has received numerous awards, including the Donald G Fink Prize, the highest award of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers of USA for his work on weather radars. He was presented the Astronautical Society of India award for Space Science and Application by the President of India, and the DRDO Academic Excellence Award by the Honorable Prime Minister.

Prof. Mahapatra is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of IETE, and Life Member and a former Vice President of Aeronautical Society of India. He was a long-time Professional Member of US Institute of Navigation. He plays a strong guiding role in numerous science, technology and environmental programmes and projects of high national importance.

  • Prof.P.K.Bhuyan

Workshop Topic: Ionospheric HF Radar: A Brief Overview

Short Biography:

Dr Pradip Kumar Bhuyan had been a Professor of Physics and also the Chairperson of the Centre for Atmospheric Studies, Dibrugarh University. He had specialized in Electronics and Radio Communication during his Masters and had taught Physics including Space and Atmospheric Physics for the last four decades. His areas of interests are aeronomy with special reference to low latitude ionosphere, theoretical and empirical ionosphere models including the International Reference Ionosphere and the lower atmosphere, aerosols and trace gases. He is an elected member of the URSI COSPAR Working Group on International Reference Ionosphere from Asia since 2004.


  • Dr.K.Rajeev

Workshop Topic: Atmospheric dynamics, cloud distribution and their radiative impact

Short Biography:

Awarded Ph.D in Physics by Kerala University and underwent one-year WMO Class-I Meteorologist Training. Joined the Space Physics Laboratory (SPL) of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC/ISRO) as Scientist in 1993. Carried out Post-Doctoral Research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, USA. Currently heading the Microwave and Boundary Layer Physics Branch of Space Physics Laboratory and is the Principal Scientist of IGBP-NOBLE Project. Member of the Research Advisory Committee of Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (DST), Mumbai and several national-level scientific committees. Recognized research guide at Kerala University and CUSAT. Areas of research include Atmospheric Physics and Remote Sensing. Published 67 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals.


  • Prof.Minakshi Devi

Workshop Topic: ST Radar of GU: Application potentialities in Hazard monitoring and forecasting

Short Biography:

Prof.Minakshi Devi was the of Head of Physics Dept., Gauhati University and is now In-charge, ST Radar Centre, Gauhati University.


  • Dr.Arvind Agarwal

Workshop Topic: ST Radar at Gauhati University: Hardware Description

Dr. Arvind Agarwal received M. tech from University of Delhi and Ph.D from IIT  Bombay. He joined SAMEER in 1985 as a Scientist and worked on many R&D projects. He was the Project Investigator for the Development of active phased array ST Radar system ~212.5 MHz. He worked in the development of MST radar system for NARL, 400 MHz wind profiler system for IMD and SODARs for many of the research institutes/ labs. He was Project Investigator for the project “Development of Ka – band polarimetric Doppler radar for cloud profiling funded by MoES. He was the Head of the Atmospheric and Radar Instrumentation Division. He retired recently from SAMEER as Scientist ‘F and Programme Director.


  • Shri Anil Kulkarni

Workshop Topic: Design and Development of Lightning Detection Network (LDN)

Shri Anil Kulkarni is the Head of Industrial and Meteorological Systems Division at SAMEER, Mumbai.