B. N. Suresh

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B. N. Suresh
Born (1943-11-12) 12 November 1943 (age 71)
Karnataka, India
Residence India
Nationality Indian
Fields Mechanical Engineering and Rocket technology
Institutions Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre,
Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology
Alma mater M.Tech. (IIT Madras),
Ph.D. (University of Salford, UK)
Known for Satellite Launch Vehicle Design
Notable awards

Byrana Nagappa Suresh (Kannada: ಬ್ಯರಣ್ಣ ನಾಗಪ್ಪ ಸುರೇಶ; born 12 November 1943) is an Indian aerospace scientist. He served as the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram during the period 2003-2007. He is known for his contribution to Space Capsule Recovery Experiments (SRE).[1] Dr. Suresh also served as the founding Director of Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram.[2] He retired from IIST in November 2010. Presently he is serving as Vikram Sarabhai distinguished Professor at ISRO HQ since Nov 2010. He was also ditnguished Professor at IIT, Mumbai and MIT, Manipal.

Early life and education[edit]

Suresh had a very humble early life with his father determined to make him an engineer. His father Nagappa was an agriculturist in Andagar a small village near Koppa town situated near the holy town of Sringeri in Karnataka, India. He attended school in Andagar & Koppa. After his bachelor's degree in Science in 1963 and Engineering in 1967 from Mysore University. He took his Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 1969. He did his doctorate in control system from Salford University, United Kingdom in 1978. Presently he is Vikram Sarabhai Distinguished Professor at ISRO HQ in Bangalore. He was also Distinguished Professor at IIT Mumbai & MIT, Manipal.

He is a fellow of several professional bodies like Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), Astronautical Society of India(ASI), Aeronautical Society Of India (AeSI)and International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) at Paris. He is also Fellow and past President for System Society of India(SSI). He was Head of Indian delegation for the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space at Vienna, Austria between 2004-07. He was selected as Chairman of the prestigious United Nations Scientific and Technical Committee for the year 2006. This has been a unique distinction for India, since for the last 42 years from its inception a technical expert from a developing Country was selected for this coveted post.

He has delivered several prestigious guest lectures like, Ramanujam memorial, Vikram Sarabhai memorial, Dr. Srinivasan memorial and many more in prominent Institutions and national conferences. He has given invited lectures at several International Institutions like, European Space Policy Institute, Paris, Space Institute at Strasbourg, United Nations conferences at Vienna and many more.


  • Dr.Biren Roy Space Science and/or Design Award, 1993 by the Aeronautical Society of India.
  • ASI Award 1996, for Rocket & Related Technologies, by AstronauticalSociety of India, 1996
  • “AGNI” Award for excellence in Self Reliance by Defence Research & Development Laboratory, Ministry Of Defence in 1999.
  • “Ramanujam Memorial Award” PSG Coimbatore at National System Conference, 2005
  • “Technical Excellence award’ by Lions International, Trivandrum, Jan 2006
  • “Outstanding Achievement Award” by Indian Space Research Organisation in June 2007.
  • “Lifetime Achievement Award” by Indian National Academy of Engineering, INAE) Delhi, in Dec 2007
  • “National Systems Gold Medal” for lifetime contributions for large Systems by System Society of India in Dec 2007.
  • “Aryabhata Award” for excellent contributions in space technology by Astronautical society of India,for 2009


  1. ^ "Accuracy of return unbelievable: B.N. Suresh". The Hindu. 23 January 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  2. ^ "B. N. Suresh". IIST. Retrieved 25 December 2009. [dead link]
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  4. ^ Padma Shri Awardees

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