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 developmentof Indian launch vehicles and 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 distinguished Professor at IIT, Mumbai and MIT, Manipal. He is Member, Board of Governors for IIT, Madras. He is also Chairman for Research Board for Aeronautical Development Establishment, DRDO, Bangalore

Early life and education[edit]

Suresh had a very humble early life with his father determined to make him an engineer. His father B. Nagappa was an agriculturist in Hosakere, Andagar a small village near Koppa town situated near the holy town of Sringeri in Karnataka, India. He attended his entire schooling in Andagar & Koppa and studied in Kannada medium. 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 systems from Salford University, United Kingdom in 1978. Presently he is also President Indian National Academy of Engineering, a premier engineering Academy of the Country located at Delhi, from 1 January 2015.

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 full member for International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) at Paris. He is also Fellow and past President for System Society of India(SSI).

In the international area he was Head of Indian delegation for the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space at Vienna, Austria during 2004-07. He was selected as Chairman of the prestigious United Nations Scientific and Technical Committee for the year 2006 from the Asia Pacific Countries. This was a unique distinction, since from the inception of UN Committee in the last 42 years a technical expert from a developing Country was selected for this coveted post. He was Vice-President for S&T Committee for International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and Chairman for the selection of members in S&T area for IAA for five years. He was also Co-Chair for programme Committee for the conduct of International Astronautical Congress in 2007.

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, NASA conference on Project Management at Houston, USA and many more.


  • He is a recipient of Padma Shri award by Government of India (2002).[4]
  • He is recipient of Kannada Rajyotsava Award 2014 by Government of Karnataka for contributions in Science and Technology
  • 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
  • "Big Kannadiga Award" for contributions to Science & Technology by 92.7 BIG FM radio in 2014
  • “MR Kurup Endowment Award” by Centre for Indian Consumers Research, Trivandrum, for outstanding contributions in space education and research in 2015.


  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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