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Dr. Gankidi Madhusudhan Reddy

1999/Ph.D/MT Adjunct Professor, NIT Warangal, Chairman, INAE, Hyderabad, Outstanding Scientist and Director (Rtd.), DMRL, DRDO

Dr. Gankidi Madhusudhan Reddy, an eminent scientist and visionary leader, has made unparalleled contributions to the field of defense research and technology over a career spanning more than three and a half decades. Commencing his journey as a Scientist at the Combat Vehicles R&D Establishment (CVRDE), Chennai in December 1987, Dr Reddy’s pioneering research in welding science laid the foundation for significant advancements in materials joining technologies. His illustrious career continued at the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad. Currently, he serves as an Adjunct Professor at NIT Warangal.

Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Reddy has demonstrated unwavering dedication and technical acumen. He has made significant contributions to numerous technological innovations, scientific research endeavors, and collaborative efforts – benefitting industry, academia, and government bodies alike. His pioneering research in the welding of advanced materials, including high-strength aluminum alloys and ultrahigh strength steels, has not only strengthened India’s defense capabilities but has also garnered international recognition.

Dr. Reddy’s outstanding contributions have been duly recognized through numerous prestigious awards and accolades, including the Metallurgist of the Year Award (2007), Technology Leadership Award (2019), DRDO Scientist of the Year Award (2013), GD Birla Gold Medal (2019), Binani Gold Medal (2010, 1994), SAIL Gold Medal (2013) Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya Award (2018), Engineer of the Year Award (2002), Andhra Pradesh Scientist of the Year Award (2006), and INAE Young Engineer Award (1997) – to name a few. He is also honored with prestigious Fellowships from esteemed professional bodies such as the Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE) and the American Society of Metals (FASM). His exemplary leadership as Director of DMRL has propelled the laboratory to heights of excellence, culminating in national recognition as the best science laboratory of DRDO.

Dr. Reddy’s prolific publication record, comprising over 300 papers in high-impact journals and an equal number in conference proceedings, together with several patents to his credit, reflect his relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovation in the field of welding metallurgy. His significant contributions to the development of indigenous welding technologies, ballistic solutions, and advanced materials have not only strengthened India’s defence infrastructure but also paved the way for civilian spin-offs with far-reaching societal impact. He has also served on the Governing Councils of Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited (MIDHANI), International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), and National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML) of CSIR.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements coupled with exemplary leadership, contributing to a transformative impact on defense technology research, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and its alumni proudly present Dr. Gankidi Madhusudhan Reddy with the Distinguished Alumni Award for the year 2024.

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