1971 - M.Tech - Electrical Engineering Chairman @ Airports Authority of India, New Delhi
Dr. K. Ramalingam, Chairman, Airports Authority of India, is a highly qualified and vastly experienced technocrat who has started his career with the Civil Aviation Department, Government of India in June 1972. He holds an M.Tech. (Electrical Engineering) degree from Indian Institute of Technology (lIT) Madras in 1971; and also a Post Graduate Diploma in Management with specialization in Information Technology. Recently, he has been awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Electronics and Communication Engineering by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. Earlier, recognizing his outstanding contribution in Civil Aviation, Anna University awarded the Honorary Doctorate.
Dr. Ramalingam has 35 years of valuable experience in development and management of Airport Infrastructure and Air Navigation Infrastructure in senior level positions in AAI. Prior to becoming Chairman, he was whole-time Member (Planning) and held additional charge of Member (Operations) in the Board of AAI. He is also a Board Member of the Airports Council International (ACI)-Asia Pacific Region and Governing Board Member of ACI World.
An acknowledged expert in the field of Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS), Dr. Ramalingam is on the Navigation System Panel (NSP) of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for preparation of standards and recommended practices. He is also a Member of Project Management Council for implementation of Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) in India named GAGAN as a joint venture project of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and AAI. He was Technical Advisor with the Cochin International Airport Ltd. (CIAL), first private sector airport in India.
Dr. Ramalingam played an important role as a Member of the Steering Committee for selection of Joint Venture Partners for Development of New International Airports at Devanhalli, Bangalore and Shamshabad near Hyderabad. He has also represented AAI in various committees set up by the Government of India to examine the need and location for Infrastructure Development of New Airports.
In recognition of his professional accomplishments and the dynamic leadership in the field of airport and air navigation infrastructure, IIT Madras and its alumni take pride in conferring on him this award.