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Prof. R M Vasagam

1965 - M.Tech - Electrical Engineering Former Chancellor @ Anna University

Padmashri Vasagam’s career has been symbiotic with India’s progress and self-reliance in Space Technology.

He graduated in 1963 from the University of Madras with honours in Electrical Engineering. In 1965 he obtained the degree of Master of Technology in Electrical Engineering at IIT Madras. The same year he joined the Indian Space Research Organisation, moving through positions of responsibility in the launch team, planning and evaluation group control systems, satellite centre, and advanced technology and planning. In 1994 he became the Director of the Advanced Technology and Planning at the ISRO Headquarters. In June 1996 he was appointed the Vice Chancellor of Anna University.

Padmashri Vasagam has led space missions like Axis Stabilized Geostationary Experimental Satellites and INSAT and IRS satellites for Communications Remote Sensing and Meteorological data. He has also contributed to the creation of inertial navigation guidance and control system, electro-optical sensors, electro-mechanical actuators and programmable fault-tolerant controllers for launch vehicles and satellites, all with state-of-the-art technology developed and harnessed indigenously.

Fellow of many Professional Societies, winner of many awards including Padmashri in 1982, United Nations expert on Space System, member of the Review Committees of several Ministries of the Government of India and member of the Board of Studies of several Universities India and Abroad. He has also been a close associate of the luminaries of India’s Space Technology. He is a Visionary who firmly believes in India’s emergence as a Technological Superpower in the years to come.

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