Mr S K Shivakumar, Distinguished Scientist and Associate Director,ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC), Bangalore, has assumed the office of Director, ISRO Satellite Centre today (June 30, 2012). He took over the charge from Dr T K Alex, the outgoing Director.ISAC is ISRO's premier Centre for conceptualisation, design, fabrication, testing, integration and in-orbit commissioning of satellite systems involving various cutting edge technologies.
Mr Shivakumar began his career in ISRO by joining ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) in 1976 at Sriharikota and later served ISRO Satellite Centre for two decades (1978-1998) during which he made immense contribution to the mission planning, analysis and operations of several Indian satellite missions including Bhaskara, APPLE, IRS and INSAT. He served as Mission Director for IRS-1B and IRS-1C satellites which successfully completed a decade of operations in orbit.
From September 1998 to November 2010, Mr Shivakumar was Director,ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), which maintains the large constellation of Indian Remote Sensing Satellites in orbit and provides support to satellite launch vehicle missions with a world-wide network of ground stations.
Mr Shivakumar was also the Project Director for realising India's first indigenous Deep Space Network antenna that measures 32 meters (100 feet) in diameter at Byalalu, near Bangalore. This antenna was used for communicating with Chandrayaan-1, India's first mission to the Moon, and will also serve future deep space missions. Besides, he played a key role in realising the entire ground segment for Chandrayaan-1 mission including the Indian Space Science Data Centre at Byalalu.
As Associate Director of ISRO Satellite Centre since November 2010,Mr Shivakumar has steered the design and realisation of many communication, remote sensing, navigation and scientific satellites.
Mr Shivakumar had a distinguished academic career and obtained Bachelor's Degree in Science from Mysore University, BE in Electrical Communications Engineering as well as MTech in Physical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
Mr Shivakumar has represented ISRO in several national and international committees, advisory groups and conferences, including United Nations Committee on Peaceful Use of Outer Space, Vienna, Inter-Operability Plenary and Inter-agency Operations Advisory Group.
Mr Shivakumar is the recipient of many honours and awards like Indian National Remote Sensing Award of Indian Society of Remote Sensing, Award for excellence in Space systems management of the Astronautical Society of India and ISRO Merit Award for his outstanding contributions in Ground Systems establishment. He is also the recipient of 'National Aeronautical Prize-2008' from Aeronautical Society of India for his outstanding Contribution for Chandrayaan-1 mission and has received Team Excellence Award for the successful implementation of Satellite based Telemedicine programme.
Mr Shivakumar is an elected academician of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). He has been bestowed with 'Laurels for Team Achievement' by IAA for his significant role in the Tracking, Telemetry and Command Support for PSLV-C7/Cartosat-2/Space Capsule Recovery Experiment mission of India.
Mr Shivakumar received 'Karnataka Rajyotsava Award 2008' in the area of Science and was conferred with Honorary Doctorate by the University of Mysore during its 92nd annual convocation.
His current research interests are in the areas of highly capable space systems, autonomy in space systems and large antenna systems.