Former VSSC Director gets Management Leadership Award

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015,21:51 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thruvananthapuram | Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has honoured distinguished Scientist and Former Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Padma Shri M Chandradathan with Trivandrum Management Association’s (TMA) Management Leadership Award for 2014.
Presenting him with a Gold Medal and a Citation at the award ceremony held here, the Chief Minister congratulated M Chandradathan on his recognition and lauded his contribution towards the growth of Space Research in India, a press release said.
Chandradathan began his illustrious career in 1972 joining the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) where he worked on the SLV-3 project during its design phase and later on moved to solid propellant formulations.
In 2000 he became the head of the ablative nozzle production unit and went on to become the Chief Executive of the Solid Propellant Plant for PSLV and GSLV boosters where he supervised the establishment of a new Solid Propellant plant commissioned in 2008.
From here he took over as Director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in 2008. During his tenure he contributed tremendously towards the improvement of production levels of solid boosters.
In 2013 he was appointed Director of the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC). It was in July 2014 he was appointed as the Director of VSSC and the same year the nation had honored him with Padma Shri for his outstanding contribution in the areas of space research.
He has also been recognized with many accolades for his contribution by ISRO and many other organisations. He took all his assignments with a passion and commitment that enabled him to lead a team of scientists in achieving the great task of the ‘Mangalyan Mission’ and also the Chandrayaan-1 project.
TMA instituted the Management Leadership award in 1986 and since then every year has recognized an outstanding management professional for his leadership competencies, excellence in relationships and social commitments.