IEI Kuwait Chapter welcomes Moon Man

Monday, December 3, 2018

The Institution of Engineers (India), Kuwait Chapter invited Padma Shree Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai as Chief Guest to celebrate 51st Engineers’ Day in Kuwait. All Executive Committee members and special invitees had the privilege of interacting with Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai in an informal setup at Radisson Blu Hotel on the date of his arrival to Kuwait. Dr. Mahendran, Honorary Chairman, IEI Kuwait Chapter welcomed Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai and his wife.

He gave a brief about him. All present were introduced to Dr. Mylswamy. Now everyone was looking forward listening from this great personality who brought glory for the country in the field of space exploration and research. Padma Shree Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai, Ex-Project Director, ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisations) was born on July 2, 1958, at Kodhawady in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu, India, Annadurai graduated in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Government College of Technology, Coimbatore.

He joined ISRO in 1982. In his early days he worked as the Team Leader to design and develop software for satellite simulator. During the period 1988-1993, he worked as spacecraft operations manager for IRS-1A, IRS-1B, INSAT–2A and INSAT-2B. He worked as Mission Director for the period 1992-2005 and managed 10 INSAT missions.

He led the team of engineers and scientists during 2004-2008 as Project Director for ISRO’s first Lunar Mission and designed and developed a lunar craft, “Chandrayaan-I” with 11 scientific instruments on Board which eventually discovered the presence of water on moon. Under his leadership as Program Director, India’s first interplanetary mission to planet Mars, “Mangalyaan” was meticulously planned and realised.

This success brought unprecedented global accolade spiralling India to the pinnacle of glory. Dr. Mylswamy Annadurai has been listed among the 100 Global thinkers of 2014 and tops the innovator’s list. He has been awarded the prestigious Padma Shree in 2016 by the President of India for his contributions in the field of Science & Engineering. During the meeting, Dr. Mylswamy shared his experiences of professional life, challenges faced during the Chandrayaan-I and Mangalyaan Missions and what changed the original plans etc.

Q&A session was conducted and many queries and curiosities raised were answered by him. Meeting with Dr Mylswamy was attended by Honorary Chairman Dr. Mahendran, General Secretary Engr Hirak Kumar Mitra, Treasurer Engr Sudhir Mehghani, Engr Ramana, Engr Ashish, Engr Vinayaga, Engr Mohan, Engr Sam, Engr Noor, Ex-officio Chairman Engr Ajay Sharma, Ex-officio General Secretary Engr Thomas, Former Chairman Engr Zaidi and Former General Secretary Engr Rishabh.

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