G. Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri and Director General, Missiles and Strategic Systems, has been conferred with the prestigious National Design Award

He has bagged this award for his significant national contribution towards indigenous design and development of diversified missile systems, guided weapons, avionics technologies and for his sustained efforts leading to the advancement of aerospace technologies and industries in India.

Satheesh Reddy spearheads Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex, 'the Missiles hub of India', steering the design and development of a wide variety of tactical and strategic missile systems. His contributions have left a lasting imprint on the technology map as well as on the defence preparedness of the country and paved the way for self sufficiency in missile systems and technologies.

He has played a major role in indigenous design and development of weapon systems, formulation of national policies, harnessing the research and innovation in industry, academia and R&D institutes. He will be receiving the award during the Indian Engineering Congress on December 21 at Chennai.

National Design Research Forum (NDRF) established by the Institution of Engineers (India), promotes research, design, development, productisation and innovation through collaborative effort since 1969. It is anchoring inter-disciplinary technological research in many engineering disciplines, including for societal applications, and plays a major role in deploying engineering and technology services, systems, and solutions for nation building.

NDRF continues the tradition of identifying and recognising outstanding contribution to engineering design through national design awards since its inception. These activities and facilities of NDRF are open to industry, academia and research organisations for collaborative research and development.

He is known for being a navigation expert and is the only scientist from India holding the distinction of being inducted as Fellow of Royal Institute of Navigation, London and Royal Aeronautical Society, UK.