AMITAVA BOSE, Guest Faculty, Aerospace Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Shibpur. He began his career with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in 1971 as a Scientist/Engineer C and gradually rose to the position of Director of one of its premier R&D centres. Supported by a postgraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Nottingham, UK, he specialised himself in the multidisciplinary area of inertial sensors and systems and created significant national capabilities. He received Dr. Biren Roy Space Science and Design Award instituted by Aeronautical Society of India, for outstanding contribution to Indian Aerospace in the year 2000. Subsequent to retirement in June 2002, he received Distinguished Visiting Professorship Award from Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) for four consecutive years for delivering lectures at the Indian Institutes of Technology on inertial navigation and the related inertial sensors. He has also co-authored two books on the same subject.
SOMNATH PURI joined Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in 1972 and gradually rose to become Deputy Director of a premier R & D centre of ISRO. Supported by a postgraduate engineering degree in Control and Instrumentation and a doctorate degree from the University of Aston in Birmingham, he specialized himself in the design and development of inertial systems for launch vehicles and spacecraft. He received the Distinguished Visiting Professorship Award from Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) to visit Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. After retirement, Dr. Puri is currently appointed as Dean of the Mody Institute of Technology & Science, Rajasthan.
PARITOSH BANERJEE joined Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in 1963 as a Scientific Officer and gradually rose to occupy the prestigious position of the Dean and Director of Electro-Optics Instrument Research Academy. With an MSc (Tech.) degree in Applied Physics and a Master of Engineering in Aeronautics, he specialized himself in the area of inertial navigation and created very good national capabilities for further research and development. He is the recipient of the Scientist of the Year Award in 1983, Om Bhasin Award in 1989 and DRDO Work Excellence Award in 1998 for the work on inertial navigation systems and for establishing a production base in the country.