Dr. U. Chandrasekhar, Pro Vice Chancellor of Vel Tech University, is a researcher and an academician with insights in gas turbine engineering and additive manufacturing. After his early education in NIT Suratkal and IIT, Madras he worked in DRDO in various capacities rising to the rank of the Technical Director – GTRE, Bangalore. He set up the India’s first-ever AM lab at GTRE in 1997 and carried out several projects related to rapid prototyping of UAVs and other aero systems. In 2011, he led a large group of scientists in flight testing of a turbojet engine at the Central Institute of Aviation Motors, Moscow. For his works in additive manufacturing, he received a commendation medal from the ministry of defence. During 2013-2015, he served the Institution of Engineers (India) as the Secretary & Director General and fostered several teaching-learning methods based on 3D printing. He serves on the editorial board of the Internal Journal of Rapid Prototyping and also the Springer Journal for Mechanical Engineering. He carried out several projects on rapid prototyping of aeronautical systems. He is a member of the academic committee of National Board of Accreditation and task group of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission on machine learning. He mentors a few startups in 3DP through the DST supported entrepreneurship development centre.
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