Dr. G Malakondaiah (Metallurgy M. Tech 1975, PhD 1980) took over as DS & CC R&D (HR & M) of DRDO
@ May 28, 2013
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(Dr. G. Malakondaiah)

Dr. G. Malakondaiah, Distinguished Scientist, took over as Chief Controller R&D (HR & M) at DRDO HQ on January 01, 2013.

Dr. Malakondaiah obtained his B.E. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Regional Engineering College (presently NIT), Warangal in 1973. Subsequently he joined Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and obtained M. Tech. (1975) and Ph.D. (1980) degrees in Metallurgical Engineering. He was awarded Swarup Jubilee medal for being the outstanding post-graduate student and University medal for standing first in the M. Tech. examinations, 1975. Marks obtained by him in M. Tech. were a new record for the University in this subject. He served on the Metallurgy faculty of BHU for two years as lecturer (1980-82) prior to his joining Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory in October, 1982. At DMRL, he rose to the position of Sc. (G) in July, 2001 and assumed the responsibilities of Director on June 1, 2007. He has subsequently been elevated to the position of Sc. (H) in July, 2009 and Distinguished Scientist in July, 2010.

Dr. Malakondaiah has set up at DMRL one of the leading Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics Laboratories in the country. He received INSA (Indian National Science Academy) Young Scientists Medal in the year 1983. He was awarded (1992) the prestigious National Metallurgists Day Award by the Ministry of Steel and Mines for his outstanding contributions towards Mechanical Metallurgy. He carried out post-doctoral research on advanced titanium aluminides for two years (1992-1994) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, USA as NRC Senior Research Fellow.

His research work has been broadly in the area of advanced mechanical metallurgy, with special emphasis on structure-mechanical property correlations in metals and alloys and development of specialty steels. At DMRL he has undertaken a comprehensive research programme to develop a cost effective low-alloy alternative to the highly alloyed 250 grade maraging steel, best known for its attractive strength-toughness combination. His research has eventually led to the development of a new ultra-high strength, high toughness low-alloy steel, designated as DMR-1700. Fabrication and successful pressure testing of Akash and Agni Stage II booster motor casings has demonstrated immense potential of DMR-1700 low-alloy steel as cost effective replacement of highly alloyed maraging steel for missile casings. This steel is also finding applications in armour. Under his leadership, technology for indigenous production of AB-class naval steels has successfully been established. The naval steels thus indigenized (DMR-249A and DMR-249B steels) have been chosen, and used in large tonnages for construction of the very first aircraft carrier being built at the Cochin Shipyard. Indian Navy subsequently rationalized all their requirement of naval steels in terms of DMR-249A steel. In recognition of these outstanding contributions, he was awarded Scientist of the Year (2000) and Agni Award for Excellence in Self-Reliance (2005) by DRDO. He has also received SAIL Gold Medal (1997), MRSI Gold Medal (1998), VASVIK award (2008) and BHU Alumnus Award (2010).

As Director, Dr. Malakondaiah has given equal emphasis to R&D and product development. During his tenure as Director (June 2007 onwards), the laboratory has successfully undertaken transfer of two major technologies perfected over years. A 500T titanium sponge plant set up at KMML with DMRL technology has been inaugurated in February 2011 and subsequently production has commenced. The first 3.0T sponge cake was ejected in September 2011. As part of transfer of investment casting technology to HAL-Koraput, JFS and PTAE integral castings and Kaveri aerofoil castings have been successfully produced and type certified. The naval steels programme, led by him earlier, continued to extend production support while undertaking development of higher strength grade steels. A major project is currently underway for certification of DMR-249 grade steels to extend their application for construction of underwater vessels. In recognition of overall achievements, the Laboratory was awarded Titanium trophy for the year 2008. He received DRDO Technology Leadership Award-2010.

In addition to his responsibilities as Director, DMRL, Dr. Malakondaiah has also served as Director, Midhani Board; Member, Governing Council, ARCI, Balapur, Hyderabad; Member, Governing Council, JNARDDC, Nagpur; Member, Governing Council, Aeronautical Materials Testing Laboratory, Hyderabad; Member, Research Council, NML, Jamshedpur; Member, Research Council, AMPRI, Bhopal; Member, Research Council, NIT, Warangal; and Member, Advisory Board, GITAM University.

Dr. Malakondaiah has more than 100 technical papers to his credit. Under his guidance FIVE Doctoral degrees have been awarded. He is a Fellow of Andhra Pradesh Akademi of Sciences and Indian National Academy of Engineering.


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*DRDO AWARDS 2010 for outstanding contribution announced


June 2, 2011 by (FINN) Frontier India News Network 

DRDO AWARDS for the year 2010 for outstanding contribution in various areas of technology has been announced. The awards will be given away by the defence minister AK Antony at 1000 Hrs on 03 June 2011 in a brief ceremony to be held at Kothari Auditorium, DRDO Bhawan. There are eleven categories of DRDO AWARDS presented each year to DRDO Scientists/Teams for their outstanding contributions. The transformation of technologies developed by DRDO into products/systems/processes for Armed forces requires absorption of technologies by the production agencies. Defence technology Absorption awards are given to production agencies associated with productionization of DRDO technologies for their excellent support………

….. In recognition of their outstanding contributions and leadership qualities, the Technology Leadership Awards for the year 2010 have been awarded to 3 Scientists. Dr. V Bhujanga Rao, Distinguished Scientist & Director, Naval Science and Technology Laboratory (NSTL), Vishakhapatnam for outstanding contributions in the design, development and induction of Indigenous Underwater Weapons, Naval Stealth products, Underwater Mines, Fire Control Systems and Autonomous Underwater vehicles. S Sundaresh, Distinguished Scientist and Chief Controller Research & Development. Shri S Sundaresh pioneered the development of complex, multi-disciplinary, technology intensive Integrated Fire Control System (IFCS) for the MBT Arjun through successful system integration, weapon system trials and user acceptance.

Dr G Malakondaiah, Distinguished Scientist and Director, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Hyderabad. Dr. G Malakondaiah has made valuable contributions in the development of speciality low-alloy steel DMR-1700 as a cost-effective replacement of maraging steels. AB class naval steels were indigenized under the leadership of Dr G Malakondaiah and are being used in the construction of the very first indigenously built aircraft carrier at the Cochin Shipyard.
*DRDO-Defence Research & Development Organisation



Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) works under Department of Defence Research and Development of Ministry of Defence. DRDO dedicatedly working towards enhancing self-reliance in Defence Systems and undertakes design & development leading to production of world class weapon systems and equipment in accordance with the expressed needs and the qualitative requirements laid down by the three services.

DRDO is working in various areas of military technology which include aeronautics, armaments, combat vehicles, electronics, instrumentation engineering systems, missiles, materials, naval systems, advanced computing, simulation and life sciences. DRDO while striving to meet the Cutting edge weapons technology requirements provides ample spinoff benefits to the society at large thereby contributing to the nation buliding.


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