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Indian scientist and Director General of Aeronautical Systems -Visit
  • 11 Oct 2023
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Indian scientist and Director General of Aeronautical Systems -Visit

Dr. Tessy Thomas, a highly accomplished Indian scientist and Director General of Aeronautical Systems, made a noteworthy visit to Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education on October 11, 2003. During her visit, she engaged in discussions with the university officials, shedding light on her remarkable journey and achievements in the field of science and technology. Dr. Tessy Thomas's academic journey began with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Calicut University in 1985. She continued her pursuit of knowledge with a Master's degree in Guided Missiles from the Institute of Armament Technology (now Defence Institute of Advanced Technology), Pune, in 1986. Her academic accomplishments culminated in a Ph.D. in Missile Guidance from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, in 2014. Additionally, she earned an MBA in Operations Management from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, in 2007. Her illustrious career spans more than 32 years and includes significant contributions to various areas such as Guidance, Control, Inertial Navigation, Trajectory Simulation, and Mission Design. She made history by becoming the first woman scientist in India to head a missile project when she served as the Project Director for the Agni-IV missile in the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). Dr. Tessy Thomas also played pivotal roles as Project Director (Mission) for the long-range AGNI-5 missile system. Her tenure as the Director of the Advanced Systems Laboratory at DRDO saw her shouldering diverse roles and responsibilities while leading the development of strategic systems. Presently, she serves as the Director General of Aeronautical Systems Cluster Laboratories. Throughout her remarkable career, Dr. Tessy Thomas has been recognized with numerous prestigious awards. Some of the notable awards include the DRDO Agni Award for Excellence in Self-Reliance (2001), DRDO Scientist of the Year Award (2008), Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics, and Management (2012), India Today Woman of the Year Award (2009), and the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Award (2012), among many others. These accolades reflect her outstanding contributions in the field of science and technology. Dr. Tessy Thomas's visit to Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education was a unique opportunity for the university officials and students to interact with a trailblazing scientist who has made invaluable contributions to India's missile technology and defense systems. Her journey serves as an inspiration to aspiring scientists and engineers, particularly women, and reinforces the importance of innovation and excellence in the field of science and technology.

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