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AEM Alumnus Satish Dhawan


Satish Dhawan is among the many notable alumni from the Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics program. Dhawan completed a total of 7 undergraduate, masters, and PhD. degrees at various universities, including the University of Minnesota where he obtained his Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 1947. Dhawan was born in India in September of 1920 and was there until after he completed his undergraduate degrees and a master degree from the University of Punjab. From there, he went on to universities in Minnesota and California at the California Institute of Technology.
After completing his various degrees, he returned home and used his skills and expertise to advance the aero-science community in India. He became a faculty member of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore in 1951 and served as director starting in 1962. During this time, he focused his research on relaminarization of separated boundary layer flows, three-dimensional boundary layers, and trisonic flows. The first supersonic wind tunnel in India was constructed under his direction. He helped reconstruct the IRSO’s relationship with the government in order to help further funding and continued advancement. He was also co-leader for the team that successfully launched India’s first satellite into orbit in 1980.
Dhawan passed away on January 5th, 2002. After his death, the IRSO renamed their research center located in Sriharikota, to honor the man who revolutionized Indian aerospace engineering. The Satish Dhawan Space Centre is one of India’s leading centers in space research with its launch base which creates an optimal environment for research.
The department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics is always pleased to learn about the astounding accomplishments and impacts our alumni make within their communities and on a global scale.

Last Modified: 2017-10-06 at 12:03:06 -- this is in International Standard Date and Time Notation