Eminent scientist Dr K Sivan was appointed on 10 January as the new Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Currently the director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in Thiruvananthapuram, Sivan will succeed AS Kiran Kumar and have a three-year term as the ISRO chief.
The appointment of Sivan, who is an alumnus of IIT Bombay, and has contributed significantly to PSLV, GSLV, and GSLV Mk-Ill vehicle design, was cleared by the Appointment Committee of Cabinet (ACC).
Sivan graduated from Madras Institute of Technology in Aeronautical Engineering in 1980. He took his ME in Aerospace Engineering from IISc, Bangalore in 1982. Subsequently, he completed his Ph.D. in Aerospace engineering from IIT-Bombay in 2006.