Former Chairman, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, and Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering, Dr. C.G Krishnadas Nair is a Padma Shri Awardee for his outstanding contributions in Engineering Science and Technology. He is a technologist and an industry leader of eminence. During his distinguished professional career spanning over 40 years, he has made significant lifetime contributions in the Aerospace Industry, Engineering Education, R&D and Small & Medium Scale Industry, Private-Public Industry Co-operation, and International Co-operation.
Dr. Nair holds a Bachelors degree in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Madras, and a masters degree and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Sask, Canada.
He has served as Vice-Chancellor of MATS University, Raipur, Chhattisgarh State; Chairman/Member of governing councils of a number of engineering colleges; and INAE-AICTE distinguished visiting professor at IIT, Chennai. He has also served as Managing Director, Cochin International Airport Ltd. He is currently the Chancellor at Jain (Deemed-to-be University) and the Chairman, Governing Council of International Institute for Aerospace Engineering and Management (IIAEM), Bangalore.
He has been a member of various scientific advisory councils and committees like the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet, Govt. of India, Research Council, Regional Research Laboratory, National Aerospace Laboratories, Governing Council, Jawaharlal Nehru Research and Development Centre for Aluminum, and Standing Scientific Advisory Committee, Department of Steel and Mines, Government of India. He has served as President of two associations - the Aeronautical Society of India and the Indian Institute of Metals. He has been a director / member board of several public and private sector corporates.
He is a recipient of the award for lifetime contributions and achievements from three leading professional engineering associations namely, Aeronautical Society of India (AeSI), Indian Institute of Metals (IIM), and Institution of Engineers India (IEI). Other awards include Birla Gold Medal, Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award, National Aeronautical Prize, Vasvik Research Award, Omprakash Bhasin Award, Dr. Ambedkar Bharath Shree Award, Rashtriya Ratna Award, National Metallurgist Award, IIM Platinum Award, Swadeshi Science Puraskara, Enterprise Excellence Award, National Award for R&D, FIE Foundation Award, and National Award for Best Employer of Physically Handicapped.
He has presented and published over 235 papers at national and international conferences in the field of aerospace materials, process technologies, management, and international co-operation. He has authored 24 books in addition to editing and publishing proceedings of a number of national and international seminars.