Things to know about J Manjula, the first woman chief of DRDO

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New Delhi, Sept 10: Manjula has made us all proud being the first woman to lead DRDO. A chief now, she has always been an achiever throughout her life-as a student and a scientist.

Here are certain things about her that are lesser known to the public:

  • She was heading the Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE) since July 2014 and was again the first woman to head DARE
  • She was awarded the India Today Woman in Science in 2014.
  • She was part of the Integrated Electronic Warfare cluster of DRDO's Defence Electronics Research Laboratory, (DLRL) Hyderabad for 26 years
  • An alumnus of Osmania University, she is also a practising Electronics and Communications engineer
  • She joined DRDO in 1987
  • A specialist in ESM and ECM systems, which are configuration of Communication and Radar, Manjula has also been accorded DRDO's Scientist of the Year 2011' and 'Performance Excellence' awards.
  • The Army, Navy and the Air Force are using fast signal acquisition receivers, high power RF systems, responsive jammers and controller softwares, all of which have been designed by her.
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