Dr. Vinay Kumar Dadhwal
Fellow, Elected 2008

Born in Delhi, India on 9 April 1957. Educated at Andhra Education Society Higher Secondary School, New Delhi, 1963-1973, Hansraj College, Delhi 1973-76, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi 1976-1983. B.Sc. (Hons.) 1976; M.Sc. 1978; Ph.D. 1983.

Director and Chairman, Board of Management, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST), Thiruvananthapuram, 2016 to date.

Scientist/Engineer SC through SF 1983-1998, and Head, Crop Inventory & Modelling Division, 1998-2004, Space Applications Centre (Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO), Ahmedabad; Dean, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun, 2004-10; Concurrently, Deputy Director 2005-06, Director-in-Charge 2005-06, 2009-10 of UN Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTE-AP), Dehradun; Associate Director, National Remote Sensing Centre(NRSC),ISRO, Hyderabad, 2010-11; Distinguished Scientist & Director, NRSC, 2011-2016

Awards/Honours: ISCA Young Scientist Award, 1987; INSA Young Scientist Medal, 1989; Indian National Remote Sensing Award of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS), 1999; Hari Om Ashram Prerit Dr Vikram Sarabhai Award of Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), 1999; ISRO-Astronautical Society of India Award 2005; ISRO Merit Award, 2006; Satish Dhawan Award, ISRS, 2012; Bhaskara Award, ISRS 2013;ISRO Outstanding Contribution Award, 2016. Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Remote Sensing, 2011 to date ; President, International Society of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Technical Commission VIII (2012-2016); President, Indian Society of Remote Sensing, 2012-14; Vice President, 2011-12 and President, 2012-13, Indian National Cartographic Association (INCA), Chair, STC of UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS), 2016, UNOSA, Vienna.

Fellow: International Academy of Astronautics; Indian Society of Remote Sensing (2014), Indian Meteorological Society (2017)

Research Areas: Crop modeling, Remote Sensing Applications in Agriculture, Terrestrial Carbon Cycle, Land Cover Land Use Change Modelling, Land Surface Processes

Address: Director, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, (Dept. of Space, Govt. of India), Valiamala, Thiruvananthapuram 695547, Kerala; TC 85/75, Palkulangara Road, Pettah, Thiruvananthapuram ; [Tel: Off. (0471) 256842; Cell: 9652110003; Fax: (0471) 2568401; Email: dadhwalvk@hotmail.com]