Who: J Manjula
What: Appointed as Director-General of DRDO
When: 9 September 2015
J Manjula was on 9 September 2015 appointed as the Director-General of the Electronics and Communication Systems cluster of Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO). With this, Manjula became the first woman DG of DRDO.
An alumna of the Osmania University and an electronics and communications engineer, Manjula was the first woman Director of the DRDO’s Defence Avionics Research Establishment (DARE).
She had a brief stint in Electronics Corporation of India Ltd before joining DRDO in 1987. Later, she worked with the Integrated Electronic Warfare cluster of DRDO’s Defence Electronics Research Laboratory, Hyderabad for 26 years.
She has designed fast signal acquisition receivers, high power RF systems, responsive jammers and controller software for various systems that were inducted in Army, Navy, Air Force and Paramilitary. Her specialisations include configuration of Communication and Radar ESM and ECM systems.
For her accomplishments, she was given the India Today Woman Summit award for 2014. She is also a recipient of DRDO’s Scientist of the Year 2011 and Performance Excellence awards.