Professor Satyanarayan R. Chakravarthy received his Bachelor of Technology in Aerospace Engineering in 1991 from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, Chennai, India. He then went on to receive his Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 1992 and 1995 respectively.

He served as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Georgia Tech during 1996-97 and as Visiting Faculty at the Department of Aerospace Engineering at IIT Madras during 1997-98, before permanently joining the latter department in 1998 as Assistant Professor. He is a Professor there since 2009. Professor Chakravarthy’s interests lie in the field of energy and combustion, covering aspects of solid propellants, combustion dynamics, laser diagnostics and spray characterization.

Prof. Satya Chakravarthy is coordinating the National Centre for Combustion Research and Development (NCCRD) established by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, since 2011, and also the Centre of Propulsion Technologies being established with the support of the Defense Research and Development Organization, Government of India. He has over 75 publications in international journals and 230 papers in international/national conferences. He has won the Young Engineer Award from the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2003, Young Faculty Recognition Award from IIT Madras in 2009, DRDO Academic Excellence Award in 2009, Dalmia-HEMSI-ACHREM Award in High Energy Materials in 2010. He is a member of the editorial board of the Progress in Energy and Combustion Science journal for 2015-18. HeĀ  also served as a colloquium co-chair on Solid Fuels Combustion at the 37th International Symposium on Combustion at Dublin, Ireland in July 2018.