Dr. Kumar Krishen

Dr. Kumar Krishen

Chief Technologist, NASA | Vice President - Innovation, RD Engineering College

Dr. Krishen has served as Innovation Champion and ST/ Chief Technologist for NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) and represented JSC as the Principal Technologist on the NASA Council on Science and Technology.  Dr. Krishen served at Virginia Tech as University Fellow for Technology Transfer, Office of Special Initiatives, and Visiting Professor on a special NASA assignment.  He has also served as Adjunct Professor at Rice University. Dr. Krishen’s academic degrees are from Kansas State University (Ph.D. and M.S.-Phi Kappa Phi, Eta Kappa Nu & Sigma Xi honors), Calcutta University (M. Tech and B. Tech- Gold &   Silver Medals), and Jammu and Kashmir University (B.A.- Highest Univ. Merit) in electronics, electrical engineering, radio physics, physics, and mathematics.

Dr. Krishen received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in September 2018 recognizing his exceptional and sustained service to NASA and the United States in the realm of technological advancements in support of Human Spaceflight.  

Authoring more than 170 technical papers/reports/proceedings, Dr. Krishen is a Fellow of the Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS), Fellow and Distinguished Speaker of the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers, and an Assoc. Fellow of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).


I congratulate all the students for choosing RD Engineering College for their education.  Here we are a Team of administrators, faculty, management, and students, focused on making vidya as our most cherished achievement.  I welcome you as members of this Team.  You are the most important part of our Team and making your learning a great experience is our cherished goal at RD Engineering College .

We are in what I call the “Age of Innovation.”   The concept of innovation has been a vital component of human progress throughout the history of the species. However, in the recent years, the pace of innovation has increased at a rate that would have been unimaginable only a few decades earlier.  Many factors motivate humans to innovate.  These include a need or desire for new and improved products/processes/services, imagination, ideas, and inspiration.   In addition, there is a desire in some minds to synthesize element technologies, methods, and techniques to realize new or improved performance.  At RD Engineering College, we areinvolved in implementing a culture of innovation and we give students opportunities to contribute to developing a unique learning environment focused on innovation in all areas of science, engineering, technology, and management.

For me,  RD Engineering College is special as it emphasizes the need for the discipline of mind and body, in addition to, research and learning.  I feel that I am at home away from home when I am at RD Engineering College.  I plan to take time to have conversations with you about technical, as well ashuman development topics.

Again, a warm welcome from me!