Industry Day: Interview with Dr. Mayank Dwivedi

Dr. Mayank Dwivedi Director, Directorate of Industry Interface & Technology Management, DRDO, has an expertise in the areas of processing and structure-property relationship of advanced composites. He has contributed on indigenization of high temperature resins systems and development of airframes. The major projects he has worked on are Agni missile, Brahmos missile, warhead technologies and biomechanical devices. He has worked in the area of identification and development of counter insurgency technologies and products. He has authored two books on nanotechnology and is the recipient of Lab scientist of the year award in DRDO in 2003. As a keynote speaker on Defence, he will, besides other issues highlight how R&D in Defence can influence the outcome of industrial growth. In an interview Dr. Dwivedi talks about the need to spruce up academia-industry collaboration.

How do you see events like Industry Day forge better academia-industry collaborations?


Events like Industry Day provides an apt interactive platform for professionals from industry, R&D organisations and academia to forge the way ahead for necessary R&D efforts and reinforce manufacturing sectors. This provides a complete spectrum of activities in manufacturing sector and R&D and this in turns helps in plugging the technology gaps in manufacturing sector for better self reliance.


Please give a brief about the subject on which you will be talking.


The role of Defence in R&D in manufacturing sector is very important. I will be talking on how the Defence R&D influences the outcome of industrial growth primarily in Defence sector and also in commercial market. The process of R&D in DRDO and its impact on industries will be also underlined.


In the field of Defence specifically what are the major challenges in collaboration with academia? How can these be overcome?


Of late, there have not been many challenges while collaborating with academia. The processes have been evolved mutually to bring out definite outcome with the collaborative R&D work. However, a special emphasis, needs to be given by the academia in collaborative R&D on development of hardware leading to production. The funding agencies have to also expedite their processes to provide resources to academia. There is a need for enhanced interaction between Defence and academia and an exchange of manpower to understand each others needs.


How do you see the academia helping the industry in technological intervention or CSR initiatives with reference to Defence?


Most of the S&T and design activities of industries should be supported by academia. The scientific data, test results, simulation data, modeling, etc provided by academia are very important for product design and development.