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SAMEER Profile for Dr. P. Hanumantha Rao, Director General

Dr. Hanumantha Rao received his PhD from The Queen’s university, Belfast, UK, M.S. from BITS, Pilani and B.Tech. from SV University, India. He has more than 34 years of experience in Research and Development in RF, microwaves and mm-wave technologies for strategic and civilian sectors.

He has been working in SAMEER for the past 32 years after a brief stay at Space Applications Centre SAC (ISRO), Ahmedabad. As a scientist, in the initial part of his career and later as a senior member of the organisation, he has been actively involved in the implementation of various future driven next generation technologies for both strategic and societal applications for DRDO, MeitY and DoT. He has been part of multi-institute (IITM, IITB, IITD, IITK, IITH, IISc, CEWiT and SAMEER) collaborative research towards the development of Indigenous 5G solutions. He was part of 5G team and, demonstrated for the first time in India, a fully functional MIMO and Massive MIMO systems at sub 6-GHz band, and integrated mm-wave Tiled Phased array antennas. He was instrumental in building indigenous technologies, R&D facilities and executed various strategic projects to address the denied technologies to India. He actively participates in developing Indian standards for 5G and represented India at ITU global meetings. He contributed towards SoC, SoP and implemented Electromagnetic Band Gaps (EBG) and Metamaterial configurations in collaboration with Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA.

As a member of high-level committees at national level in driving the technology programs for India, he facilitated collaborative research between SAMEER-Academia and industry, both at national and international levels. He actively contributes in capacity building in terms of lectures, workshops and symposia and mentored number of scientific teams at various levels. He has guided more than 50 M.Tech. /MS students along with 11 PhDs.  He is a member of Doctoral Committees for various IITs, NITs and reputed Indian universities. He created SAMEER-Academia interaction with various premier IITs and NITs.

Most of his work has been published in highly referred journals. Some of his publications are the most referred / popular articles for a long period in IEEE. He has more than 120 publications in IEEE/IEE/John Wiley and referred journals and conferences.

His current research areas include 6G solutions, intelligent reflecting surfaces, UAV detection and deactivation, Spectrum studies and RF SoC and Tiled Phased arrays systems.

 Awards & Recognitions

His paper “A multiband, multi polarization shared aperture antennas: Design and simulation” was IEEE Most popular paper: IEEE-AP magazine August 2017, and Popular paper Sept 2017-March2018.

 Awarded IEEE Best paper @ International Conference IEEE INCEMIC-2008

 He is a member of Apex Body for DYSL –CT (DRDO) on Cognitive Technologies

 Member  5G Implementation and Review group (MeitY) and Member Technology Innovation Group (TIG) for 6G (DoT)

 IEEE Distinguished Lecturer (DL) /Speaker for Asia Pacific Region 2015 and 2016 (IEEE-AP-S)

 Senior Member IEEE and Life Member SEMCEI and Member TSDSi and Founding co-chair IEEE-AP-S society (India)

 Visiting scientist at Georgia Tech USA 1992 and 2017.

 UNDP Fellow 1992.

 British Commonwealth fellow 1999-2002.