Electronics Packaging: MEMS Pressure Transducers for Aerospace application - A case study
Manjunatha Nayak received D.IISc .and Ph.D.(Engg) degrees in Electronic Design Technology and Instrumentation respectively from IISc Bangalore prior to his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from BMS College of Engineering Bangalore. He was awarded the Ph.D. degree of IISc for his thesis on "Sputtered Thin Film Strain Gauges & Pressure Transducer" in the year 1994. Subsequently he carried out his Post doctoral research in Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) at University of DELFT & TWENTE - Netherlands under INSA Invitation fellowship programme , and at Toyohashi University, Japan under JSPS fellowship.
He served in ISRO, Dept. of Space for nearly 40 years since 1971 in various capacities. Since then he has grown professionally from Technical Assistant to Scientist/Engineer 'H' and held dual positions as Deputy Director, Semi-Conductor Laboratory, Chandigarh and Director, Launch Vehicle Programme Office, ISRO HQ Bangalore. During his 39 years of service at Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) he has developed and productionised space qualified Pressure Transducers for PSLV, GSLV, gsLV M3, IRS, INSAT, Chandrayaan missions. The Ultrasonic liquid level sensors, depletion sensors and Temperature Sensors for the Launch vehicle programmes of ISRO, Digital Pressure Sensors for Automatic weather stations & Tsunami warning System were developed under his leadership and guidance. He was also responsible for realisation and export of about 8000 nos. of space qualified pressure transducers to European Space Programme, 25 nos. of High out-put Transducers to USA and supply of more than 30000 nos of Transducers to ISRO programmes. Various MEMS Sensors were designed, developed and fabricated with his guidance at SCL for Automotive, Radio Sonde, wind tunnel and Shock tube applications.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to ISRO's programmatic activities in various capacities, he was awarded ISRO MERIT Award in 2008. He has also received several other awards for his academic excellence. The best paper award in NSI-1989, SEP France Vikas Agreement Completion award in 1989, NRDC award in 1985, NPE- 1984 special award, Kirloskar Electric company best student award and Recently recipient of Gandhian Technological Innovation Award 2018 from President of India for Graphene based Body warmers for defense & Medical Applications along with his research Student and Co-guides are only a few examples of such recognitions. He has more than 81 publications in refereed international journals, 9 patents and guided 10 Ph.D Research students, more than 100 graduate and post graduate Engineering students. Superannuated from ISRO in June 2011, currently he is a Emeritus Professor at Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, IISc, Bangalore, further pursuing his research activities in MEMS and Sensors for defense and Aerospace application.