PhD (Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata)
Joined NIAS on 14th May 2008
Dr Lalitha Sundaresan has a doctorate from the Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata where her work was on digital processing of multi-satellite data. She was a scientist at the Indian Space Research Organization where she carried out studies to evaluate the usefulness of satellite remote sensing for monitoring natural resources, and natural disasters with special reference to India. She worked as a Principal Scientific Officer at the Department of Science and Technology, India. While at DST, she was involved with the setting up of Natural Resources Data Base centers in the districts of Karnataka. Together with IIT, Bombay, she was also involved in the development of the indigenous Geographical Information Software (GIS). Coordinated training programs given by DST on the use of NRDMS and GIS for development planning.
Lalitha has also taught Mathematics and Statistics at secondary and tertiary levels. Her recent works include the analysis of measurement errors in missile images obtained from open sources and the resulting impact of these errors on missile performance. She has also studied the Chinese university / research institution network and collaboration on superalloys, as a critical part of the micro-level case study of Chinese capabilities in turbofan engine technology.