COMMODORE (DR) R K RANA Commodore (Dr) Rakesh Kumar Rana was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 01 Aug 1979. He completed his post graduation from Royal Naval Engineering College, UK and thereafter pursued his PhD degree at IIT, Madras in Jul 96. He served in a variety of organizations in the Navy encompassing training, research, dockyard, staff, design of warships, indigenous products development and onboard ships, during a long and illustrious career spanning more than 33+ years. He was awarded Commendations by the Director and Dean twice at IAT Pune in 1986/87 and by CNS in 1992 for his pioneering contribution in the field of marine engineering training & research and marinization of Kaveri gas turbine at GTRE respectively. The officer has more than 53 technical publications on various marine engineering and other associated subjects to his credit and has been invited as a Patron and Session Chairman during International Naval Engineering Conferences, World Maritime Technology Conference, Engine as a Weapon Symposium, since 2004. He is a member of The American Society of Naval Engineers, USA; Fellow of The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, UK and has been granted a status of Chartered Engineer by The Engineering Council, UK. Just prior to premature retirement, Commodore (Dr) Rana, served as Principal Director at Integrated Headquarter, Ministry of Defence (Navy), New Delhi, where he was entrusted with the responsibility of the Indian Navy’s indigenous development programme after a long stint in the premier warship design organisation of Navy, where he contributed immensely in the marine engineering systems design of the first indigenous aircraft carrier, corvette and other warships. As Principal Director of Indigenisation, he successfully steered indigenous naval product development covering the complete spectrum of commercial, technical, contractual and project management activities from tender stage to prototype testing as well as overseeing the Directorate’s role as the Navy’s nodal agency coordinating with all stakeholders to achieve maximum self reliance viz. Government, Industry, R&D organisations and Academia. An accomplished speaker, his innovative suggestions have been appreciated at the highest levels in the MoD as well as in various industry and academia forums. Based on his depth and breadth of experience, he was selected as a member of the core team auditing the design of diesel engines developed by two foreign firms for DRDO’s futuristic Armoured Fighting Vehicles. After taking premature retirement from the Navy, he joined Lloyd’s Register, the oldest Classification Society, where he (for more than 3-1/2 years) helped the company in strategizing and developing new business opportunities in the Navies, Coast Guard, Army and other Government agencies, in South Asian countries of India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Brunei He has been recently appointed as Honorary Senior Advisor at Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. This is a Pro bono position.