KNVyasMumbai. 24 February,2016.  Dr.KN Vyas, Distinguished Scientist and Associate Director, Reactor Projects Group of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) took over February 23 as Director, BARC from Dr Sekhar Basu, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India.

Graduated from the BARC Training School, Vyas joined Fuel Design & Development Section, Reactor Engineering Division of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. During the past 36 years, Vyas has gained a vast experience in design and analysis of nuclear reactor fuels.

Subsequently, as Head, Reactor Projects Division, he has also worked for design and analysis of reactor systems. He has worked extensively in thermal hydraulics and stress analysis of critical reactor core components. Mr Vyas has also participated in design & analysis of the Test Blanket Module planned to be installed in ITER, France.

He has been conferred several awards, which include Indian Nuclear Society Outstanding Service Award 2011, Homi Bhabha Science and Technology Award 2006, DAE Awards in the years 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013. He is also a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineers.