Dr. Mohan Varma

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Email - mohanvarma@bitmesra.ac.in
Phone - 0651-2275444 Ext 443

Personal details

Professor and Head , Space Engineering and Rocketry 
Ph.D. (BIT Mesra)


Dr. Mohan Varma, received his Ph.D. Degree in the field of Propellant Technology and Combustion from Birla Institute of Technology, Ranchi in 1987. He joined the Department of Space Engineering and Rocketry in 1984 as Lecturer and rose to become a Professor in 1996.  He has been a Visiting Professor to DLR, Lampoldshausen, Germany.  He has worked on several Grants-in-aid R & D projects funded by premier sponsoring agencies. He has also guided several Ph.D. and M.E./M.Tech. students in emerging areas of technology. Dr. Varma has visited leading laboratories in the field of High Energy Materials, Rocket Propulsion and allied areas in India and abroad and delivered invited lectures at premier Institutions and Universities. He has also served on several distinguished academic bodies and as a reviewer for International and National Journals. 

He is a Fellow of several professional bodies and a Life Member of High Energy Materials Society of India. He is the recipient of the first Dalmia HEMSI Award, Best R & D Project Award of AICTE, Technology Day Award of Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India etc. He has also received Distinguished Alumnus Award, IIME UK Best Paper Award and Shiksha Ratna Award. Professor Varma has been conferred with the Life Time Recognition for Distinguished Contributions in Propulsion Sciences & Technologies by Korean Society of Propulsion Engineers, Republic of Korea. He also has vast administrative experience as Controller of Examination, Dean Doctoral Research, Dean Post Graduate Programs, Director BIT International Centre, Muscat. Presently, he is serving as Head of Department of Space Engineering & Rocketry at BIT, Ranchi.

Research Interests

Gel Propellant Technology

Our work is the first comprehensive work in the world that demonstrated the feasibility of Gel Propulsion System covering all key elements from formulation & preparation, mechanism, performance, ignition & combustion and rheological characterization and Non- Newtonian flow behavior.

Received Dalmiya-HEMSI Award 2003 in recognition


High Energy Materials and Combustion

We have developed high energy materials and eco-friendly propellant systems for rocket propulsion application. Combustion research has proposed mechanisms for virgin and metalized propellant systems using advanced tools like simultaneous thermal analyzer and flame characteristics.

Received Distinguished Contributions Citation in Propulsion Sciences &Technologies, KSPE, Republic of Korea2012.


Other research interests are given below:

  1. Development of novel hybrid and gelled propellants.
  2. Hypergolic ignition and combustion studies on gelled, liquid and hybrid propellant systems.
  3. Performance evaluation studies on newly developed fuels, metallized fuel systems etc. using computers.
  4. Thermal decomposition Studies on fuels, oxidizers, solid propellants and catalyzed propellants.
  5. Development of high energy gelled propellant systems suitable for zero-gravity applications
  6. Rheological studies on gelled fuels, metallized fuels and gelled oxidizer systems and their characterization.
  7. Development of Rocket Combustion Lab. and Rocket Propulsion Laboratory.
  8. Research and Development on Eco-friendly HTPB- AN based composite solid propellants.
  9. Laser Induced Ignition and Combustion
  10. Nano-catalytic Combustion of Composite Solid Propellants
  11. Atomization of Gel Propellants


Awards and Recognitions

  1. Dalmiya-HEMSI Award 2003 for Outstanding Research in the field of High Energy Materials presented by Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister, Govt. of India
  2. AICTE Best Project Award 2004 presented by the Minister of Science & Technology, Govt. of India
  3. Technology Day Award 2004 given by H.E. Dr. Abdul Kalam, the President of India
  4. Distinguished Alumnus Award 2005 presented by the Chairman, Board of Governors, Bareilly College, (Rohilkhand University).
  5. IIME Best Paper Award 2006 presented by the President of the Mineral Engineers’ Society,UK
  6. IIME (India) Best Paper Award 2007 presented by the President of the Indian Institute of Mineral Engineers,India
  7. Silver Medal for Expert Lecture at Research Centre of High Energy Systems at Tomsk State University, Russia, 2007 presented by The Rector,TSU.
  8. Shiksha Ratna Puraskar (Outstanding Educationist Award) 2008 presented by the Secretary General of India International Society, New Delhi
  9. Citation of Recognition 2012 (For Distinguished Contributions in Propulsion Sciences & Technologies) presented by Korean Society of Propulsion Engineers, Republic of Korea.


Academic Distinctions

    • Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, USA,2005-2006
    • Visiting Professor to DLR (German Aerospace Centre) Lampoldshausen, Germany, 2006
    • Invitee to Expert Lecture Series on Aerospace Propulsion at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 2006
    • Invitee for Expert Lecture at Tomsk State University, Russia, 2007
    • Expert Invitee at 7th International Symposium on Special Topics in Chemical Propulsion at Kyoto, Japan, 2007.
    • Expert Invitee at 9th International Symposium on  Special  Topics  in Chemical Propulsion Meet at Quebec, Canada, 2012.
    • Other recognitions:
    1. Biography and achievements have been included in numerous International and National compilations by reputed publishers in India and abroad
    2. Member Board of Governors, BIT, Ranchi,2010
    3. Reviewer for Journal of Energetic Materials, Taylor & Francis USA
    4. Reviewer for Journal of Hazardous Materials, Elsevier
    5. Reviewer for Defence Science Journal, DRDO Publication,India
    6. Reviewer for International Journal of Energetic Materials and Chemical Propulsion 2013
    7. Chaired Technical Sessions in Several National andInternational Conferences and Seminars.
    8. Delivered invited Expert Lectures and presentations at premier academic and research institutions like IISc.,VSSC, DRDL, HEMRL, SMIT, AICTE Summer School etc. in India and universities/professional bodies in USA, Russia, Germany, Italy, Japan and Korea etc.
    9. National Advisory Committee Member, 24th National Conference on I.C. Engines and Combustion, 2015.
    10. Served as Chairman/Member/Expert/Examiner of several academic/administrative committees at BIT and other institutions.


Membership of Professional Bodies

  • National Executive Council Member of High Energy Materials Society of India 2007-2009
  • Life Member of High Energy Materials Society of India 2002
  • Fellow Indian Chemical Society 2001
  • Fellow Institution of Chemists (I) 1997
  • Member Astronautical Society of India 1994
  • Life Member Indian Society for Technical Education 1991
  • Life Member Combustion Institute Pittsburgh USA, India Chapter 2016.