Recipient of the Padma Shri Award, Shri A. S. Kiran Kumar, is an extremely accomplished space scientist and engineer, with a distinguished career spanning more than four decades in ISRO (including the term as its chairman). His leadership roles in the satellite payload and application domains helped India become a leader in space research. He has led several esteemed space projects sponsored by India and other countries. He is currently a member of the International Academy of Astronautics. We are greatly fortunate to be associated with Shri A. S. Kiran Kumar as a Distinguished Professor.