Amrita School of Arts and Sciences, Kochi
Dr.Valsa. B, Deputy Director of Systems Reliability Entity of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre is an outstanding Scientist, who started her career in VSSC in the year 1985. She is responsible for the Quality and Reliability of all ISRO launch Vehicles launched by ISRO. Under her leadership the Quality and Reliability of PSLV, GSLV, GSLV Mk III and Reusable Launch Vehicle has been assessed and cleared for flight.
She is leading a team of 230 Engineers working in all disciplines like – Mechanical, Chemical, Electronics and Software systems of the Launch Vehicle. She has also significantly contributed in the Mars Mission where the software for a payload MENCA which studied the atmosphere contents of Mars, was reviewed and cleared by Dr. Valsa B. Her role in ensuring the Quality of PSLV C37 which launched a record 104 satellites without any flaw was a remarkable effort in her career.
Dr.Valsa also served as the Group Director of Software Quality Assurance Group. She had been a core team member of the Quality management systems, responsible for successfully certifying the centre to ISO:9001 over the different versions. She was also the Management Representative of VSSC for about 4 years, and was leading a team of about 130 auditors and organised two internal audits and two external audits every year.
Dr Valsa B did her BE(Honours) in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Madras University followed by M.Tech in VLSI Technology from IIT, Madras . Her PhD was in Computer Science from Kerala University.
Dr Valsa B is honoured by several awards. To mention a few is IEEE Outstanding Woman Engineer Award (2019), India Today Woman Scientist of the year 2017award, Achievement Award for year 2017 from Delhi Commission for Women, Leader of Team excellence award for achieving Zero Defects in ISRO Space Systems(2016), ISRO Merit Award(2013), She was also selected as one of the candidates for Sthree Sakthi Puraskaram by Asianet TV Channel in 2017.
Dr Valsa B is a member of many Professional bodies like Computer Society of India (CSI), Systems Society of India, Aeronautical Society of India etc. She has also held positions like Chairperson of CSI, President of VSSC Women Employees’ Benevolent Forum. Currently she is the President of Society for Aerospace Quality and Reliability Trivandrum Chapter. She has presented many papers in National and International Conferences.