Monday, January 20, 2014

Zahoor Ahmed

Zahoor Ahmed                                                              141 Fourth Cross, DBS Layout,+91 80 28443619                                                       Dr. Shiva ram Karanth NagarP.O.+919483543619 Mobile                                       Bangalore 560077                                                                                                         


23rd August 1943 Born in Coimbatore –the last of the family of ten siblings.
1952-58   High schools in Coimbatore, Pudukkottai and Madras (Chennai)
1959 Passed Pre University Course from Loyola College, Nungambakkam, Chennai and was selected for B. E and got into Guindy- after a month doing B. Sc in Presidency College, Madras. First batch of five-year integrated B. E. Course.
1964 Out of Guindy - accelerated push due to 1962 border trouble   and landed in Electricity Board at Uttiramerur, Chingleput till 1965. Encouraged by  my old roommate R. Ravindran to apply to Indian Institute of Science, Resigned from EB and joined Aeronautics Dept of I.I.Sc. in August 1965 for M. E. in Aircraft Structures.
After completion of M.E.( and also become a better tennis, billiards and bridge player), was selected in the I batch of Management Trainee in Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and posted to Nasik division and worked there in the MiG 21 programmmes  until 1977; and transferred to Bangalore Aircraft Design Bureau till 1986 and then to the Helicopter Design Bureau and Helicopter division from where  retired as Deputy General Manager in 2002.During this sojourn, had the opportunity to work closely with Soviet and later German engineers in various projects. In the last phase of service, was totally immersed in various upgradations of engine, weapon systems, avionics and navigation systems of western and Russian helicopters of the Indian armed forces.
Had a rich extracurricular life – what with composing crosswords for a local weekly ; playing serious bridge and representing the state at the nationals for more than 10 years and being state level champion ; and also translating Russian technical literature to English for  a lot of concerns.

Married in 1970 to Abida from Malaysia  and blessed with  two daughters ( one a M.E. in computer Science   in Bangalore and the other selling computer  products in Dubai)married and with two children each; and  a son , who , after B.E    from  NIT, Trichy, and M.E. from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore,  did his  Ph. D in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and  worked in Texas Instruments at Dallas , Texas. During our visit to the stat in 2008, was involved in a serious  motor accident on the freeway in Dallas, in which both my wife and son lost their lives and I was seriously injured and spent nearly eighty days in hospital and rehabilitation centre and returned to Bangalore , where I am staying ever since.

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