National Institute of Ocean Technology
Ministry of Earth Sciences

Dr.M.A.Atmanand has 34 years of experience in field of ocean technology and retired as the Director of National Institute of Ocean Technology Chennai. He was elected as Chair of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Regional Committee for the Central Indian Ocean (IOCINDIO) of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.He is member of the Executive Planning Group for preparation of UN Decade of Ocean Science for sustainable development (2012-2030) of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.

An Instrumentation and Control Engineer by profession, he took his undergraduate degree from University of Calicut, Master’s and doctorate degrees from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India. He has done pioneering work in the area of deep sea technologies in India. He led a team of Engineers for the design and development of underwater crawler for deep sea operation. He and his team developed the in-situ soil tester which was tested at a depth of 5200 m in the Central Indian Ocean Basin. Dr. Atmanand has taken this challenge further to design and implement a work class Remotely Operable Vehicle (ROV) that can be used for assisting the mining operations, gas hydrates site for validation of presence of methane, pipeline inspection etc. This was later tested at a depth of 5289 m water depth. It was under his supervision that India's first Polar under water mooring observatory and Polar Remotely Operable Vehicle (PROV) was developed and tested. The mooring was established at Kongsfjorden in Arctic region. The Polar ROV was tested successfully at the Priyadarshini lake at Antarctica. He has also guided various indigenization programmes for Ocean observation and under water systems. His areas of interest include

  • Development of underwater vehicles with specific reference to their control

  • Development of newer Ocean Observation systems

  • Development of components for deep sea applications

  • Development of test protocols for testing of deep sea devices

  • Blue Economy

  • Project Management

Some of the areas he contributed are :

  • Technologies for the extraction of Poly Metallic Nodules from deep sea, to retain ‘pioneer investor’ status for India, granted by International Sea Bed Authority of United Nations

  • Development of Power and Control Systems for deep water Submersibles for depths up to 6000 meters.

  • Development of allied technologies for Underwater vehicles, which have become mainstay all such projects in India

  • Power Generation modules for wave Energy and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)

  • Development of underwater Systems and components like motor, fibre optic connectors etc.

  • Establishment of electronic support facilities and tsunami early warning systems

Dr.M.A.Atmanand has published more than 146 papers including International Journals, International conferences, Book chapter, National Conference and others.He has delivered more than 300 invited lectures in conferences. He is Chair of IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society Technology committee on Cables and Connectors. He is the founder Chair of IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society in India. He has also served IEEE Madras Section in various capacities. He has widely travelled in capacities like technology transfer, as part of delegations etc. to countries like France, Russia, USA, UK, Germany, Portugal, Korea, Japan, Mauritius, Malaysia, Indonesia etc.


  • 34 years of experience in the field of Ocean Science and Technology

  • March 1997 to September 2020 in National Institute of Ocean Technology Chennai India, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India

  • February 1985 to March 1997 at Fluid Control Research Institute,Palghat, Kerala, India, Ministry of Heavy Industries, Govt. of India