Dr. Venkatachalam (Chandra) has extensive experience in radar system design, radar network development, DSP design, and RF communication systems and has made pioneering contributions in the area of polarimetric radar observations in the atmosphere. He has also contributed significantly to the areas of weather radar and its applications to atmospheric sciences. He also conducts research on related topics including image processing, neural network applications, and large scale system simulation.
He has organized and participated in six large multi-agency, national level experiments involving many radars, aircraft and ground instrumentation. He is an avid experimentalist conducting special experiments to collect in-situ observations to verify the new techniques and technologies.
Dr. Chandra is co-author of two textbooks, Polarimetric and Doppler Weather Radar (by Cambridge University Press) and Probability and Random Processes (by McGraw Hill). He has been a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on several national-level programs such as the Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS) program at CSU, DARPA NGI program, CSU-CHILL radar facility, the current NASA TRMM mission, and the future NASA GPM mission.