R. C. Mehta obtained his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He has worked as the Head of Aerodynamics Division of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre/Indian Space Research Organization and has participated in the design of launch and reentry vehicles. He has served as a Senior Fellow in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Flow Physics Society of India. He is a senior member of AIAA, has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed national and international journals, five book chapters, and co-authored two books. He is a reviewer for many international journals and is presently Dean in the Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education, Kumaracoil, India.