Dr Gokhale did his B Tech in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT Bombay in 1978, and M S and Ph D in Metallurgical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh, USA in 1980 and 1985, respectively. He served in DRDO for 30 years, retiring as Distinguished Scientist and Director, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad in July 2015. At DMRL, he led research on aluminium lithium alloys for aerospace applications, aluminium alloy components for torpedoes, crash resistant aluminium foams, additive manufacturing of Ni based superalloys, and other very high temperature materials for hypersonic vehicles. In August 2015, he was re-employed as Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in IIT Bombay, where he teaches courses on “Processing of Aerospace Materials” and “Structural Materials”. He is pursuing research in processing and oxidation behaviour of high temperature niobium alloys for rocket applications; studies on shock loaded foams, honeycombs and sandwich structures; damage assisted machining of Ni base superalloys, etc.
He has been a Life Member of IIM from 1993 and has taken part in the organisation of many IIM events at the Chapter level and at the national level. He was a member of the examination committee for 4 years in the 1990s. He was the Convener of NMD ATM 2011 held at Hyderabad. He was Vice Chairman and Chairman of IIM Hyderabad Chapter for four and two years, respectively. He was the Chairman of the International Symposium on Light Weighting held at BITS Goa as part of NMD ATM 2017 and edited a book on the same subject published by Springer Publishers. He helped streamline IIM HO administrative procedures. Leading a team of six, he played a crucial role in the creation of a package of 10 short term courses to be offered by the Institute. He also prepared the revised NMD Award Scheme proposal for the Ministry of Steel, which is under consideration.
He has been the recipient of several awards from the University of Pittsburgh, DRDO, National Research and Development Corporation and the Indian Institute of Metals, and is a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He has been serving on the NITI Aayog committee on Rare Earth Permanent Magnets (where the recommendations were recently accepted for indigenisation of rare earth metals technology), Ministry of Defence committee on Strategic Materials Policy, Science and Engineering Research Board, various committees of Indian National Academy of Engineering, and Board of Governors of National Institute for Foundry and Forge Technology etc. He is the Chairman of the Research Council of National Metallurgical Laboratory Jamshedpur and the Chairman of the Steering Committee of Aeronautical Research and Development Board, DRDO since January 2017.
He was the Vice-President of IIM since 2017 and has been appointed as the President from 1st August 2020 for a period of one year.