Dr. M. Lalithambika is the former Director and Senior Scientist of IRTC. She retired as the Deputy Director of CSIR-NIIST. She has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur and is also an expert in Analytical Chemistry. She is an eminent contributor in the field of Clay Science & Ceramic Technology in India. Her involvements in the sector of pottery brought drastic changes in the life of many who depends on it.