INAE Monthly E-News Letter Vol. VIII, Issue 1, January 1, 2017


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Message from the President

On the eve of the New Year, I am delighted to express my warmest greetings to all our Fellows, Young Associates and their families and convey my best wishes to each one Read more...

Dr BN Suresh
President, INAE

From the Editor’s Desk

Future of the future
One of the purposes of engineering is to bring changes; changes in the self and the society. One of the objectives of ‘change’ is to make it better. What we can do to better the image of INAE? We can do many things, lik Read more...

Purnendu Ghosh
Chief Editor of Publications

 Editorial Board, INAE
Academy News
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Dr Purnendu Ghosh

Dr Baldev Raj

Dr K V Raghavan

Dr Sanak Mishra

Prof. Indranil Manna

Prof BS Murty

Prof Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay

Prof Pradip Dutta

Prof Manoj K Tiwari

Prof Sanjay Mittal

Prof Prasun K Roy

Brig Rajan Minocha

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Message from the President

On the eve of the New Year, I am delighted to express my warmest greetings to all our Fellows, Young Associates and their families and convey my best wishes to each one for a very happy, healthy, successful and productive New Year 2017. It is a matter of pride for us that all our Fellows have made very meaningful contributions during the last one year for the growth of the Academy, both in its activities and outreach. It has indeed helped the Academy in enhancing its visibility and stature in the engineering community, both at national and international levels. I take this opportunity to convey my sincere thanks and gratitude to all of you for your whole hearted support and cooperation.

Some of the major highlights of the year include the Engineers Conclave 2016, held at IIT Madras during Sept 1-3, 2016 which was inaugurated by Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting. The recommendations are being finalized for submission and follow up actions with the concerned Government Departments/agencies. A high level meeting was organized by the INAE, with the presence of the top executives from R&D, Academia and Industry to discuss various aspects of the realization of Regional Transport Civil Aircraft in the Country and to suggest a suitable mechanism for the same. I am happy to inform that we are able to converge on a possible mechanism for its realization and the recommendations have been finalized which will be shortly submitted to the concerned Government agencies in the Country.

INAE has been continuously striving to reach out to policy makers and in this connection several initiatives have been taken. The INAE-DST Consultative Committee has been constituted and has been meeting quarterly with the main aim of discussing and aligning the activities undertaken by INAE with the thrust areas of the Govt. of India. Similarly, the office of the Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to Govt. of India requested INAE to suggest suitable experts to interact with the Ministry of Commerce on specific areas, particularly for increasing the export of engineering products for enhancing their quality and reducing the costs. Two such interactive meetings have been held so far on the topics of Industrial Valves and Electric Motors in which INAE Fellows and other experts participated.

One of the important initiatives of INAE, at the behest of DST is to undertake the study on Clean Coal Technologies addressing the present status, the gap areas and the thrust research areas needed, which can be funded by the Government. Accordingly, INAE conducted two such meetings with the experts from all over the Country and deliberated in detail addressing all issues on Clean Coal Technologies relevant to the country. The outcome of these efforts is the identification of eleven research proposals covering various aspects of Clean Coal technologies and they have been submitted to DST for consideration during a recent meeting.

INAE has recently launched a quarterly journal “INAE Letters” published by M/s Springer with the objective of providing a medium for the rapid publication of new research results and also invited short review articles across different domains of engineering and technology. The first issue of the Research Journal “INAE Letters” was released by the Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting on Sep 1, 2016 at IIT Madras, Chennai, during the Engineers Conclave 2016. Two issues of the Journal have been brought out so far and I seek your active contributions for the sustained continuity of the journal.

INAE Expert Pool was created with the aim of identifying domain experts in various disciplines of engineering. There has been an overwhelming response from the Fellows and Young Associates in uploading their particulars on the INAE Expert Pool website and many of the Government agencies have expressed their willingness to utilize our Expert Pool for many of their initiatives. There is also a constant endeavour to seek the involvement of more Fellows in the activities of the Academy. Efforts are on to enhance the participation and involvement of the Sectional Committees. Greater emphasis is given to the Local Chapters and I am pleased to inform you that many of the Chapters have become quite active this year.

The INAE Annual Convention was held on Dec 8-9, 2016 at Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad. The format of the Annual Convention is reshaped to make it more attractive to all our Fellows by introducing Plenary talks, Industry session, meetings of INAE Forums and also Sideline meeting with senior INAE Fellows to discuss the Way Forward for the Academy. This year, the proceedings of CAETS 2015 Convocation on “Pathways to Sustainability: Energy, Mobility and Healthcare Engineering” published by M/s Springer was also released.

It is heartening to note that in all these events a large number of INAE Fellows participated. The success of all major programmes and activities of INAE are attributed to the active involvement and keen interest shown by the Fellows. The knowledge, wisdom and eminence of our Fellows have helped us in achieving the desired goals. On behalf of INAE, I convey my sincere gratitude to all my Fellow colleagues in the Academy for their valuable contributions and look forward to have much greater and meaningful involvement and contributions in the forthcoming events and programmes being planned, this year too. We always welcome your valuable suggestions and look forward to your inputs and contributions to take the Academy to greater heights of excellence.

It is with great pleasure that I once again wish all our Fellows, Young Associates and their families, a very Happy New Year 2017 filled with joy, prosperity, peace, success and outstanding achievements in your future professional pursuits and endeavours.

From the Editor’s Desk

Future of the future
One of the purposes of engineering is to bring changes; changes in the self and the society. One of the objectives of ‘change’ is to make it better. What we can do to better the image of INAE? We can do many things, like, establishing connectivity with the youth, and improving link with the policy makers. When we want to bring a change we ask ourselves all kinds of questions. It is easy to ask questions and also offer theoretical answers, but difficult is the implementation part. Here comes the role of responsibility. We may like to do many things, we may have many capable people to do it, but it is also important that these capable people assume responsibility. Responsibility is much more than popularity contest. ‘Mine and go away’ type of situations do not always serve the purpose. If one wants to make a change, it is important to involve the ones for whom the changes are intended. ‘I am a part of the change’ is an important feeling, be it the youth of the country, or the society at large. Biological hardware is very important, but social software is equally important.

Engineering and technology are the big contributors for the refinement of our everyday thinking. We can deliver, be it to the nation or to the self, only if we involve ourselves. One may ask, can’t a country of 1.2 Billion people get back literally to ‘zero’? Of course it can, if we somewhat dilute our optimism. If in certainty a certain amount of uncertainty is mixed, it leads to better end results. We want to become what we were. We love to say “there was no country like ours, no king like ours, no engineering like ours”, but we lack the spirit and the confidence when we say that. One way is to involve the youth of the country in mainstream engineering. Prepare the young minds and future innovators who fit into the country’s core values. The young generation wants to make a difference, and that is what engineering is all about.

What is the future of our future? Take a look:

Once a mysterious vastness frightened man.
To survive in the harsh world
Man evolved his capacity for thought.
He acquired knowledge of the self.
Man became ‘fully born’, ‘fully awake’ and ‘fully human’.
Man became the ruler of the Earth.
Man now wants to rewrite the code of life.
Some call it ‘insane arrogance’.
Let man be complete using ‘fully’ what he already has.

I wish you all a very happy 2017.

 

ACADEMY ACTIVITIES

INAE Annual Convention
The Annual Convention of the Indian National Academy of Engineering was held on Dec 8-9, 2016 at Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad. The programme of this year’s Annual Convention had a new format, wherein besides the Inaugural Session, technical presentations by newly elected Fellows and Young Engineer Awardees and the Awards Ceremony the following were held.

(a) Two Plenary Talks – one on a technical topic and one on a general topic
(b) Industry Session wherein two young entrepreneurs delivered talks on their start-ups
(c) Sideline meetings to include meetings of two INAE Forums
(d) A meeting of senior INAE Fellows to discuss the Way Forward of the Academy
(e) Release of CAETS 2015 Convocation on “Pathways to Sustainability: Energy, Mobility and Healthcare Engineering” Proceedings published by M/s Springer

The Annual Convention had a participation of 135 Fellows and 20 families besides 3 Foreign Fellows.

Inaugural Session
Mr. Shailendra N. Roy, Chief Executive & Whole-Time Director, Larsen & Toubro Ltd was the Chief Guest and Shri AS Kiran Kumar, Chairman, Space Commission, Chairman, ISRO and Secretary, Department of Space was the Guest of Honour during the Inaugural Session on Dec 8, 2016. Mr. Tapan Misra, Director, Space Applications Centre delivered the Welcome Remarks. Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE delivered the Presidential Address. This was followed by the Address by the Chief Guest, Mr. Shailendra N. Roy and the Guest of Honour, Shri AS Kiran Kumar.

During the Inaugural Session, following were inducted into the Academy by the President, INAE and signed the Admission Register – Shri Senapathy ‘Kris’ Gopalakrishnan, Shri T.V. Narendran, Dr Uday Shankar Agarwal and Prof Cato Thomas Laurencin,

The CAETS 2015 Proceedings published by M/s Springer which contains papers based on the presentations during the CAETS 2015 Convocation on “Pathways to Sustainability: Energy, Mobility and Healthcare Engineering” hosted by INAE at New Delhi on Oct 13-14, 2015; was released by Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE. Dr Purnendu Ghosh, Chief Editor of Publications, INAE gave a brief background of the CAETS Proceedings prior to the release. Brig Rajan Minocha, Executive Director, INAE proposed the Vote of Thanks.

The major scientific and engineering highlights of the Convention were the presentations by newly elected Fellows and Young Engineer Awardees. The presentations were held in two Parallel Sessions on Dec 8-9, 2016. The list of the technical presentations by Fellows and Young Engineers are given below.

Presentations by Newly Elected Fellows on Dec 8-9, 2016

Prof. B Ravi The Golden Spiral: Connecting Education, Research, Development and Application
Dr. C. Ranganayakulu Development of Environmental Control Systems and Compact Heat Exchangers for Aerospace Applications
Mr. NM Dube Extreme Tribology: Exploring Tribology testing for extremely Challenging Applications
Dr. Rahul Mitra Development of composite materials for light-weight and high temperature structural applications
Mr. Vinay V Kulkarni Industrialization of Software Development
Dr. Swades De Protocols and Cross-Layer Optimizations for Green Communication Networks
Mr. Vivek Bhasin R&D in Structural Integrity of Nuclear Components: Large Amplitude Cyclic Loads
Prof. PJ Narayanan Recovering Three Dimensionality from Images
Dr. US Agarwal Innovating in bulk industry
Prof. Baidurya Bhattacharya Origins and Utility of Friction at small scales
Prof. DC Panigrahi Field investigations, modelling and simulation studies for reducing the radiation dose levels in underground uranium mines in India
Dr. P.P. Mohanlal Aerospace Inertial Sensors and Systems: Challenges
Dr. Saptarshi Basu Droplets, Sprays and Flow in combustors: Insights into different spatio-temporal scales
Dr. Ashim Kumar Mukhopadhyay Development and Industrial Scale Production of Structural Aluminium Alloys for Defence Applications
Prof. KVS Hari Experiments in  MIMO Signal Processing 
Dr. R Muralidharan Towards self reliance in high frequency devices
Prof. NS Raghuwanshi Improved Agricultural Water Management Using Information Technology
Mr. BHVS Narayana Murthy Missile Avionics : Design and Challenges
Prof. Yogesh M Joshi Revising a phase behavior of aqueous suspension of Laponite ®
Prof. JB Joshi Direct Numerical Simulation of Multiphase Systems : Applications to Flotation, Cromatographic Separation, Pyrolysis, Biomass Stove, Continuous Cooker, Technologies for CNT, Titanium and New Generation of Atomic Power Reactor
Prof. BG Fernandes Power Electronic based PV solutions for Rural India
Prof. Chandra Venkataraman Short Lived Climate Pollutants: Emissions and Impacts over India
Prof. Sampath Srinivasan Electrochemical Devices:  Sensors and Energy Systems
Dr. Hariharan Ramesh Multi-disciplinary Engineering for Genomic Diagnosis

Presentations by INAE Young Engineer Awardees on Dec 8-9, 2016

Mr. Suresh Kumar Breakthrough development in agricultural tractor Clutch and Driveline systems
Dr. Amartya Mukhopadhyay Correlations between processing conditions, microstructure developments, dimensional aspects and phase transformations on the performance of engineering ceramics in advanced structural and electrochemical energy storage applications.
Dr. DV Pinjari Cavitation Technology: A Sustainable Technology for Environmental Cause
Dr. Santanu Kapat High-Performance, Energy-Efficient, EMI-Aware Mixed-Signal Dynamic Power Management Architectures
Dr. Sudib Kumar Mishra Seismic Vibration Control using Super-elastic Base Isolation
Dr. Manisha B. Padwal Atomization and Combustion of Gelled Propellants
Dr. Chandan Saha Arithmetic circuit complexity: Lower bounds, De-randomization and Reconstruction
Dr. Uday Kumar Reddy B Building Language and Compiler Technology for the Multicore Era

Awards Function on Dec 8 2016
The Grand Award Ceremony was held on the evening of December 8, 2016. Five theses at Doctoral level, Five Theses at Master’s Level and 5 Projects at Bachelor’s Level were conferred the Innovative Student Projects Award. Ten candidates were conferred the INAE Young Engineer Award 2016.

Dr SN Singh, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and Prof SK Sarangi, Director, National Institute of Technology Rourkela were conferred the INAE Outstanding Teachers Award 2016.

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Dr. V. Adimurthy, ISRO Honorary Distinguished Professor and Prof VS Borkar, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay were conferred the Prof Jai Krishna Memorial Award and Prof SN Mitra Memorial Award 2016 respectively.

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Dr PS Goel, Honorary Distinguished Professor, ISRO Hqrs. and Raja Ramanna Chair Visiting Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore and Formerly Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences and Dr VK Aatre, formerly Scientific Adviser to the Raksha Mantri, Director General of Defence Research & Development Organization and Secretary Department of Defence R&D were conferred the Life Time Contribution Award in Engineering 2016.

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Sidelines Meeting held on Dec 8, 2016
A sideline meeting chaired by Dr. PS Goel, Past President, INAE was held on Dec 8, 2016 at SAC, Ahmedabad. The Agenda for the meeting was to discuss the methodology to engage INAE Fellowship in the activities being undertaken with various Ministries/Niti Aayog/PSA Office/TIFAC etc. towards providing technical inputs for engineering interventions in policy formulation.

Meetings of INAE Forums on Dec 8, 2016
Meetings of the INAE Forum on Engineering interventions for Disaster Mitigation Chaired by Dr RK Bhandari and INAE Forum on Indian Landscape of Advanced Structural Materials Chaired by Dr Debashish Bhattacharjee were held on the sidelines of the Annual Convention on Dec 8, 2016 at SAC Ahmedabad.

Annual General Meeting of Fellows on Dec 9, 2016
The 28th Annual General Meeting of Fellows was held on Dec 9, 2016. During the Induction Ceremony, the following were formally admitted into the Academy by the President, INAE and signed the Admission Register.

ES-I Prof. Baidurya Bhattacharya, Shri Mangu Singh
ES-II Mr. Vinay V Kulkarni, Prof. PJ Narayanan
ES-III Dr. Saptarshi Basu, Dr. C. Ranganayakulu, Prof B Ravi, Shri NM Dube
ES-IV Prof JB Joshi, Prof Yogesh M Joshi
ES –V Prof BG Fernandes
ES-VI Dr Neelesh B Mehta, Dr Swades De, Prof KVS Hari, Dr R Muralidharan
ES-VII Dr PP Mohanlal, Mr. BHVS Narayana Murthy, Shri S Somanath
ES-VIII Prof DC Panigrahi, Prof Rahul Mitra
ES-IX Prof Chandra Venkataraman, Shri Vivek Bhasin
ES-X Prof NS Raghuwanshi, Prof Sampat Srinivasan

During the AGM, a Brainstorming Session was held wherein Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE requested the Fellows to give their suggestions. A number of valuable suggestions were received on the methodology for engagement of INAE Fellows for providing inputs to DST, other Government Agencies and Policymakers.

Thereafter, presentations by Conveners of Sectional Committees I, V and IX to present the activities planned during the year 2017 were held.

Session on Plenary Talks on Dec 9, 2016
Two Plenary Talks – one on a technical topic and one on a general topic. Mr. Rakesh Chopra, formerly head of the Kashmir Railway Project, on Zonal Railway and formerly Member Engineering, Railway Board delivered the Plenary Talk on “Challenges in J&K Rail Link” on Dec 9, 2016.  Mr. Gaur Gopal Prabhu of ISKON delivered a general talk on “Ways to Happiness”.

Industry Session held on Dec 9, 2016
During the Industry Session on Dec 9, 2016 lectures were delivered by two Start Up Entrepreneurs viz Prof. Kavi Arya, Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering  Department, IIT Bombay and Shri Parag Naik, CEO Saankhya. Prof Kavi Arya is Principal Investigator of the e-Yantra Project that is popularizing “project based learning” using robotics in engineering colleges. Shri Parag Naik co-founded Saankhya and contributed to the product roadmaps and designing Saankhya architecture.

The Annual Convention ended with an organized tour for all participants on Dec 10, 2016 to Akshardham Temple and Gandhi Ashram.

Opening of Facebook and Twitter Accounts by INAE

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has recommended enhancing Social Media Optimization through creation of Facebook and Twitter accounts. Accordingly a Facebook page and Twitter Handle for INAE have been created. All INAE Fellows are requested to visit the page and post their comments, if any. The Facebook page of INAE can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Indian-National-Academy-of-Engineering/714509531987607?ref=hl and Twitter handle at https://twitter.com/inaehq1

Research Journal -INAE Letters

INAE has recently launched a quarterly journal “INAE Letters” published by M/s Springer. The objective of the journal is to provide a medium for rapid publication of new research results and invited short review articles across different domains of engineering science and technology. The first issue of the Research Journal “INAE Letters” was released by the Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information & Broadcasting on Sep 1, 2016 at IIT Madras, Chennai during the sidelines of the Engineers Conclave 2016. Dr Purnendu Ghosh, Chief Editor of Publications, INAE and Executive Director, Birla Institute for Scientific Research, Jaipur is the Editor-in-Chief of INAE Letters. The website for the Research Journal “INAE Letters” to include facility for submission of papers online has also been launched. The soft copy of the INAE Letters can be viewed at the link http://www.springer.com/engineering/journal/41403

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(L. to R. Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE, Shri Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Secretary, HRD; Hon’ble Minister, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu and Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras during the release of INAE Letters)

Creation of Data for INAE Expert Pool

INAE Expert Pool was created with the aim of identifying domain experts in various disciplines of engineering. There has been a good response from the Fellows and Young Associates in uploading their particulars on the INAE Expert Pool website. The INAE Fellows and Young Associates who have not uploaded their particulars are requested to submit their profile details online at the link http://inae.in/expert-search/index.php/inae-members-form

The details of the INAE expert Pool have since been shared with DST, TIFAC, Niti Aayog and Office of PSA. The creation of the website on Expert Pool has been appreciated by all the agencies and the data would be used by them in identifying suitable domain experts and to involve the experts in their activities.

Important Meetings held during November 2016

  • INAE Apex Committee Meeting on Dec 7, 2016
  • INAE Governing Council Meeting on Dec 7, 2016
  • Meeting of INAE Forum on Engineering Interventions for Disaster Mitigation on Dec 8, 2016
  • Meeting of INAE Forum on Indian Landscape of Advanced Structural Materials on Dec 8, 2016

Academia Industry Interaction
AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professorship Scheme

Industry-academia interactions over technological changes have become essential in recent times so that relevant knowledge that would be sustainable in the changing conditions can be imparted to the students in the engineering institutions. While industries could gain by using the academia’s knowledge base to improve the industry’s cost, quality and global competitive dimensions; thereby reducing dependence on foreign know-how and expenditure on internal R&D, academics benefit by seeing their knowledge and expertise being fruitfully utilized practically and also by strengthening of curricula of educational programs being offered at engineering colleges/institutions. INAE together with All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) launched “AICTE-INAE Distinguished Visiting Professorship Scheme” in 1999. Under this scheme, Industry experts are encouraged to give a few lectures in engineering institutions. This scheme has become popular among industry experts as well as engineering colleges.

Brief details pertaining to recent visits of industry experts under this scheme are given below.

Dr Jayanta Kumar Saha
Deputy General Manager (Applications), Institute for Steel Development & Growth
Indian Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Shibpur
November 15-16, 2016
Delivered lectures on “Use of Stainless Steels and various codal provisions”, “Sheet Metal and different metal coatings wrt Industrial usage”, “Need for Applied Engineering in Metallurgical Engineering” and “Utilisation of Alloy Steels”. Guided Projects, guided research paper which has been accepted in a reputed journal. According to the feedback from the institute the Industry Expert helped students to correlate the applications with theoretical knowledge. He is actively assisting skill development training programme for the final year students to develop an aptitude to serve in the industry.


International Conferences/Seminars being organized by IITs/other Institutions To view a list of International Conferences/Seminars being held in the month of January 2017click here

 

 

Honours and Awards 

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Dr CR Prasad, FNAE, former CMD, GAIL has received the Petrotech 2016 (Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas) Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hon’ble Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitely in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi in the presence of Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas.

 

News of Fellows

1

Prof Ponisseril Somasundaran, FNAE, LaVon Duddleson Krumb Professor of Mineral Engineering at Columbia University has been elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, USA.

2

Prof SN Singh, FNAE, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur has become IEEE Fellow w.e.f. 2017.

3

Prof Debatosh Guha, FNAE, Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta, Kolkata has been elected IEEE Fellow this year.

4

Prof Debabrata Das, FNAE, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur has co-authored a book on “Biohythane: Fuel for the Future” published by M/s. Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd, Singapore.

5

The INAE report “Development of scientific recycling of end of life automobiles in India and the role of research and development”, commissioned by the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of India, and prepared by Captain N S Mohanram, FNAE (Principal Investigator) has started impacting government policy in a desirable direction. Based on the recommendation of the report, the Government is planning to enact an environment friendly law. According to a news item published in Hindustan Times, “The Government will soon make it mandatory for automakers and their agents to buy old and unroadworthy vehicles, and recycle them.”

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