Academy Activities

ACADEMY ACTIVITIES

Academy News (Covering period from June 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022)

EVENTS

16th National Frontiers of Engineering (NatFoE) Symposium, 2022

The Symposium on National Frontiers of Engineering (NatFOE) is one of the flagship events of INAE since 2006. The main objective of the event is to encourage Young Engineers (ages ~27-45) from industry, universities, and R&D labs to discuss leading-edge research and technical work across a range of engineering fields. The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) organized the 16th National Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (NatFoE) jointly with Jadavpur University and in collaboration with IIT Kharagpur on 18th and 19th June 2022. This annual flagship event of INAE was organized at the Salt Lake campus of the Jadavpur University and was attended by young researchers across various academic institutions, R&D laboratories and industries as speakers and participants. It was a physical event organized after a long period of lockdown due to COVID pandemic and drew a huge enthusiasm from all quarters – participants, organizers and INAE Fellows and office bearers. For further details click here…..

Group Photograph of NatFoE Symposium on Day-1

The Abstract Booklet of NatFoE 2022 can be viewed by clicking here….

Prof Ashutosh Sharma delivering Inaugural Address

Winners of the Poster Session being awarded by Prof Sivaji Chakravorti

Innovations in Manufacturing Practices (IMP) 2022

Changes in present day manufacturing reflect advancements in supply chain, markets, customer demands and engineering design. Growth of manufacturing sector of our country can significantly boost the national economy. Keeping this in mind, Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and Jadavpur University, Kolkata (JU) organized a National Competition on Innovation in Manufacturing Practices (IMP 2022) at Jadavpur University, Kolkata on 20th June 2022 subsequent to the National Frontiers of Engineering Symposium 2022 to provide a platform for engineering students and startups to showcase innovations in manufacturing sector. After two years of pandemic, the event was organized in physical mode.

Participation was solicited in three categories – Undergraduate Students, Postgraduate Students and Startups. Total 55 innovations were submitted (22 in UG, 16 in PG and 6 in Startup categories) from different corners of our country. It was a two-round contest. The submitted entries were evaluated in the first round on the basis of their presentation video and submitted write-up.A jury board was constituted of three members, of whom two are INAE Young Engineer awardees and one is INAE Woman Engineer awardee. The jury board selected total 18 entries (six from each category) in the first round for final physical presentation on 20th June 2022. The final event was organized at UGC-HRDC Lecture Hall of Jadavpur University, Salt Lake Campus, Kolkata.

The event was inaugurated by Prof. Purnendu Ghosh, Vice President, INAE, and the participants were welcomed by Prof. Sivaji Chakravorti, Vice President, INAE. The Inaugural session was followed by three consecutive sessions for three categories. These sessions were chaired by three eminent academicians in the field of engineering & technology. However, the final event was attended by 12 participants (5 in UG, 4 in PG and 3 in Start-up categories) out of the selected 18 participating teams, mainly due to the sudden disruption in railway services at that time.

As the contest is a prestigious one, it was decided that only the deserving innovations will be awarded, and it was declared in the inaugural session. The jury members accordingly applied their judgment for conferment of the award. Finally, the jury board did not recommend any entry for the award in PG and Start-up categories. The first and the second prizes in the UG category went to two girl participants for their appreciable innovations. The awards were announced by Prof. Sivaji Chakravorti in the Valedictory Session of the event, after distribution of the participation certificates to the participants.

Two award winners in UG category with Prof. Sivaji Chakravorti, Prof. Amitava Datta and Prof. Swarnendu Sen

SERB-INAE Conclave on ‘SERB Digital Gaming Research Initiative’

Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) launched “SERB Digital Gaming Research Initiative” to leverage Digital Gaming research and industry in India. Digital Gaming industry being a fast-growing sector globally, Government of India desires to achieve self-reliance in advanced Augmented Reality (AR)/ Virtual Reality (VR) technologies to create indigenous gaming platforms for a number of applications ranging from education to leisure with the backdrop of Indian Ethos for desktop and hand-held devices.

SERB has associated itself with the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) for this project as a knowledge partner of SERB. Three broad directions have been identified under this initiative: R&D in Learning and Leisure Gaming Platforms; Immersive Game Prototypes, with a focus on Indian Culture & Values and Collaborative Technical Design Process: Creation of SERB Game Labs.

A conclave was organized on July 20, 2022 in physical mode in New Delhi to brainstorm on the present scenario of Digital Gaming Research in India and to get recommendations based on which “Call for R&D Proposals” can be made. Experts from Academia, Start-ups and Industry participated in the event by invitation. Forty delegates joined the conclave from Academia, Industry and Start-ups besides SERB team and INAE team.

For further details click here …..

Delegates, President INAE, Secretary SERB and Ms Anju Bobby George, special invitee and SERB
& INAE Team members present for the Conclave

SERB-INAE Hackathon 2022

The SERB-INAE Hackathon 2022 was organized jointly by SERB, INAE and Jadavpur University during 3-4 September 2022at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. The event was financially supported by SERB and INAE. The objective of the event was to bring out the innovation and creative mindset amongst the undergraduate and postgraduate students from different engineering and science institutions of the country through their participation in this national-level, theme-based hackathon. This hackathon was a 30- hour non-stop event on four thematic areas and was housed in the School of Mobile Computing and IT Department in the SMCC Building of the Salt Lake Campus of Jadavpur University, which is located in a serene and quieter part of the city of Kolkata. For further details click here …

Engineers Day Celebrations : Distinguished lecture on ‘Towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat – Role of Engineers’

The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) organised an online event to commemorate Engineers’ Day celebrations on 15th September 2022, wherein Dr G Satheesh Reddy, FNAE, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, Ministry of Defence, Govt. of India, delivered a distinguished lecture on ‘Towards Aatmanirbhar Bharat – Role of Engineers’. The event started with address of Prof Indranil Manna, President, INAE wherein he gave a brief about one of the country’s greatest engineer, Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya. He then introduced Dr G Satheesh Reddy and invited him to address the participants.

At the Commencement of his talk, Dr G Satheesh Reddy highlighted the importance of engineering in the prosperity of the nation, its role in social needs and in achieving the goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat- the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister. He stressed on the need of India becoming an economically powerful and prosperous country a strong academia and working with the mandate of ‘Make in India to Make for the World’. He emphasised the need of India becoming more self-reliant in the fields of communication, Computer Applications, Defence Production, strategic materials and manufacturing and moving forward in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. He highlighted that currently India is home to as many as 75,000 start-ups by its youth primarily in the fields of engineering and technology. The event concluded after Question and Answers session. It was attended virtually by a large number of participants, INAE Fellows and dignitaries, to make it a successful event. Prof Indranil Manna, President, INAE thanked all the participants for attending this event. For the perusal of all interested, the recording of the event was uploaded on the INAE website. The link is as under.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkFpKLT_65Q

INAE -SERB Youth Conclave 2022 on Technology Self- Reliance

IIT Jodhpur organised Youth Conclave 2022 in collaboration with Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) and SERB at IIT Jodhpur campus from 15 Sept. to 18 September 2022. Youth conclave is an annual event promoted by INAE. The purpose of the event is to provide a platform to the country’s youth to express their technological creativity and ingenuity and demonstrate their ability to innovate towards finding solutions that impact our collective future. In addition, participating in this event provides an excellent platform for students to interact with fellows of INAE and experts who have distinguished themselves with contributions in Engineering R&D, Industry and Academia. The theme of this fifth edition of Youth Conclave-2022 was: “Emerging Technologies for Sustainable Future”. For further details click here…

Prof Indranil Manna, President, INAE delivering his Presidential Address during Inaugural function

Prof Devang V Khakhar, FNAE, Former Director of IIT Bombay,the Chief Guest delivering his Address

Dr R Chidambaram, Chairman, BoG, IIT Jodhpur and Former Principal Scientific Adviser to GoI delivering his Address

SERB-INAE 5-Day Workshop on “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Start-Up for Young

SERB-INAE sponsored 5-Day workshop (hybrid mode) on “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Start-Up for Young” was organized by National Institute of Technology Mizoram from September 26-30, 2022. A total of 552 participants (512 online + 40 offline) had registered for the workshop from various institutions across the country. The institutions of the participants included NITs from all over the country including North East, Central Universities, State Universities and other affiliated colleges. The program was started on 26th September 2022 with formal inaugural ceremony. Prof. Prof. Venkappayya R Desai, Civil Engineering, IIT Kharagpur has graced the ceremony and enlightened the participants about the importance of workshop. Dr. Debasis Chatterjee, Founder & CEO, Cnnfiscore.com graced the occasion as Guest of Honor and shared his thoughts on the theme of the program. Prof. Saibal Chatterjee, Dean (Academics), NIT Mizoram & coordinator of the workshop motivated the participants emphasizing the importance of the workshop and advised the participants to benefit from the proceedings of workshop. To view the detailed schedule (speakers and topics) of 5-Day workshop, please click here ….

The participants have actively participated in all the sessions and interacted with the speakers. On the last day of the workshop, feedback was also collected from all the participants. The overall response was overwhelming. The weeklong workshop on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Start-Up for Young was concluded with a formal valedictory function on 30th September 2022 from 3:30 PM onwards. Prof. Sivaji Chakravorti, Vice-President, INAE graced the occasion as the Chief Guest and expressed his views on the importance of the workshop and key takeaways. Various experts and the participants participated and expressed their opinion and feedback. The coordinators extended their invitation to all the participants to visit NIT Mizoram whenever possible and to work in collaboration.

Inaugural Session in Progress

Participants with Chief Guest of Valedictory Session

Group Photograph of Participants

Valedictory Session in Progress

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

5th INAE-NAEK Workshop on Advanced Materials for Sustainable Development

Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), the only engineering Academy of the country represents India at the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS). CAETS is an independent non-political, non-governmental, international organization of engineering and technological sciences academies, one-member academy per country. INAE conducts various joint Workshops with Member Academies of CAETS. One such collaborative workshop between INAE and NAEK has been undergoing since 2017. This year 5th INAE-NAEK Workshop on “Advanced Materials for Sustainable Development” was held on Aug 25-26, 2022 at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Kolkata in hybrid mode. The two themes of the workshop were “Materials for Quantum Computing” and “Machine Learning for development of Advanced Materials”.

Over the course of two days, updates on R&D activities relating to advanced materials, especially those activities associated with Quantum Computing and Machine Learning were highlighted. This workshop provided a platform for future collaboration between researchers from both countries and also served as an important venue for vigorous exchanges and collaborations between Korean and Indian engineers. 16 experts representing Korea and India in the field of Materials for Quantum Computing and Machine Learning for Development of Advanced Materials sessions delivered the technical Presentations.

On 25 August 2022, the event started with the Inauguration session. Prof Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Director, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata and Prof Debatosh Guha, FNAE & Professor, Institute of Radio Physics and Electronics, University of Calcutta delivered the Introductory Remarks. Subsequently, Prof Indranil Manna, President, INAE delivered the Welcome Address. During his Address, he gave a brief about INAE activities. He highlighted that India is pursuing the path of development and in words of Our Hon’ble Prime Minister, a goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat or Self-reliant India. In this path of development engineering and technology plays a vital role. We need a peer body like INAE to steer this initiative. Subsequently, Prof Jung-Hee Song, Vice-President, NAEK delivered her Welcome Address. In her Address, she highlighted the possibility of convergence between materials science and ICT under the theme of “Advanced Materials for Sustainable Development”. The aim of this workshop is to provide and establish science and technology policy guidelines by examining major issues and technological development in the ICT and materials industries.

Two technical sessions pertaining to the theme “Materials for Quantum Computing” chaired by Prof Samit Kumar Ray, Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Kharagpur, India and Dr Seung-Cheol Lee, Director of Indo-Korea Science & Technology Center, KIST, South Korea were held. On 26 August 2022, two technical sessions pertaining to the theme “Machine Learning for development of Advanced Materials” which were chaired by Prof Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Director, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India and Prof Tae-yeon Seong, Professor, Korea University were held. The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Lt Col Shobhit Rai (Retd), Deputy Executive Director, INAE. The event ended with the Concluding Session during which discussion and finalization of statement for future scope of collaboration were held. The workshop was attended physically by 50 participants and online by various participants. This workshop was an outstanding success.The event was also streamed Live on Youtube. The links are as under.

25th August 2022- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxY13tYAqwQ&t=1239s
26th August 2022- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo9HbTa4KRM

Welcome Address by Prof Indranil Manna, President,INAE

Prof Jung-Hee Song, Vice-President, NAEK, Korea delivering Welcome Address

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Indian Participants at the workshop at Kolkata

CAETS 2022 Annual Meeting and Convocation

This year CAETS 2022 Annual meetings and Conference was hosted by the National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF) in Versailles, near Paris, France. The International Conference on “Engineering a better world: Breakthrough Technologies for Healthcare” was held on Sep 27-28, 2022. INAE delegation led by Prof Indranil Manna, President, INAE participated in the subject event wherein the following two speakers from INAE delivered talks: Prof Sushmita Mitra, FNAE, Professor at the Machine Intelligence Unit (MIU), Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata was a Speaker during Technical Session 2 – The Foundations of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Biology and Health on September 27, 2022 on the topic “ Intelligent Analysis of Biomedical Images”. Prof GK Ananthasuresh, FNAE, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Dean of Mechanical Sciences at Indian Institute of Science Bangalore was a Speaker during Technical Session 3 – Disruptive technologies and global R&D trends on September 28, 2022 on the topic “Micromachinery for Mechano-diagnostics”. Prof Jayanta Mukhopadhyay, Dept. of Computer Science and Engg., IIT Kharagpur was selected for conferment of the CAETS Communication prizes 2022 in the Category “High Potential Innovations” with a title of entry “iMediXcare Telemedicine System”.

Prof Sushmita Mitra was interviewed during the event and the same can be viewed at the link given below.

https://e1.pcloud.link/publink/show?code=kZLv18Z5LcwTTmjzxStnvYy19sUqRK34nvy

Local Chapter Activities

ACTIVITIES under Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Initiative by INAE and its Local Chapters: A number of webinars were organized by INAE Local Chapters and INAE Headquarters during the quarter under the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Initiative as given below:

  • A virtual discussion meeting on ‘Rare Earth – Plethora of Opportunities’was held on August 11, 2022 over WebEx. The objective of this meeting was to deliberate on opportunities and challenges in this sector and how INAE can contribute towards this initiative. During the subject discussion meeting, a talk by Mr. Deependra Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, IREL (India) Limited, Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India was held followed by a discussion with experts. The session was chaired by Prof Indranil Manna, Co-Chair, DAE-INAE Consultative Committee & President, INAE.

INAE Mumbai Chapter

(i) INAE Mumbai Chapter Webinar featuring Lecture by Prof Anuradha Narasimhan, Professor of Practice – IIT Bombay and Board Member – Africa Improved Foods, Rwanda and Frontier Nutrition, Bangladesh on “Entrepreneurship: To Be or Not to Be” was held on 1st July 2022

(ii) A DAE-BRNS Theme Meeting on “Advance Technologies in Dissimilar Metal Welding (DMW-2022) & DAE Technology Awareness Meet-II” was organized and conducted jointly by Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai, INAE, Mumbai Chapter and Power Beam Society of India (PSI) during 15th and 16thJuly 2022 at DAE Convention Centre, Mumbai. The theme meeting was organized in hybrid mode i.e. physical mode for local delegates and online mode for outstation delegates. The theme meeting DMW-2022 offered a common platform to the Engineers, manufacturers and Scientists working in the field of welding and joining technology to churn out the expertise in the field of advanced technologies such as EB Welding, Magnetic Pulse Welding, Diffusion bonding, friction stir welding, which are more suitable for welding dissimilar metals. The theme meeting was inaugurated with an introductory remark by Dr. Archana Sharma, FNAE, Director, BTDG, and Chairperson, DMW-2022 and Presidential address by Guest of Honour, Shri K. V. Ravi, Chief Executive, Nuclear Recycle Board. Chief Guest of the inaugural session Shri G. Nageswara Rao, Chairman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) addressed the dignitaries and participants of the theme meeting. The souvenir book of abstracts containing the invited talks and contributory papers of DMW-2022 was also released during the inaugural session by the Chief Guest.

Image 1: Release of Theme Meeting Souvenir during DMW-2022

The theme meeting key note address was delivered by Dr. G. K. Dey, Former Director, Materials Group, BARC on “Microstructural Development during welding”. Prof. S. V. Kulkarni, (FNAE), Co-Chair, INAE, Mumbai Chapter, IIT Mumbai delivered the opening lecture of the theme meeting on “Electromagnetic Forming and Welding: Insights into Electromagnetic Forces, Eddy Currents, and Computational Methods”. The technical programme included 18 invited talks from eminent speakers from IITs, DAE Units and entrepreneurs highlighting the ongoing research, challenges and future prospects in dissimilar metal welding. DMW-2022 was attended by 150 participants and the technical talks were broadcast live on https://www.dmw2022.com website. The contributions from participants of DAE and other academic institutes were covered in the Poster session. The two days theme meeting concluded with panel discussion and valedictory function. Dr. Ram Kumar Singh, FNAE, Co-Chair, Mumbai Local chapter addressed the dignitaries and participants in the concluding session and distributed the prize to the winners of DMW-2022 Best Poster Paper Award.

Prize distribution for DMW-2022 best Poster Paper Award

(iii) Technical talk at Electron Beam Centre, Navi Mumbai by Shri Krishna Gupta, Outstanding Scientist, Raja Ramanna Fellow, BARC-DAE, Former OSD, DAE Branch Secretariat, New Delhi, Former Project Director, GCNEP on “Indigenous Electron Accelerators for Agriculture and Industries” was held on 12th September 2022.

INAE Bangalore Chapter

(i) INAE-BC Frontiers of Engineering Webinar Lecture Series featuring Lecture by Dr. Shishir N. Y. Kolathaya, Robert Bosch Center for Cyber Physical Systems (RBCCPS), IISc. Bangalore on “Learning for legged locomotion” was held on 23rd June 2022.He showed how reinforcement learning (RL) techniques can be used for realizing robust locomotion in custom built quadrupedal (four-legged) walking robots. He showed very interesting video demonstrations of three different types of walking robots Stoch1, Stoch2 and Stochlite that his team has developed that can learn to navigate different terrains. The talk elicited several questions and was attended by 15 people.

(ii) 13th “SAMVAAD – an IIT Dharwad-INAE Bangalore Chapter Lecture Series” featuring Lecture by Prof. Ned Mohan, Fellow: IEEE, Regents Professor, National Academy of Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota on “Power Engineering Education in the Age of Climate Crisis – A Holistic View” was held on 28th June 2022. Prof Ned Mohan presented a holistic view of Power Engineering Education in wake of climate change. For benefit of a wider audience, the talk was live-streamed on YouTube (https://youtu.be/31kAl8K33gU).

(iii) Last year, INAE-BC instituted Prof. Roddam Narasimha memorial lecture every year on his birthday (July 20th) to honour his contribution to Engineering and Technology. Starting this year, this event will be jointly organized by INAE-BC and NAL Bangalore. Professor Roddam Narasimha Inaugural Lecture jointly organized by CSIR-NAL, Bangalore and INAE Bangalore Chapter by Dr S. Somanath, Secretary Department of Space and Chairman, ISRO on “Challenges and Capability in Experimental and Computational Aerodynamics in Indian Space program” on 22nd July 2022. It was organized at NAL and was webcasted for those who were not able to attend. The event began with a welcome address from Introduction of speaker from Dr Venkatkrishnan, Chief Scientist, NAL. Following this Dr Somnath presented various Aerodynamic Challenges in Space vehicles and presented several case studies on how they overcame these challenges. INAE-BC was represented by Prof. M L Munjal, executive council member of INAE Bangalore Chapter and INSA Scientist, IISc Bangalore. The acting director of NAL Dr Bhowmik also addressed the gathering. Prof. Gopalakrishnan, Secretary, INAE-BC proposed the vote of thanks. The Lecture was attended by over 200 people with over 700 people heard the lecture through webcast

(iv) 14th “SAMVAAD – an IIT Dharwad-INAE Bangalore Chapter Lecture Series” featuring Lecture by Prof. Jayant Haritsa, Department of Computational & Data Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore on “The Latent Power of Absurd Ideas (aka Robust Query Processing)” was held on 27th July 2022. The talk presented a first-ever provably robust database engine and was simultaneously streamed on YouTube (https://youtu.be/gK5PQt8fwpI) for the benefit of a wider audience including fraternities from technical institutes in Karnataka and CFTIs.

(v) 15th SAMVAAD Lecture (IIT Dharwad-INAE Bangalore Chapter Lecture Series) featuring Lecture by Prof. R.K. Shevgaonkar, FNAE, on “Engineering Education: Past, Present and Future” was held on 24th August 2022. Prof. R.K. Shevgaonkar presented an overview of engineering education from past to present and gave a glimpse of probable future education. For benefit of wider audience, the talk was live-streamed on YouTube (https://youtu.be/6mkcCkeIfQ4).

(vi) 16th SAMVAAD Lecture (IIT Dharwad-INAE Bangalore Chapter Lecture Series) featuring Lecture by Prof. Vijay Chandru, FNAE on “From Digital to Living Machines: Technological Reimagination of Our Future” was held on 28th September 2022.

INAE Delhi Chapter

(i) INAE Delhi Chapter Seminar in association with the School of Interdisciplinary Research (SIRE), IIT Delhi organized a Lecture by Professor Dr Supratik Guha, Professor at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago and Argonne, National Laboratory, Chicago on “The Role of Materials Science in Information Processing Technologies” on 13th July 2022.

(ii) INAE Delhi Chapter: Industry Interaction with Mr Rajeev Sapra, Deputy General Manager (DGM) of Delhi Transco Limited (formerly, Delhi Vidyut Board) on “Evolution of Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure in Delhi” was organized on 26th July 2022. Mr Rajeev Sapra gave an expert talk titled ” Evolution of Electric Vehicles and Charging infrastructure in Delhi ” on 26th July 2022 in EE committee room in IIT Delhi as part of industry interaction. The event was jointly organized by IEEE-VTS and INAE. Mr Rajeev Sapra is currently working as Deputy General Manager of Delhi Transco limited. He is one of the leaders in developing the architecture of Electric Vehicles Charging Stations for the entire capital city of Delhi. Mr Sapra stressed in his talk about the aspects of practical engineering rather than academic knowledge. He emphasized the need for students to learn by building things on their own. In this regard, he also shared his experience about how the bidding and technical specifications of chargers for the capital city were decided. He also showed the probable sites of 100 chargers in and around Delhi. The technical specifications of the chargers with 10 charging points were also discussed. The interaction with Mr Sapra was very informal with lot of questions from enthusiastic students. He invited students for a visit to the nearest substation in Munirka for a practical understanding and feel of the transmission system. Apart from this, Prof Sreyam Sinha from department of Electrical Engineering gave a detailed presentation on “Recent trends in wireless charging techniques”. In this talk, he analyzed the inductive and capacitive wireless charging techniques for electric vehicles and made a comparison of them. He also showed the experimental prototype built for capacitive wireless charging taking care of misalignment and variable distance between the road and the chassis.

Photographs of Industry Interaction Session with Mr. Rajeev Sapra at IIT Delhi

There were about 30 graduate students and a few faculty members participated in-person in the interaction. The technical interaction was followed up by a lunch meeting in IIT Delhi Guest House with a few faculty members. The technical interaction was also available to the online participants who could not attend in-person.

(iii) INAE Delhi Chapter Talk by Prof. Monisha Ghosh, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame, USA and Former Chief Technology Officer, Federal Communications Commission, USA on “Spectrum Challenges for Next Generation Wireless Systems: the need for better coexistence” was held on 27th July 2022. The seminar of Prof. Monisha Ghosh discussed coexistent communication as a tool to meet the increasing communication throughput demands. The various challenges that must be overcome to achieve coexistence in the licensed and unlicensed mid-band spectrum were articulated. The presentation also highlighted the importance of unlicensed spectrum for NextG technologies and the benefits and difficulties of using unlicensed bands for licensed technologies like cellular communication. The talk strongly emphasized the importance of monitoring deployed network performance with AI/ML research and for developing more accurate channel models. The seminar also featured case studies on measurement-based research on 5G millimeter-wave frequency bands (mmWaves), LTE-LAA coexistence in 5 GHz, and other topics. Further, the presentation also covered how the thermal effect makes it difficult to achieve sustained throughput over mmWaves. Additionally, the talk underscored the advantages of deploying 4G+LAA networks over 5G or 4G networks. There were about 44 graduate students and a few faculty members participated in-person in the interaction. There were about 27 online attendees. The technical interaction was preceded by a lunch meeting with the invited speaker in IIT Delhi Guest House with a few faculty members. Beyond the talk and question-answer session, the speaker interacted with a wide set of in-person attendees over a high tea organized in the school.

INAE Delhi Chapter Talk by Prof. Monisha Ghosh in progress

(iv) INAE Delhi Chapter Seminar featuring Lecture by Professor Dr Venkatesh Kodur, University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre on Structural Fire Engineering and Diagnostics at Michigan State University (MSU) on “Strategies for Mitigating Fire Hazard in Critical Transportation Infrastructure” was held on 27th July 2022.

(v) INAE Delhi Chapter Seminar featuring Lecture featuring Talk by Professor Dr Ravinder Dahiya, Professor of Electronics and Nanoengineering and EPSRC Research Fellow in the James Watt School of Engineering at University of Glasgow, UK on “Interactive Systems using High-Performance Flexible and Printed Electronic Skin” was held on 10th August 2022.

(vi) INAE Delhi Chapter Lecture featuring talk by Prof. Dr Suphiya Khan, Associate Professor and Founder of spinout company Drumlins Water Technologies Pvt Ltd at Banasthali Vidyapith on “The Art and Science of Academic Spinouts: A Journey from Water Research Lab to Drumlins Water Technologies” was held on 29th August 2022.

INAE Chennai Chapter

(i) INAE Chennai Chapter Webinar featuring Lecture by Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, FNAE, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, IIT Madras on “Towards an Atmanirbhar Telecom Network” was held on 8th July 2022. About 20 people attended the webinar. Prof. S. Narayanan introduced the speaker. In this webinar, the speaker described how India is moving towards the goal of a secure Atmanirbhar 4G and 5G telecom network. He said that even though India’s telecom network and subscriber base has grown by leaps and bounds during the last two decades, positively impacting the lives of all Indians, this has been achieved mostly by the imported network equipment and mobile phones. However, India, the world’s second largest telecom market, has to become a net contributor to global telecommunication technology and cannot remain a mere assembler and consumer. Design-led manufacturing of globally competitive products based on home-grown IP is the key to meeting this objective. Prof. Ramamurthi discussed how India is moving towards this objective. There was a lively discussion at the end of the webinar. Finally, Prof. Shaikh Faruque Ali presented the vote of thanks.

(ii) INAE Chennai Chapter Webinar by Prof. R. Krishnakumar, Institute Professor, Engineering Design Department, IIT Madras on “Human Heart: An Engineer’s Delight and a Clinician’s nightmare” was held on 20th August 2022. More than 30 people attended the webinar which also included a number of medical professionals. Prof. S. Narayanan, President of INAE Chennai Chapter presented briefly the activities of INAE Chennai Chapter and introduced the speaker. In this webinar, the speaker described how engineering can help in understanding the functioning of complex bio-organs with particular emphasis on the human heart. He explained how the human heart was often considered to be an engineer’s delight because of the complexities involved in modelling its material characteristics and it’s functioning and also mimicking the same in the laboratory environment for doing meaningful experiments which would help the doctor in diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases. At the same time, he also explained how the heart was a clinician’s nightmare being one of the most vital organs of the human body, the preservation of whose good health is of utmost importance for human life .

In his lecture, he said one in four deaths reported in India was due to cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and that South Asians accounted for one-fifth of all deaths attributed to a coronary artery disease. He explained how the heart was made up of composite materials and essentially was a composite structure with fibers running in opposite directions in a helical fashion inside and outside of the heart. He also explained how the electrical and the mechanical bio interactions elongate these fibers resulting in a twist. This torsion of the heart is responsible for ejection of blood rather than the pumping action of the heart which is the common belief. He also said how this action caused pulsations resulting in wave propagation. He said that the governing equation for such motion can be derived and solved using finite volume technique. He said that it was possible to create a heart model with the complete arterial and venous tree to create a digital twin of a patient. He said such “what if” parametric studies could help clinicians in taking informed decisions, whether it was the angle of attachment of an outflow graft in an LVAD or the site of attachment of a conduit in a Fontan operation improving very much, the chances of prognosis.

He emphasized that the future of simulation lay in developing robust patient-specific models of the heart, the complete arterial and venous tree, and the pulmonary vascular system. Modelling of electrophysiology of the heart and a three-way coupling with fluid and solid is a great challenge. The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of USA is currently using modeling and simulation to predict clinical outcomes. Unravelling the complexities of the human cardiovascular system is a work in progress across several centuries and countries and he said modern engineering tools could help immensely in the process. He said that digital twins mentioned earlier of human organs could help in deciding health of the organ, what type of treatment to be used and what would be the possible outcome of the treatment. Studies on simulation allowed one to enter clinical problem-specific or patient specific variables in the model and then test the various therapeutic options. He mentioned that thus clinicians were frequently looking for engineering solutions to better understand and solve difficult problems in the domain of blood flow, imaging and perhaps in developing newer artificial devices. He said that the future lay in progress of medical fraternity and engineering fraternity to work together holding hands for developing a healthy society. There was a lively discussion at the end of the webinar with a Question and Answer(Q&A) session in which both engineers and doctors participated. The webinar was moderated by Prof. Shaikh Faruque Ali, Treasurer, INAE Chennai Chapter who also proposed a formal vote of thanks.

(iii) INAE Chennai Chapter Webinar featuring Lecture by Prof (Dr) Chitra Rajagopal, Director, Centre of Excellence in Process Safety and Risk Management for a Hydrogen Economy, IIT Delhi on “Process Safety and Risk Management with focus on Hydrogen Safety” was held on 16th September 2022.

INAE Bhubaneswar Chapter

(i) Tenth Lecture of the Distinguished Lecture Series organised by INAE Bhubaneswar Chapter, jointly with SOA University and IMMT Bhubaneswar featuring Lecture by Prof. Farrokh Mistree, L.A. Comp Chair and Professor, School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA on “Atmanibhar Bharat 2047 : On Moving Indian Higher Education Institutions up in the World Rankings” was held on 17th June 2022

Key Points: India will celebrate its 100th year of independence in 2047. In this webinar the aim was to foster dialog on what Atmanibhar Bharat in 2047 will look like. It is hypothesized that transdisciplinary research and collaboration is key to developing the technology to achieve societal goals such as environmental justice, social justice and the like. He asserted that transdisciplinary research and collaboration is foundational to addressing not only cutting edge challenge problems but also in defining bleeding edge research opportunities that will position Indian academic institutions to become the virtual destination of choice for people from around the world and thence catapult some academic institutions up in the world rankings. 96 people participated in the event.

YouTube Link to the Video: https://youtu.be/q1yqNGfRauE

(ii) Eleventh Lecture of the Distinguished Lecture Series organised by INAE Bhubaneswar Chapter, jointly with SOA University and IMMT Bhubaneswar featuring Lecture by Prof. Sukumar Mishra, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi on “Distributed Energy Resources Rich Microgrid: Operation and Control” was held on 11th June 2022.

Key Points: Distributed energy resources (DERs), mostly solar and wind farms, are getting prime interest of the power system operators to overcome shortage of fossil fuels and for sustainable growth of the grid. It is necessary to understand the behaviour of voltage source inverters (VSIs) due to its importance in integrating DERs in the microgrids. Additionally, good understanding of transition from synchronous generators (SGs) to the VSIs is required to achieve smart operation and control of the power network. There are several methods available for effective operation of the VSIs, which are mostly categorized in three modes. Firstly, grid following (GFL) operation of VSIs to meet the voltage and frequency of the grid at the local point of common coupling. The phase lock loop (PLL) is crucial in GFL mode, which synchronizes VSI with the grid. It is difficult to synchronize the VSI through PLL, with a week grid. Therefore, GFL operation is more effective in SG rich and strong power system. Followed by the synchronization process, the DERs can transmit the power to satisfy their local load and the grid. Secondly, VSIs operate in grid supporting (GS) mode. Some of the popular GS functionalities are frequency, reactive, inertial and voltage support. Power regulatory authority of different countries impose grid codes for the operation of generating units comprising of DER in the distribution system. DER operator adheres to the grid codes to maintain operation of the VSI in GFL and GS mode. Last but not the least, grid forming (GFM) operation of the VSIs, which is effective in autonomous microgrid and week grid system. Unlike GFL mode, there is no requirement of PLL in GFM mode of operation and control of VSIs. The DERs in the micro-grid are operated in conventional droop to handle active and reactive power flows to maintain demand and generation balance of the system. The widely used conventional droop is P-f and Q-V droop (depends on the R/X of the network) which is used in power sharing among the DERs. The droop equation for low R/X network is modified for proper sharing of power among the DERs. The choice of droop coefficient of the DERs is a critical task as it is highly motivated by the economics of the plant as well as the network parameters. 64 people participated in the webinar.

YouTube Link to the Video: https://youtu.be/emXKhfgiEl8

(iii) Twelfth Lecture of the Distinguished Lecture Series organised by INAE Bhubaneswar Chapter, jointly with SOA University and IMMT Bhubaneswar by Prof. Barada Kanta Mishra, Director IIT Goa on “Discrete Element Analysis of Particulate Systems” was held on 9th July 2022.

Key Points: Particles are ubiquitous—avalanches, coating, powder mixing, optoelectronic device making, etc., involve particles. It is estimated that 70% of industrial processes involve particulate material of some form or other. Surprisingly though, not much is understood about this exciting class of material, mainly due to the complex behavior that develops when many particles interact. However, simulation of particulate systems using mathematical modeling tools has been gaining ground. As a result, it has been increasingly used to design, scale-up, improving process efficiency, debottlenecking, etc. I have successfully used the discrete element method (DEM) to analyze various particulate systems covering both theoretical and practical aspects. Here I will mainly discuss three topics of industrial importance: (i) Breakage of particles, (ii) breakage of agglomerates, and (iii) mixing and segregation of particles. I will illustrate how DEM simulations capture the underlying physical phenomena of particulate systems while providing a better understanding of the underlying principles governing the processes. 46 people participated in the webinar.

YouTube Link to the Video: https://youtu.be/DD38JoN30qA

(iv) Thirteenth Lecture of the Distinguished Lecture Series organised by INAE Bhubaneswar Chapter, jointly with SOA University and IMMT Bhubaneswar by Prof. Ashutosh Dutta, Chief 5G Strategist and Fellow at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labs and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering for Engineering Professional Program at JHU on “5G Networks and Security – Opportunities and Challenges” was held on 13th July 2022.

Key Points: Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are the key pillars of future networks, including 5G and beyond that promise to support emerging applications such as enhanced mobile broadband, ultra-low latency, massive sensing type applications while providing the resiliency in the network. While NFV and SDN open up the door for flexible networks and rapid service creation, these also offer both security opportunities while also introducing additional challenges and complexities, in some cases. With the rapid proliferation of 4G and 5G networks, operators have now started the trial deployment of network function virtualization, especially with the introduction of various virtualized network elements in the access and core networks. This talk addresses evolution of cellular technologies towards 5G but largely focuses on various security challenges and opportunities introduced by SDN/NFV and 5G networks and enablers such as Hypervisor, Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), SDN controller, orchestrator, network slicing, cloud RAN, edge cloud, and security function virtualization. This talk introduces a threat taxonomy for 5G security from an end-to-end system perspective, potential threats introduced by these enablers, and associated mitigation techniques. At the same time, some of the opportunities introduced by these pillars are also discussed. This talk also highlights some of the ongoing activities within various standards communities including open source consortiums, large scale testbeds, and illustrates a few deployment use case scenarios for security. 54 people participated in the webinar.

YouTube Link to the Video: https://youtu.be/fPkotjmSxFU

(v) Fourteenth Lecture of the Distinguished Lecture Series organised by INAE Bhubaneswar Chapter, jointly with SOA University and IMMT Bhubaneswar by Prof. Gopalan Jagadeesh, Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science Bangalore on ” Shocking – Yet True…” was held on 22nd July 2022.

Key Points: The phenomenon of “Shock Waves” has been historically associated with aerospace engineering and in particular with supersonic flight. Shock waves appear in nature, when different elements in a fluid approach one another with a velocity higher than the local speed of sound. These waves are also generated if massive energy dissipation takes place within ultra-short time in events like explosions. A number of methodologies/facilities to generate shock waves of requisite strength have been designed and indigenously built in the Laboratory for Hypersonic and Shockwave Research (LHSR) in Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Over the years, these facilities have facilitated very interesting interdisciplinary research programmes in IISc with participation of several faculty members from physics, chemistry, biology and materials engineering. Some of the novel techniques that will be discussed in this talk includes retractable aero-spikes, smart coatings, forward facing jets and concentrated energy deposition for reducing the aerodynamic drag around vehicles flying at hypersonic speeds. Concurrently, utilizing the remarkable ability of shock waves to instantaneously enhance the pressure and temperature in the propagating medium, several innovative shock wave assisted techniques have been developed in LHSR. These include non-intrusive needleless vaccine delivery, cell transformation, Wound healing, bio-film destruction, sandal oil extraction, polyphenol enrichment in tea, metal texture modification, and preservative impregnation in bamboo. A broad overview of the recent Transdisciplinary shock wave research and technology development activities at LHSR will be presented in this lecture. 62 people participated in the webinar.

YouTube Link to the Video: https://youtu.be/KjL7k8EvYg8

(vi) Fifteenth Lecture of the Distinguished Lecture Series organised by INAE Bhubaneswar Chapter, jointly with SOA University and IMMT Bhubaneswar featuring Lecture by Prof. Janet Katherine Allen, John and Mary Moore Chair of Engineering and Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The University of Oklahoma on “From Make in India to Design and Make in India” was held on 10th August 2022.

Key Points: On June 17, 2022 Farrokh Mistree talked, to members of the INAE (Bhubaneswar Chapter), about Atmanirbhar Bharat 2047 – On Moving Indian Academic Institutions up in the World Rankings. He stated that the Make in India mantra in the next 25 years should be augmented to Design AND Make in India. In the context of the Design and Make in India mantra he planned to highlight some of the opportunities embodied in the Industry 4.0 construct that is associated with manufacturing and introduce the Design Engineering 4.0 construct that complements the Industry 4.0 construct. Foundational to sustaining Design and Make in India is basic research. Accordingly, he touched upon the state of government funding of basic research and how it could be directed to further the Design and Make in India mantra. 48 people participated in the webinar. 48 people participated in the webinar.

YouTube Link to the Video: https://youtu.be/2twU2345HUg

(vi) Sixteenth Lecture of the Distinguished Lecture Series organised by INAE Bhubaneswar Chapter, jointly with SOA University and IMMT Bhubaneswar featuring Lecture by Prof. Laxmidhar Behera, Director, Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, Himachal Pradesh on “Development of Cognitive Robotic Systems: Challenges and future perspectives” was held on 9th September 2022.

Key Points: Robots have evolved from caged environments to be able to operate within sociable platforms. Warehouse automation, Smart Education, Healthcare and entertainment have played significant roles for such a transformation where robots behave more human-like. In this talk, some selected applications in warehouse automation will be presented. An example will be presented to illustrate if such robotic systems are really cognitive in real-sense! Next, the efficacy of imitation learning was demonstrated in the development of cognitive robotic systems. The challenges while naturalizing strong AI in robotic systems were enumerated. 64 people participated in the webinar.

YouTube Link to the Video: https://youtu.be/SwVEN_8VEzM

(vii) Seventeenth Lecture of the Distinguished Lecture Series organised by INAE Bhubaneswar Chapter, jointly with SOA University and IMMT Bhubaneswar featuring Lecture by Professor Bidyadhar Subudhi, School of Electrical Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Goa on “Navigation and Control of Marine Vehicles” was held on 16th September 2022.

Key Points: Research on navigation and control of marine vehicles (unmanned surface vehicles and autonomous under water vehicles) has received increased attention for several obvious reasons such as understanding marine environment for scientific exploration and their interesting applications. Some of the applications include ocean survey, pipe-line inspection, environmental data gathering, sampling, bathymetric mapping and defence. However, these applications necessitate designing effective motion control algorithms for marine vehicles. In view of accomplishing control design successfully there is a need of accurate representation of dynamics of marine vehicles involving hydrodynamic damping, Coriolis terms, mass and inertia terms. Control design for an autonomous under water vehicle is challenging owing to parametric uncertainties arising from hydrodynamic parameters and external disturbances due to variation in oceanic currents. In this talk, modelling, control design and real-time implementation of the control algorithms for autonomous under water vehicle will be discussed. 47 people participated in the webinar.

YouTube Link to the Video: https://youtu.be/McEqHPfwLVY

(viii) Eighteenth Lecture of the Distinguished Lecture Series organised by INAE Bhubaneswar Chapter, jointly with SOA University and IMMT Bhubaneswar featuring Lecture by Professor Ashok Kumar Pradhan, FNAE, Senior Member, IEEE, Institute Chair Professor and Chairperson, Subir Choudhury School of Quality and Reliability, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur on “Importance of Precision-Time in Electric Grid: Availability and Usages” was held on 21st September 2022.

Key Points: Today timing is essential to a wide variety of network functions and equipment in electric grids. Precise and reliable time is now available at reasonable cost worldwide. The electric grid operates as a single, complex and massively interconnected synchronous system. What happens in one part of the grid affects operation elsewhere. Managing and controlling these interactions require a means to compare the status at one place and time with the condition all around at the same instant. Precise time and high-speed communications in the substations are the enabling technologies which make this practical. Highly accurate and free to access, GPS timing signals have been incorporated into wide variety of applications such as to improve system reliability, reduce operation costs, better understand power system operation, predict and prevent system-wide faults, test and verify operation of protective devices. This talk will explain some of these applications related to ‘time’ as important information, discuss sources and distribution of precise time, and help to understand how to apply commercially available products to synchronize power system equipment even in the presence of large-scale renewable sources. Scope of future technology in this domain will be also addressed. 54 people participated in the webinar.

YouTube Link to the Video: https://youtu.be/i2w8-XYNOWU

INAE Kolkata Chapter

(i) Physical mode – Engineers Day celebrations by INAE Kolkata Chapter featuring Lecture by Mr. Rabi Chowdhury, Managing Director (Generation), CESC Ltd on “Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution in Kolkata – Challenges and Solutions” was held on 15th September 2022.

INAE Hyderabad Chapter

The first Dr. G. Padmanabham Memorial Lecture was held on 10th August 2022 at 10.30 hrs. (in hybrid mode) to commemorate the valuable contributions of late Dr. G. Padmanabham, Former Director, ARCI in the field of Science and Technology and was a Fellow of INAE. The venue of the said lecture was G.S. Bhattacharjee Seminar Hall, ARCI, Hyderabad. Prof. Indranil Manna, Vice Chancellor, BIT, Mesra delivered the said lecture on “Additive Manufacturing”.

Important Meetings held during June 2022, July 2022, August 2022 and September 2022

List of Meetings in June 2022
Jun 3 Digital Platform Committee Meeting for discussing new AMC
Jun 7 Meeting on SERB Digital Gaming Research Initiative
Jun 15 Second Meeting for selection of INAE Young Innovator & Entrepreneur Award 2022
Jun 15 INAE Young Innovator & Entrepreneur Award 2022: Finalization of Result
Jun 15 EC-2022: Preliminary Meeting for Theme-2
Jun 15 Planning the conduct of 5th INAE-NAEK Workshop
Jun 17 34th Finance Committee Meeting
Jun 17 DRDO INAE Consultative Committee Meeting
Jun 20 Meeting on Landmark Compendium
Jun 21 EC-2022: Preliminary Meeting for Theme-2
Jun 23 143rd Governing Council meeting
Jun 23 Meeting of sub-committee for reviewing guidelines for INAE Forums
Jun 26 EC-2022: Preliminary Meeting for Theme-2
Jun 27 Meeting of sub-committee for reviewing guidelines for INAE Forums

List of Meetings in July 2022
Jul 1 Second Meeting of Sectional Committee VI
Jul 1 Webinar on “Entrepreneurship: To Be or Not to Be”
Jul 4 Second Meeting of Sectional Committee III
Jul 6 Second Meeting of Sectional Committee IX
Jul 7 Second Meeting of Sectional Committee II
Jul 8 Webinar on “Towards an Atmanirbhar Telecom Network”
Jul 8 Second Meeting of Sectional Committee VIII
Jul 9 Meeting reg EC- Finalisation of Speakers
Jul 9 Meeting of the Peer Committee on Technological Preparedness for dealing with National Disruptions
Jul 11 Second Meeting of Sectional Committee I
Jul 13 Second Meeting of Sectional Committee VII
Jul 13 Second Meeting of Sectional Committee VII
Jul 14 Second Meeting of Sectional Committee V
Jul 14 Meeting of the ES-V for Election of Fellows & Foreign Fellows & INAE Young Engineer Award
Jul 14 Second Meeting of Sectional Committee IV
Jul 14 Second Meeting of Sectional Committee V
Jul 15 Second Meeting of Sectional Committee X
Jul 15 To finalize draft of compendium on landmark achievements in engineering & technology
Jul 17 Meeting of Core Committee on Proposed Compendium on “Landmark Achievements in Engineering and Technology in Independent India”
Jul 27 39th Apex Committee meeting
Jul 27 Discussion on Landmark Compendium

List of Meetings in August 2022
Aug 2 Meeting with Secretary DST
Aug 3 Meeting of the Selection Committee for Election of Foreign Fellows
Aug 3 35th Finance Committee Meeting
Aug 3 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) – Part A
Aug 4 To discuss compendium on Women Engineers in India Volume – 1
Aug 5 35th Finance Committee Meeting
Aug 11 Discussion Meeting on ‘Rare Earth – Plethora of Opportunities’
Aug 12 Discussion on SERB Digital Gaming Initiative
Aug 16 INAE Young Engineer Award 2022: Presentation by Shortlisted Nominees
Aug 17 INAE Young Engineer Award 2022: Presentation by Shortlisted Nominees
Aug 17 INAE Young Engineer Award 2022: Result Discussion
Aug 18 Plan for raising INAE Corpus fund
Aug 20 Human Heart: An Engineer’s Delight and a Clinician’s nightmare
Aug 20 Youth Conclave 2022: Discussion meeting to plan the conduct of event
Aug 22 144th Governing Council Meeting on 22nd August 2022
Aug 25 Presentations for Selection of Abdul Kalam Technology Innovation National Fellowship on August 25, 2022
Aug 30 First Meeting for shortlisting of nominations for INAE Innovative Student Projects Award on August 30, 2022
Aug 31 Meeting on Landmark Compendium

List of Meetings in September 2022
Sep 1 Discussion on Landmark Compendium
Sep 1 Discussion on Corpus Generation for INAE
Sep 3 Postponement of 144th GC from 31st August 2022 to 3rd September 2022 (Saturday) to discuss deferred Agenda Items
Sep 4 Planning of invitations for EC-2022
Sep 12 Meeting to discuss the progress of EC-2022
Sep 12 Webinar on “Indigenous Electron Beam Accelerators for Agriculture and Industries”
Sep 13 Discussion Regarding AMC of INAE Digital Platform
Sep 15 Webinar on “Process Safety and Risk Management with focus on Hydrogen Safety”
Sep 15 Engineers’ Day Lecture by Dr G Satheesh Reddy on 15th September 2022
Sep 21 Opening of Tenders: Renting out of INAE Office Space at Gurgaon
Sep 21 Presentation by Shortlisted Nominees for Innovative Student Projects Award 2022

International/National Conferences/Seminars being organized by IITs/other Institutions

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Honours and Awards

1 Prof Herbert Gleiter, Prof Dr Dr hcmult, KIT, Institut für Nanotechnologie, Helmholtz, Germany, a Foreign Fellow of INAE was elected to be awarded the highly regarded Stookey Prize of Discovery for the year 2022. Moreover, the Chinese Academy of Science has decided to found – by the end of 2022 – a new and very large research center at Sheyang called the Herbert Gleiter International Laboratory (HGIL). This center will focus its work on a new kind of non-crystalline solids, so called nanoglasses. It will have a size of about 600 scientists. The HGIL is designed to co-operate strongly with research laboratories within China as well as from abroad. Prof Gleiter is in contact with several colleagues from India to initiate cooperations of that kind between the HGIL and groups from India.
2 Prof Mahesh Tandon, FNAE, Managing Director, Tandon Consultants Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi has been awarded the Life Time Achievement Award for the year 2020 for his outstanding contributions for Highway Engineering profession by Indian Roads Congress. The award was conferred during the Inaugural Function of the 81st Annual Session held on October 8, 2022 at Lucknow.

News of Fellows

1 Prof Sanjit K. Mitra, a Foreign fellow of INAE and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of California, USA has been elected a member of the Academia Europaea.
2 Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy, FNAE formerly Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO, Ministry of Defence has been appointed as Scientific Adviser to Raksha Mantri.
3 Dr. Samir V. Kamat, FNAE formerly Distinguished Scientist and Director-General,Naval Systems & Materials, DRDO, has been appointed as Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development (DRDO).
4 Prof M Balakrishnan, FNAE, Honorary Professor, CSE Department, IIT Delhi was inducted as an ACM Fellow during the last ACM Annual Award Ceremony.
5 Prof. Sankar K. Pal, FNAE, National Science Chair, SERB, Govt. of India; ISI Emeritus Professor; Center for Soft Computing Research, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata has been elected as the President of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) for the term 2022-2024 and also Member, European Academy of Sciences & Arts.
6 Prof Yogesh M Joshi, FNAE, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur became the first Indian to be elected as a Fellow of the Society of Rheology.

News of INAE Staff:

Late Dr Pandurang Khankhoje, Maternal grandfather of Dr Geetanjali Sawhney, Senior Research Officer, INAE; Freedom Fighter, honoured by Lok Sabha Speaker, Shri Om Birla who unveiled his bust at Mexico

Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla, who led an Indian Parliamentary delegation to Mexico, unveiled a bust of freedom fighter Dr Pandurang Khankhoje, maternal grandfather of Dr Geetanjali Sawhney, Senior Research Officer at INAE Office at Chapingo University in Mexico on September 2, 2022. Speaking on this occasion, the Speaker recalled that Dr Pandurang Khankhoje was an outstanding Indian revolutionary, scholar, agricultural scientist and statesman who was among the founding fathers of the Ghadar Party. While contributing to the prosperity of agriculture in Mexico, he brought about socio-economic change in the lives of millions of people. Shri Birla hailed Khankhoje as a true inspiration for posterity who will continue to define Mexico’s journey towards development. “At a time when martyrs like Dr Khankhoje are being remembered and efforts are being made in India to bring their life journey as an inspiration for others, we have made his memory lasting forever for the people of India and Mexico by paying our heartfelt tributes to him,” the Speaker said.

Some news links on the occasion are given below:

https://www.dailypioneer.com/2022/india/birla-unveils-freedom-fighter-pandurang-khankhoje—s-bust-in-chapingo-university-in-mexico.html

https://theprint.in/world/lok-sabha-speaker-unveils-bust-of-pandurang-khankhoje-inaugurates-india-mexico-friendship-garden/1114248/

http://www.uniindia.com/news/india/lok-sabha-speaker-visits-mexico/2814303.html

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