INAE Annual Convention 2017

INAE Annual Convention 2017

The Annual Convention of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) was held on Dec 15-17, 2017 TCS, SIPCOT IT Park, Siruseri, Chennai. The Convention commenced with the Inaugural Session on Dec 15, 2017 during which Mr. K Ananth Krishnan, Executive Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, TCS, Chennai delivered the Welcome Address. This was followed by the Presidential Address by Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE. The highlight of the event was the Address by the Chief Guest, Mr. N Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons, Mumbai who with his enlightening and inspiring words enthralled the august audience comprising of Fellows of INAE, awardees, special invitees and delegates from TCS, Chennai. The Key-note Address was delivered by Mr. Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO, TCS which was followed by the Special Induction Ceremony of INAE Fellows from Industry by Dr. BN Suresh, President, INAE for those Fellows who could not be present at the Annual General Body meeting due to their pressing engagements. The citations were read out by Prof. Indranil Manna, Vice-President, INAE. A new interactive and user friendly INAE website was launched by Mr. N Chandrasekaran and Dr. BN Suresh at the end of the Inaugural Session. The Vote of Thanks was proposed by Brig Rajan Minocha, Executive Director, INAE.

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 15-16, 2017. The list of the technical presentations by Fellows and Young Engineers are given below.

Presentations by Newly Elected Fellows on Dec 15-16, 2017

Dr. Jayanta Chattopadhyay Full scale component to miniature specimen tests and analysis – Some research findings on material and fracture mechanics issues
Prof. Ashok M Raichur Towards development of better therapeutic delivery systems using engineered nanostructured materials
Mr. P Kunhikrishnan Launch Complex System – The Way Forward
Prof. CS Desai Mechanics, Physics and Philosophy of Materials: Constitutive Modeling with the Disturbed State Concept (DSC)
Prof.  R Rengasamy Process Systems Engineering – A key to Many Locks
Dr. SC Sharma Indigenous Capacity Building for High Temperature Materials for Space
Dr. J Nayak Indigenous Development and Commercialization of Fiber Optic Gyroscopes for Control and Navigation Applications- A Success Story
Prof. AR Mohanty Acoustical Materials for Noise Control
Mr SK Soonee Challenges of Evolving Indian Power Grid
Prof. Rangan Banerjee Modelling of Energy Systems
Mr VVR Sastry ABCD Technologies for career growth
Prof. Anil D Sahasrabudhe Transformation of engineering education in India
Prof. Mahesh Kumar Role of Microgrids in Current Energy Scenario of India and the World
Prof. Ravi Shankar Engineering a supply chains for growth of our nation
Prof. GA Kottantharayil Performance Losses in Photovoltaic Modules Operating in the Field
Mr. S Pandian Indigenous design and development of state of the art industrial Hypersonic Wind Tunnel and Shock Tunnel
Mr. JD Patil Contribution to development of Indigenous Defence Industry
Prof. PK Tewari Low Carbon Desalination and Water Purification
Prof. P P Mujumdar Urban Floods : An Evolving Engineering Challenge
Prof. Ligy Philip Remediation of Contaminated Water, Soil and Aquifers
Dr. Indranil Chattoraj Hydrogen effects in material degradation
Dr. Sriram K. Rajamani Designing Robust Software: From Theory To Practice
Prof. Sunil Nath An Engineering Approach to Biology at the Molecular Level
Prof. Laxmidhar Behera The Robotic Intelligence – Challenges and Opportunities
Dr. Archana Sharma Indigenous Development of Multi-Gigawatt Pulsed Power System and Applications
Dr. Akhilesh Gupta Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events in India
Dr. Manav Bhatnagar Feedback-Based Free-Space Optical Communication
Prof. Hema A Murthy The importance of group delay functions in speech synthesis

Presentations by INAE Young Engineer Awardees/ INAE Innovator Entrepreneur Awardee on Dec 15-16, 2017

Dr. Praveen Kumar Effect of Electric Field on Time-Dependent and Time-Independent Mechanical Properties of CNT Forests
Mr. Naimesh R Patel Design and Development of Refocusing System For Indian High Resolution Imaging Satellites
Dr. Supreet Saini Predicting evolution of antibiotic resistance
Mr. Tanuj Jhunjhunwala (INAE Innovator Entrep. Awardee) India’s first Commercial and Indigenous Underwater Robotic inspection and Survey Solutions
Dr. Sandeep Anand Non-invasive Techniques for Health Monitoring of Capacitor in Single Phase Solar Inverter
Dr. Aritra Hazra Leveraging Formal Methods For Design Certification of Integrated Circuits: Beyond Functional Correctness
Dr. Sushmee Badhulika Nanomaterials based low cost flexible and wearable electronics for healthcare
Dr. Arpita Patra Multi-party Computation
Dr. Poonam Kumari Three-Dimensional Solutions for Hybrid laminates Subjected to Arbitrary Boundary Conditions using Extended Kantorovich Method
Dr. Samaresh Das Silicon Based Efficient Scalable Photodetectors and Gas Sensors

Award Function on Dec 15, 2017

The Grand Award Ceremony was held on the evening of December 15, 2017. Five theses at Doctoral level, Five Theses at Master’s Level and 10 Projects at Bachelor’s Level were conferred the Innovative Student Projects Award. Ten nomineeswere conferred the INAE Young Engineer Award 2017. Dr. Mandava Mohana Rao and joint awardees Mr Tanuj Jhunjunwala and Dr Vinay Kumar were conferred the INAE Innovator Entrepreneur Awards 2017

Prof Ganapati Panda and Prof S Narayanan were conferred the INAE Outstanding Teachers Award 2017

Prof Ganapati Panda being conferred the INAE Outstanding Teachers Award 2017 by Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE

Prof S Narayanan being conferred the INAE Outstanding Teachers Award 2017 by Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE

Prof K Chattopadhyay and Prof SC Dutta Roy were conferred the Prof Jai Krishna Memorial Award and Prof SN Mitra Memorial Award 2017 respectively

Prof K Chattopadhyay being conferred the Prof Jai Krishna Memorial Award 2017 by Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE

Prof SC Dutta Roy being conferred the Prof SN Mitra Memorial Award 2017 by Dr BN Suresh, President, INAE

Mr Azim Hasham Premji and Prof TK Ghose were conferred the Life Time Contribution Award in Engineering 2017. However, both awardees could not attend the Award function for receiving the Award

Life Time Contribution Award in Engineering Awardees 2017

Sideline Meetings held on Dec 15-16, 2017

A Round Table Discussion meeting of selected Fellows was held on Dec 15, 2017 at TCS chaired by Dr. PS Goel, Past-President, INAE during which a Concept Paper on “Outcome of Engineer’s Conclave” and “ Make in India: How to make it happen” were discussed and deliberated.

Plenary Talks

Two enlightening Plenary talks were delivered during the INAE Annual Convention 2017. The First Plenary Talk was delivered by Padma Vibhushan Sangita Kalanidhi Dr Umayalpuram K Sivaraman on “Voyage of Mrudangam” who also gave a brief demonstration on the Mrudangam. The Second Plenary Talk was delivered by Shri S Somanath, Director, LPSC, Trivandrum on “Engineering Challenges in Development of High Thrust Cryogenic Engine”

Special Talk

A Special Talk was delivered by Mr. K Ananth Krishnan, Executive Vice-President & CTO, TCS on “TCS Research and Innovation Highlights” on Dec 15, 2017 wherein he gave a brief overview of the research and innovation activities undertaken by TCS, Chennai.

Cultural Programme

There was an entertaining musical cultural programme on Dec 15, 2017 during which engineers of TCS sang entertaining songs and played instrumental music which was appreciated by all.

Industry Session

An Industry Session was held on Dec 16, 2017 which featured Lectures by winners of INAE Innovator Entrepreneur Award as under

Dr. Vinay Kumar Next Generation Bio-sensing for Diabetes, Chronic Kidney Disease, Anaemia & Malnutrition
Dr. Mandava Mohana Rao Design and Development of 420 kV Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS)

Sideline Meetings of INAE Forums

The meetings of the INAE Forum on Energy Chaired by Dr Ajay Mathur and Forum on Engineering education, chaired by Prof Prem Vrat were held on Dec 16, 2017 on the sidelines of the INAE Annual Convention. The meetings were attended by the Members of the Forums and the special invitees.