Month: July 2019

Welcome aboard

Welcome aboard

At IIT Kharagpur, the week started with the Director, Prof. Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya, delivering his welcome address to 1st year students and their parents at the Netaji auditorium. On the weekend, many of them had strolled through the campus, visiting the hostels and the other popular spots. The Director congratulated the parents and reassured them that they were leaving their children in safe hands and that there was every possibility that IIT KGP would soon turn out to be a “better place than home” for many of them. He said, “We take utmost care that the students live comfortably and…
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In conversation with Emma

In conversation with Emma

Emma Bancroft Toner, a fourth year UG student from the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo, was at IIT Kharagpur this summer to conduct her research on “Female Empowerment: Exploring the Influence of Living and Working in Informal Settlements”. Emma was here on a MITACS grant and her supervisor was Prof. Priyadarshi Patnaik of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Emma immensely enjoyed her stay at IIT Kharagpur and was thankful that she had been given the opportunity to collect and work with primary data. Still the sprightly teenager, I found Emma at the Technology Guest…
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It’s Time for Young Innovators

It’s Time for Young Innovators

India Today    Economic Times     Business Standard    NDTV    Jagran Josh    Amar Ujala     Millenium Post     Indian Express     DataQuest    Jagran Josh (2) IIT Kharagpur has launched the Young Innovators Program 2019, a global science and technology competition empowering greenhorns to solve real-life challenges through innovations. Registration for the third edition of this popular event has started on July 18, 2019. YIP is a unique program of IIT Kharagpur aimed at igniting the innovative young minds of school children. The competition aims to recognize the creative ability of students studying in classes VIII -…
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Ways of being

Ways of being

Star Tribune Subbiah Ramalingam (1956/BTech/ME), Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, passed away on February 9, 2019. Fondly called Dr Ram, or simply Ram, by his legions of admirers, friends and well-wishers, he enjoyed a distinguished career as a researcher and teacher, spanning half a century. His major research included modelling thin films for tribological applications, intelligent sensors, real-time sensing for manufacturing automation, solid lubricants, thin film deposition processes and coating technology, machining theory, metal forming, and manufacturing automation. He is regarded as one of the pioneers in the study of machining processes,…
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FRSC for Kgpian Praveen Linga

FRSC for Kgpian Praveen Linga

Prof. Praveen Linga, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) for his contribution in the field of chemical sciences. Prof. Linga is Associate Professor Dean's Chair at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS). He did his M.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT Kharagpur 2002. His received his doctoral degree from UBC, Vancouver. Prof. Linga's research interests include Gas hydrates, Carbon Dioxide Capture, Storage and Utilization, LNG Cold Energy Utilisation and Energy Storage, District Cooling and Seawater Desalination. He is championing three hydrate technologies for desalination, gas storage and data-centre…
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Smart Sensors for Smarter India @SIH2019

Smart Sensors for Smarter India @SIH2019

India Today    Millennium Post    The Week    Business Standard    Indian Express From life-saver to asset-tracker to theft-preventer, SIH 2019 Hardware edition at IIT Kharagpur witnessed prototype sensor development for a wide array of industrial challenges. 93 green horns from seven states participated in this week-long national competition where they were posed challenges by Ministry of Coal and Garden Reach Shipbuilding Yard to develop industry-scale hardware solutions ranging from Smart Communication to Smart Vehicles, from Security and Surveillance to Miscellaneous technological ideas related to tertiary sectors. This is the first time that public and private sector companies have…
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FRS for IIT KGP Alumnus

FRS for IIT KGP Alumnus

  India Today Dr. Sudipta Seal, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur has been recently elected as the Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry for his contributions in the field of Chemical Sciences. Dr. Seal specializes in the areas of Nanomaterials processing and characterization, Nanobiotechnology, Materials for optics, sensors, coatings, fuel cells, Oxidation/Corrosion, Surface Science and Engineering and Chemical Mechanical Planarization. He is at present Department Chair of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Seal graduated from IIT Kharagpur in 1990 with B.Tech. in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering. He did MS in Metallurgy from the University of Sheffield…
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Learning through Hackathon

Learning through Hackathon

India Today      Careers 360     Outlook    The Quint     Business Standard    The Week     Silicon India     NDTV     Hindustan Times The week-long Hardware Edition of Smart India Hackathon 2019 started at IIT Kharagpur on July 8, 2019. 14 teams from 7 states, Assam, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal are participating in this PAN India competition. In Smart India Hackathon-2019 Hardware edition, problems are broadly based on Agriculture & Rural Development, Food Technology, Waste Management, Clean Water, Renewable Energy, Healthcare & Biomedical devices, Smart Vehicles, Robotics and Drones, Security…
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Where there’s a will…

Where there’s a will…

Careers360 An AI-based intelligent traffic control system could revolutionize traffic management in India. Already, the Delhi Traffic Police are mulling over the matter. At IIT Kharagpur, an undergraduate student team  -Bits n Bytes – presented an exhaustive model of such an AI system based on real time traffic feed and lifted the top prize at the up.AI Challenge recently. The up.AI Challenge is what can be called the ‘endgame’ of the up.AI summit that was held at the IIT Kharagpur campus last October (https://www.kgpchronicle.iitkgp.ac.in/eat-pray-love-artificial-intelligence/). After a week-long jamboree in 2018 that saw a congregation of close to a thousand students,…
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My life, My time @IITKgp

My life, My time @IITKgp

Puran Dang (1959/B.Tech/CE/RP) is Founder and Senior Advisor at Minuteman Group LLC, Lexington, Massachusetts. He is also a respected community leader and founder of many organizations such as the first IIT Alumni Group in the world, and a founding team member of TIE-Boston. He is Chairman Emeritus of MIT Heritage of the Arts of South Asia, and global ambassador of Akshaya Patra, which serves hot lunch to poor children in India and Nepal. Dang was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by his alma mater in 2010. His bittersweet memories: My life has been a strange amalgam of many happy and…
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