Leaving a Mark: Dr. S. Murugan

Leaving a Mark: Dr. S. Murugan

Mitesh Mishra | Oct 12, 2015

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An amazing personality with a winning attitude, Dr. S. Murugan has it all. Coming from Vellore, a  city in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Murugan completed his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from Bharathidasan University, Trichy in 1989. After serving as a graduate engineer trainee in an industry at Chennai for a year, he did his Post Graduation in Thermal Sciences from College of Engineering ,Guindy, Chennai-the 1st Engineering College of India. Then he started his career as a lecturer at Trichy and then VIT, Vellore. His most notable contribution was to the Rajalakshmi Engineering College, Chennai, one of the top ten engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu now. Joining as one of the first employees, he went on to establish around 16 laboratories and organised more than 50 major industrial visits to organisations like ISRO, BHEL,NLC and heavy engineering industries in his 11 years of service. He did his Ph.D in the area  of “Alternate fuels for IC Engines” and later joiuned NITR. As Prof Murugan recalls,“I was interested to do research at a foreign university  since my post graduation. But I could not do due to some reasons”

Looking to fulfill this dream, he applied for a Post doc in 3 foreign universities. Inspite of a good CV and experience he was rejected at University of Dublin in the beginning of year 2014. He didn’t lose hope though and eagerly tried for post doc, in the Czech Republic and  the UK. Based on his CV and a telephonic interview he was offered a position as a visiting researcher at Cranfield university, UK. The position was fully sponsored by the prestigious Marie Curie International Staff Research Exchange Program. He worked there for two and half months between May 2014 and July 2014 and also published a  review article in a high impact factor Journal. After a short gap, he joined as a Post Doc in the Centre ENET, VSB Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic in Dec 2014. His research at VSB was fully focussed on utilisation of renewable energy sources. The work was on the subject area of “Advanced co generation systems” and he was involved in analysing  two different systems: Micro combined heat and power, (mCHP), trigeneration and polygeneration systems which aims at generating heat, power and cooling and also some value added chemicals and energy in some cases from heat recovery systems. During his ten months of post doc he worked basically on the implementation of the mCHP for residential buildings, i.e., using ACGS to make the buildings zero/ positive energy homes. He has submitted two review articles in a High Impact Journal “Renewable and sustainable energy reviews” and published a paper in a peer reviwed Journal. The titles of the two review articles are “Micro combined heat and power for residential buildings “and “A Review of tri and polygeneration systems”.  He has also presented a paper in conference at University of Valenciennes, France and two more at international conferences at Slovakia and Kazhakistan by his mentor.

On being asked on was his hectic professional life interfering with his personal one he stated,

When you do the things you love, you don’t count the hours.

 With a increasing number of  student exchange programmes he hopes that the research culture would improve in NITR. Even after a career spanning over two decades Dr. Murugan remains hungry for more and says that he still has a long way to go. Team MM wishes him good luck in all his future endeavours.

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