Inspiring the Future Generation: NWEF 2016

Inspiring the Future Generation: NWEF 2016

Mitesh Mishra | Mar 28, 2016

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The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, NIT Rourkela Chapter in association with the Department of Mechanical Engineering organised the National Workshop on Engineering for the Future (NWEF) during March 25-27, 2016. The workshop aimed at motivating and inspiring the students in high schools and those pursuing a diploma in engineering, in and around Rourkela, towards Engineering Research. The programme commenced with Prof B.B. Bhattacharya, FNAE, Chairman (RC), CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad and Former Director, ISM Dhanbad inaugurating the workshop on the 25th of March in the presence of the Guest of Honour and an alumnus of our institute, Shri Subhendu Das, Executive Director (Projects), Rourkela Steel Plant, SAIL, Professor S.K. Sarangi, Director, NIT Rourkela and Prof S.S. Mahapatra HOD, Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The next three days saw talks being delivered on a varied range of topics including the talks by keynote speakers, Prof Sunil K. Sarangi, Prof. Suman Chakraborty, a Bhatnagar Awardee and Head, School of Medical Science & Technology, IIT Kharagpur and Dr Bimal Prasad Scientist, Chief Scientist, CSIR-IMMT Bhubaneswar on “Cryogenics”, “The fascinating world of materials” and “New Generation Microfluidic Devices: Towards Make in India” respectively. The workshop also featured the plenary address on the topic Journey to Antarctica: Adventure and Science delivered by Prof B.B. Bhattacharya who advised the students to take science in an adventurous spirit and not be shy of taking risks. The programme also included five invited and five contributed talks delivered by the distinguished faculty members of NIT Rourkela. Besides the lectures, laboratory visits were also arranged for the students. These included the visits to the Cryogenics Laboratory, coordinated by Prof Suraj K. Behera, the Automation Laboratory, coordinated by Prof B.B.V.L. Deepak and the I.C. Engines laboratory, coordinated by Shri N.P. Barik. A survey was also conducted amongst the student delegates to understand their perception about engineering education followed by an interactive session.

The programme concluded with a valedictory session presided over by Prof Suman Chakraborty, a Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize Awardee in Engineering Science, a fellow of a number of science/engineering academies and the holder of the INAE Chair Professorship at IIT Kharagpur. While motivating students, Prof Chakraborty stressed upon the need for Discover in India as an essential need for Make in India. Following the talk, student participants were awarded certificates for being a part of the three day programme.

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