Penetrating Through the Impervious: The Microwave and Radar Engineering Lab.
Despite the ever-skyrocketing academic excellence that NIT Rourkela has achieved over the years it has never stopped ameliorating itself into a world-class university at any moment. In an attempt to add golden feathers to the crown that the Electronics and Communication department has adorned itself with, the honorable Director Prof. Animesh Biswas along with 8 research scholars recently constituted a new stream Microwave and Radar Engineering in the field of electronics and communication technology to meet the increasing demand of engineering society. There are 10 seats at present for the master’s degree. NIT Rourkela is currently the only NIT that has this specialization in its course. The department also witnessed the inauguration of Ground Penetrating Radar laboratory. Team MM caught up with Prof. Subrata Maiti who has been working in this field of research from the very beginning. Read on to find out the excerpts from the conversation.
Monday Morning: What is the purpose of this laboratory?
Prof. Subrata Maiti: Ground Penetrating Radar, as the name suggests, is used for underground investigations without destroying the object and putting mechanical effort to dig into the ground. It has varied applications in different fields of Science like Earth Science to study bedrock soils, groundwater and ice, Archeology to study used to detect and map subsurface archaeological artefacts, features, and patterning and futuristic advancements like landmine detections for the Army and Smart city Initiatives.
MM: Are there any courses that are planned to be taught in this laboratory?
SM: There is an introduction of new specialization Microwave and Radar engineering that has been newly inaugurated this year to provide various theory and laboratory courses which would help an Individual in the field of GPR applications. So, the facilities at present are limited to layer emitted detection, sand quality detection and water detection.
MM: Are there any PhD scholars working in the laboratory?
SM: There are currently two PhD scholars working under me and there is another Ph.D. student who is working under Prof L P Roy, in this field of signal processing, in this laboratory as well.
MM: How will this laboratory add on to the research facilities provided at NITR?
SM: Radar is an advanced field of research which will help us collaborate with various foreign universities and Industries for various projects which will thereby help the university in trekking greatest milestones. Since the Radar is diving into low frequencies it can, therefore, prove vital in various commercial projects too. The future of radar is certainly breezy in the engineering society.
MM: Any message that you would like to give our readers
The scope of GPR is multi-disciplinary. We are in a quest for research scholars, students and faculties who can actively contribute to this ever-widening field of research for the welfare and betterment of the society. We need mathematicians, material scientists, civil engineers and enthusiastic technocrats to make this initiative a grand success. So, I appeal all the students and researchers in NIT to conjugate their hands so that we can excel in this arena of technology.
So, the laboratory is functional since a month and has varied scopes in different fields of human applications like life detection and disaster management, Team MM looks forward to the day when the labortary will be provided with high end equipments and sophisticated machinery which will definitely take the research facilities of NITR to new peaks