The Unsurpassed Renditions: AIChE, NIT-R Chapter at Student Regional Conference

The Unsurpassed Renditions: AIChE, NIT-R Chapter at Student Regional Conference

Saumya Sinha | Sep 09, 2019

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 With the advent of the new academic year, AIChE NIT Rourkela Student Chapter yet again brought jewels for the NIT Rourkela crown and proved that there is more to an engineer than just books and exams. AIChE NIT Rourkela Chapter attended the South Asian Regional Student Conference held at MIT WPU, Pune on 30th and 31st of August. On their triumphant return, Team MM caught up with the president, Karan Saxena and Vice President, Ayushman Panda, of the club, where they shared their experiences. Here is the tale of their achievements,

The early conquests #Day1

The day started with the generic formality of registration followed by an introduction round. Marking the start of the conference held the Inauguration Ceremony which crammed dignitaries in the field of Chemical Engineering and AICHE officials. The chief guest of the ceremony was Prof. MM Sharma who is a very well renowned professor all over India. Companies like Kirloskar, Kajaria, Hikal, etc were the sponsors of the conference who organized an event called ‘Mock Placement’ where the participating students had to undergo a similar process which he/she would face during the placements. This was to familiarize students with the placement proceedings. Simran Chauhan, Content and General Relations Head of AICHE NIT R Student Chapter won the first prize in this event. The next workshop on the list was Comsol CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) Workshop which was based on this software. This is even a part of the curriculum in the 4th year of Chemical Engineering. 

Chem E-Car, the flagship event of AICHE was held on both the days of the conference. On the first-day poster presentation and safety inspection were done. The judges for the same were divided into two groups. The first group of judges were examining the mechanisms, the chemicals, the kinetics of reactions etc of the car while the second group was more concerned about the safety aspects. Ashish Kumar Omprakash was selected for Poster Presentation and Rahul Mohanty for Paper Presentation.

The end of the first day witnessed a cultural night where one of our students, Mohammed Hilal performed a song which was very well received by everyone.

With the soothing and tranquillizing cultural night, Day 1 of the conference came to an end leaving the participants, even more, exhilarated for the coming competitions and events.

The dominance prolongs #Day2

Day 2 started with the same fervour and sincerity. The first event of the day was Chem-E-Jeopardy where teams of four represented their college and competed against each other in a quiz competition. The team of Rahul Mohanty, Ayushman Panda, Shivasish Sahu and Kaustuv Ray came out victorious in the competition despite stiff competition from other teams. Becoming the runner’s up in Jeopardy, this team qualified to represent India at AIChE Annual Student Conference at Orlando, Florida in November this year which is indubitably a very big stroke.

On this, Kaustuv Ray, a sophomore participant in the Jeopardy said,

 The trip was really awesome. It was a great learning experience. We won several awards there. My team was the runners up in the chem e jeopardy competition for which we have been invited to Orlando, Florida to represent our institute in the ANNUAL STUDENT CONFERENCE to be held in November. Hope our AIChE student chapter scale great heights.


Next came the Chem-E-Safe where the Industries, present in the conference, provided a problem statement to the teams. Once again the students of NIT Rourkela proved their calibre and secured the second position. This team included Rahul Mohanty, Simran Chauhan, and S. Rutuparna.

Further, the conference moved on to the Chem-E-Car where a team of 17 students from our Institute participated.

After a short lunch break held the ESC meet where AIChE NIT Rourkela Student Chapter was unanimously selected to by all other student chapters host the next year’s SRC. No team stood against the NIT R student chapter but chose it as the host. This is absolutely a very big achievement for the team as no NIT has ever been selected as the host for this conference before!

The conference came to an end with the lecture by HIKAL(main sponsors).

One thing which I strongly believe and would like to say is that we should participate in as many conferences and events like this occurring in India as possible, owing to the fact that these things not just help us improve our personalities but also let us interact to people hailing from a variety of places. I would like to say this to all the clubs of our institute to participate in such national and international conferences as this helps an individual in countless ways. 


The vice president of the club, Ayushman Panda said,

The trip was quite informative and eye-opening. There were a lot of hurdles that we as a team faced but still managed to achieve extraordinary feats and it will always be a learning chapter of my life.


Event’s NameParticipant(s)Position Secured
Mock PlacementSimran ChauhanFirst position
Chem E Jeopardy Ayushman Panda, Rahul Mohanty, Shivasish Sahu, and Kaustuv RaySecond position
Chem E SafeRahul Mohanty, S. Rutuparna and Simran ChauhanSecond position
Poster Presentation CompetitionAshish Kumar OmprakashShortlisted
Paper Presentation CompetitionRahul MohantyShortlisted

After a big success on this scale, the team is fully galvanized to bring more and more laurels and recognitions to the Institute. On this Karan Saxena, the president of the club had this to say,

Attending the AIChE Regional Student Conference 2019 ( South Asia Region) was indeed a great experience for the whole team. It gave us the opportunity to interact with eminent Chemical Engineering professors like Prof. MM Sharma, various industrialists and our Chemical Engineering peers. Our team participated and performed exceptionally well in all the events at the conference. As a member of the Global Executive Student Committee of AIChE and as the President of our student chapter, the conference gave me an opportunity to interact with many AIChE Student Leaders of the South Asia Region. We were able to discuss various financial and technical issues that our chapters are facing and solutions for them.  We are very much excited to host AIChE RSC 2020 at NITR!

Team MM wishes AIChE organizes an extravagant RSC'20, which has heretofore never been organized by any NIT and hopes that they bring many more honours to NIT Rourkela.

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