The inauguration of The First Biennial Conference on Hybrid Electric and Automotive Technologies (HEAT-2021) was held at the PES University – Ring Road Campus. This event will span over 2 days (Oct 29 th and 30 th 2021) with experts from the industry and Academia addressing the students. This Conference is being conducted on a virtual reality platform.
Dr. M.R. Doreswamy, Chancellor of PES University sent his best wishes for the conference and Dr. Kaushik Basu, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IISc, Bangalore graced the occasion as Chief Guest in the esteemed presence of Mr P. Zachariah John, Senior Director, Breakthrough Initiatives, Garrett Motion Engineering Solutions Private Limited and Prof. D. Jawahar, Pro-Chancellor of PES University and CEO of PES Institutions as Guests of Honour.
Dr. Kaushik Basu mentioned that the topic of electrification of vehicles is very relevant to today’s scenario of pollution and complimented the organisers for arranging this Conference. Mr. P Zachariah John talked about the challenges of EV’s in Indian context. He deliberated the problems of battery driven vehicles in slow moving traffic and the rapid rate of discharge leading to low efficiency of the battery.
Keeping up with the spirit of the conference and as a part of the yearlong Golden Jubilee celebrations of PES institutions, Prof. D. Jawahar, laid out key ideas to ensure that all the 4 wheelers owned by PES University will be electric. He also motivated faculty members to switch over to electric vehicles & necessary help would be provided by giving subsidies to procure the EV’s by the Institution. The PESU RR campus has 1.2MW capacity of power generation using solar panels installed on roof top of 13 th floor B block which is used for lighting. It will be upgraded to 5 MW electricity generation by 2022-23 as an initiative towards sustainability.
The other dignitaries of the conference included Dr J Suryaprasad-Vice Chancellor PES University, K S Sridhar-Registrar, PES University, Dr T S B Sudarshan, Dean-Research, PES University, Dr V Krishna Dean-Student Affairs, PES University, General Chair-HEAT-21 and Dr N Rajesh Mathivanan Chairperson Department of Mechanical Engineering, PES University, Organising Chair HEAT-21.
Inauguration and orientation of First Year Classes for B.Tech/B.Arch/B.Pharma programs 2021-22 was held at the PES University campus. Dr. Pradipkumar Thaker, Country Head and Vice President, Marvell Semiconductors inaugurated the program. Dr. Kumar while addressing the students stated that success for achieving in life is different for different people. The students should hear to their inner voice. He said that the world is in a challenging situation, with Covid19 pandemic having affected everybody at a different level. The positive side of the crisis is the transformation of the virtual platform and digital connection. In the coming days, there will be more of artificial intelligence and machine learning that will facilitate everything. Innovation can facilitate the execution of business realities and it is the key to success to entrepreneurship. A relentless mission is important to fulfill the vision. Students and professionals should have the integrity to succeed in their life.
Dr. Pradeep Kumar lauded the city of Bangalore for its salubrious climate and the people which it is attracting from all parts of the country. It is also called the Silicon city as it houses a vast number of industries. He said that among 200 nations in the world, India stands out for its culture. Even during COVID India was able to produce its own vaccine to protect the citizens which is a remarkable achievement.
In his presidential address, Dr. M.R. Doreswamy, Chancellor of PES University spoke on the need for industry professionals joining academics and involving teaching activity in the New education policy should attract talented people to teaching and a closer relationship between industry and academia is the need of the hour. PES built a tradition of recognizing merit. And has so far has given Rs. 35 Crores as scholarship since the inception of the University. remembering that PES stands number one in placements in Karnataka amongst 210 Engineering colleges. 1458 students are placed already from the eligible list of 1550 students with the highest compensation being Rs. 1.5 Crore/annum. Dr. Doreswamy added that the new students should have Sir M. Visvesvaraiah as their role model to achieve success in life. Every student should be an asset, not only to his family but also to the nation. He urged students not only to be job seekers but also job providers or entrepreneurs. PES through its PESU venture labs is funding Close 1.5 Crores for those passionate in becoming entrepreneurs and start their new venture.
PES University Vice-Chancellor Dr. J. Suryaprasad welcomed the dignitaries and audiences. The dignitaries distributed the CNR Rao merit scholarships to the awardees. Dr. K.S. Sridhar, Registrar of PES University rendered the vote of thanks. Prof. D. Jawahar, Pro-Chancellor of PES University, and Prof. Ajoy Kumar, COO of PES University were also present on the Occasion.
Dr S V Satish spoke at an interactive session of the international meet-up of robotics and automation enthusiasts. As an invited panel speaker, he shared his perspective on Robotics and Automation during COVID-19. The meet-up in virtual mode that was held on Sep 18, 2020 and organised by IEEE RAS International Chapter hosted experts from Japan, India and Indonesia.
With his continued efforts and ambition to make significant and sustainable contributions to the industry globally, Raj Arjun has now received an offer to pursue his Master of Applied Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. His master’s research thesis is focused on human wrist biomechanics and has secured a full funding of $24,000 CAD per year.
Raj Arjun is a 2019 graduate student of Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering. He had worked under the guidance of his supervisor, Dr. Chandrashekara C V, Professor, Lead: Design Domain, Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has carried out extensive both Mechanical and interdisciplinary research in the virtual ‘Computational Vibration and Control Engineering Laboratory’. His final year dissertation is a comprehensive study on the issues related to lower back and neck pain among helicopter pilots arising from the helicopter rotor vibrations, which later received the award for the best project in the department. Subsequently, his team findings were published in several proceedings in national and international journals. Raj Arjun has presented his published research at scientific conferences held in Zittau, Germany in 2018, and Leipzig, Germany in 2019. He has also presented at national conferences held at the National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar in 2018, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi in 2019. Raj Arjun is set to travel to Canada.
Abhishek S and Rahul Krishna of 8th sem Mechanical Engineering, PES University, under the guidance of Dr. Jessy Nair, Associate Professor, Dept of MBA, presented a paper titled "Millennial State of Mind : Testing perceptual factors of aspirational luxury products among urban millennials in India" and won The best student research paper award at the International Conference On Marketing - MARKCON 2020 hosted by Indus Business Academy.