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11 female engineering students win ‘Women of Mettle’ Scholarship Programme

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11 female engineering students win ‘Women of Mettle’ Scholarship Programme

11 female engineering students win ‘Women of Mettle’ Scholarship Programme

Jamshedpur, June 13 : Tata Steel, today, announced the winners of its pioneering initiative, ‘Women of Mettle’ Scholarship programme, aimed at encouraging gender diversity in the manufacturing sector. In keeping with its commitment to the young generation, Tata Steel announced the scholarship programme, ‘Women of Mettle’ in January 2017. The programme aims to identify, groom and encourage female engineering talent for a sector that historically has imbalanced gender representation. Female students in their second year of engineering from select 45+ engineering institutes across India were invited to be a part of this initiative. Through a rigorous multi-phase process, a total of 30 candidates were selected for the 2-day finale, which witnessed an amazing showcase of talent, hard work and competitiveness.

Top 11 candidates emerged as the winners of the 2017 edition. The winners are eligible for a scholarship amount of Rs 2 lakh (Rs.1 lakh in the 3rd and 4th year respectively), internship opportunity in their third year, sponsorship to participate in technical conferences, a pre-placement job offer and mentorship from the senior leadership of the organisation. Speaking at the Grand finale of ‘Women of Mettle’ Scholarship programme, Suresh Dutt Tripathi, Vice President, HRM, Tata Steel said, “Our constant pursuit of excellence has enabled us to take up new challenges and set industry benchmarks. Building an equitable culture and a diverse leadership team is a responsibility we take seriously. Women of Mettle is one of the first programmes in the manufacturing industry where we not only provide scholarships but a career at Tata Steel.” The winners of the Women of Mettle Scholarship Programme 2017 edition are- Sharon Manvika Deva from NIT Warangal, Megharanjini, CET Bhubaneswar, Dedeepya Regatti, NIT Warangal, Khyati Mahatab, CET Bhubaneswar, Ragini Sreenath, IIT Madras, Subhashree Nayak, CET Bhubaneswar, Urja Agrawal, CET Bhubaneswar, Anupma Arya, NIT Jamshedpur, Daria Nair, IIT Madras, Saloni Ranjan, BIT Mesra and Aakanksha from IIT Kanpur. – Courtesy

Indian American Raja Chari, selected among 12 NASA astronaut candidates

By IANS | Washington |  8 June 2017 |

Raja Chari, who will report for duty in August this year, is from the state of Iowa who graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1999 with bachelor’s degrees in astronautical engineering and engineering science.

Raja Chari is a commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron and the director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

Indian American Raja Chari, a Lieutenant Colonel with the US Air Force, has been selected by space agency NASA among 12 astronaut candidates who will conduct research off the Earth for deep space missions. Chari, who will report for duty in August this year, is from the state of Iowa who graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1999 with bachelor’s degrees in astronautical engineering and engineering science. He continued on to earn a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and graduated from the US Naval Test Pilot School. Currently, he is a commander of the 461st Flight Test Squadron and the director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California. After receiving a record-breaking number of applications — 18,000 — to join an exciting future of space exploration, NASA on Wednesday picked 12 — its largest astronaut class since 2000. Vice President Mike Pence joined NASA leaders as they introduced the members of the 2017 astronaut class during an event at the agency’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston. “These are 12 men and women whose personal excellence and whose personal courage will carry our nation to even greater heights of discovery and who I know will inspire our children and our grandchildren every bit as much as your forebears have done so in this storied American programme,” said Pence. “And to this newest class of astronauts, it’s my honour to bring the sincere congratulations of the 45th President of the US, Donald Trump. Your President is proud of you, and so am I,” the Vice President added.

The astronaut candidates will return to Johnson in August to begin two years of training. Then they could be assigned to any of a variety of missions, including: performing research on the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft built by commercial companies, and departing for deep space missions on NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket. “We look forward to the energy and talent of these astronauts fueling our exciting future of discovery,” said acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot in a statement. “Between expanding the crew on board the space station to conduct more research than ever before, and making preparations to send humans farther into space than we’ve ever been, we are going to keep them busy,” he said. With the addition of these 12 members, NASA now has selected 350 astronauts since the original Mercury 7 in 1959. “These women and men deserve our enthusiastic congratulations,” said astronaut and Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa. The 12 new candidates include six military officers, three scientists, two medical doctors, a lead engineer at SpaceX and a NASA research pilot. – Courtesy

A planet is named after this Bengaluru girl of Inventure Academy (Sahithi Pingali). Here’s why

Jun 08, 2017 |  Times Now |  A planet is named after this Bengaluru girl. Here’s why |

Bengaluru: While all of us aim for the skies, Sahithi Pingali, a class 12 student of Inventure Academy, Bengaluru goes a step higher and marks a planet by her name instead. Sahithi joined an elite league of people to have a minor planet in the Milky Way named after them, after excelling in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world’s largest pre-college science competition. Ms. Pingali presented her paper, — “An Innovative Crowdsourcing Approach to Monitoring Freshwater Bodies”— based on her experiences after having developed an integrated mobile phone app and lake monitoring kit that obtains data through crowdsourcing. It wasn’t just an award at ISEF that she won. The Lincoln Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which has the right to name minor planets, decided to name a planet after her after she came within the top 3% of ISEF. While the Indian contingent took home 21 awards in all, Ms. Pingali won three awards and was awarded “overall second place” in the Earth and Environment Sciences category. “I definitely didn’t see this coming. I was expecting one special award at most. I haven’t yet digested the fact that I have a planet named after me,” she told The Hindu.

Currently, she is pursuing an internship at the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department of the University of Michigan to further improve her method to detect water pollution. “I want to make it more accurate and expand it to detect arsenic,” she said. Her work on Varthur Lake has already seen her get a Gold Medal at ISWEEEP (The International Sustainable World Engineering Energy Environment Project) Olympiad at Houston (U.S.), earlier this year. She is currently pursuing an internship at the University of Michigan, where she’s working with Ph.D. students and professors in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. – Courtesy     /    Read More …https://www.societyforscience.org/content/press-room/intel-international-science-and-engineering-fair-2017-grand-award-winners

Hacking up apps : NASA Space Apps Challenge 2017

The New Indian Express | Unnikrishnan S  |  Express News Service  |   07th May 2017 |

EcoSnap team which was selected for Global nomination

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Detecting fire in the wild is always a tough task. Often the alert comes in late and by the time fire fighting begins a large number of flora and fauna get destroyed. It is a global issue and any cost-effective solution naturally gets attention. Ani Sam Varghese and his team became the People’s Choice Winner in the recently held NASA Space Apps Challenge, touted as the largest hackathon, in the city.
Compared to the expensive solution of a geo synchronous satellite, the team from Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology in Nalanchira developed Low Earth Orbit Thermal Imaging System (LEOTIS) involving multiple sensors for accurate forecasting of fire and geographic mapping of terrain for emergency services. It can detect and track forest fires and alert local public through nodal stations. Public can also share events of uncontrolled fire though the companion app. Ani is a technical assistant at his alma mater. He took up the challenge with his students and a former batchmate Joji John Varghese, who now works at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. Harikrishnan, Abhinand S, Naveen S are computer science engineering students of the college.  The 48-hour hackathon challenge was put forward by the US space agency NASA to develop solutions that could contribute to space exploration missions and help improve life on Earth. Over 200 youngsters with a technical bend of mind registered for it. Technopark in Thiruvanathapuram was one of the three locations in country to host the hackathon after Delhi, Chennai and Hyderabad. Each location has three winners including popular choice winner.

Redleet team is the People’s Choice Winner

Global Nominees

Students of the College of Engineering also came up with impressive performance this year. The team consisting of first and second year students of the college developed a crowd sourcing application, EcoSnap, for tracking invasive species in the neighbourhood over time. The team has been selected a global nominee. “The app helps people to track the movement of species. Movement happens when there is a change in the ecology and tracking it would help understand ecological problems,” said Vishnu S Nair who is a student of Applied Electronics engineering in CET. For the Kovalam native it is the second global nomination. Other team members include Athul Krishna A, Hari Nair, Abhijith Nandagopal and Amal Ashok.  The second global nomination went to the team Gryphons. They created an application called ‘Sunshine’ which helps people understand energy output from a solar panel, and a tool to plan energy consumption based on expected energy output from solar technologies. Ajaz Sidhiq, Daniel James, Amal S Raj and Amrith M are the team members. –  Courtesy   /     https://2017.spaceappschallenge.org/locations/kerala/       –      https://2017.spaceappschallenge.org/

Social changes brought girls in engineering: Sudha Murthy

The Financial Express | PTI | Kolkata |  March 25, 2017 | Opinion |

Philanthropist and author Sudha Murthy today wondered how social changes in the past 50 years has brought a large number of women in engineering and other fields.

Philanthropist and author Sudha Murthy today wondered how social changes in the past 50 years has brought a large number of women in engineering and other fields. At present, 35-40 per cent of IT sector employees are women while she had been the only girl student doing Electrical Engineering in Karnataka decades ago. “There have been lot of social changes in engineering sector as well as in other fields including IT since my day as the only engineering student in university,” Murthy, chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, told PTI.  “And now when I visited the same place after over five decades, what a change it was! 75 cent girls in instrumentation, 75 per cent in electronics, almost 70 per cent in computer science,” she said after being conferred the ICC Lifetime Achievement Award here. Recalling her days in the university, she said there was not a single girls’ toilet in the institution and when she had approached the authorities on this, they refused to build the facility on the ground that there was no guarantee a woman would pursue her studies in engineering stream.

Philanthropist and author Sudha Murthy today wondered how social changes in the past 50 years has brought a large number of women in engineering and other fields. At present, 35-40 per cent of IT sector employees are women while she had been the only girl student doing Electrical Engineering in Karnataka decades ago. “There have been lot of social changes in engineering sector as well as in other fields including IT since my day as the only engineering student in university,” Murthy, chairperson of the Infosys Foundation, told PTI.  “And now when I visited the same place after over five decades, what a change it was! 75 cent girls in instrumentation, 75 per cent in electronics, almost 70 per cent in computer science,” she said after being conferred the ICC Lifetime Achievement Award here. Recalling her days in the university, she said there was not a single girls’ toilet in the institution and when she had approached the authorities on this, they refused to build the facility on the ground that there was no guarantee a woman would pursue her studies in engineering stream. “Today’s women are more assertive, have lot more economic power and more vocal,” she said. “When I had opted for engineering, I was told by my family that no man will marry you if you go for the stream. Now can anyone say that?,” she asked.  Murthy, whose Infosys Foundation is involved in philanthropic work, said her dream remained to provide three-time meal to every child in rural area, four dresses and help to study and pursue vocation. She said that the Infosys Foundation has set up 14,000 toilets in South India and set target for 60,000 libraries. To a question about her icon in life, Murthy, the wife of Infosys co-founder N R Narayanmurthy, said, “I never believed in icons. I always believed (that) correcting yourself is most important.” The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) said it was a great privilege to bestow lifetime honour on Murthy whose Infosys Foundation has made India proud at home and abroad. –  Courtesy

Megha Engineering enters Limca Book of Records for river linking project

The Economic Times |  ET Bureau |  Mar 25, 2017 |

HYDERABAD: Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Ltd (Meil), the Hyderabad headquartered infrastructure firm, has entered the Limca Book of Records for fastest completion of river linking project of Pattiseema in Andhra Pradesh, linking rivers Krishna and Godavari. Meil, which currently has over Rs 54,000 crore of construction orders on hand in irrigation, drinking water supply, sewerage treatment, roads, power and hydrocarbon, had completed the river linking project within a year in March last year. According to the Limca Book of Records, it is “the first such irrigation project in the country to be completed in time and without any budget enhancements.” The Pattiseema lift irrigation scheme has one of the largest pump houses in Asia with 24 pumping units spread across 7,476 square metres with a combined capacity to discharge 240 cubic metres of water per second. While pumps were supplied by Kirloskar Company and WPIL, the motors for the Rs 1,300 crore of project were provided by BHEL and Shanghai Electric Company. Under the project, meant to benefit the farmers in the Krishna River Delta area, the pumps deliver water drawn from river Godavari at Pattiseema into Polavaram project main canal. Pattiseema lift irrigation project was among few others whose timely execution helped the Hyderabad headquartered infrastructure firm report impressive growth in both topline and bottomline during FY2016. Meil had reported a revenue of Rs 8,454 crore during the fiscal ended March 2016, a growth of 34.9% over Rs 6,265 crore in the previous fiscal. During the year, the company has also reported highest growth of 55.4% in net profit at Rs 1,152 crore (Rs 741.2 crore) – Courtesy /   http://meil.in/

Elsevier NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards 2017

The Scopus Young Scientist Awards were first launched by Elsevier in 2006. In 2009, India officially adopted the program within its scientific community through Elsevier’s collaboration with NASI. The program honors young researchers who are building their careers in academic research, helping them gain recognition for their work. As of 2016, 92 winners across nine scientific disciplines have been announced.
The NASI – Scopus Young Scientist of the year will receive:

• A citation & a plaque
• Cash prize of INR 75,000

This year NASI Scopus Awards would support & align with national missions of Startup India, Healthy India and Clean India. If your research (both basic and applied) is empowering or can be a helpful technological tool for the above mentioned national missions, do not forget to mention it in your application as it can give your application an additional weightage.
Awards were given in the following 9 areas of Science, Technology & Medicine:
Agriculture
Biological sciences
Chemistry
Earth, Oceanographic & Environmental Studies
Engineering
Mathematics
Medicine
Physics
Social Sciences
Criteria for Application
An Indian citizen, residing and working in India
Have completed atleast PhD/MD or equivalent degree
Must be born on or after January 1st, 1977.
Application Process-
We would like to express our gratitude to the Indian scientific community for their immense support for NASI Scopus Awards in the year 2016. We received hundreds of applications this year across 9 different subject categories.
More than 600 applications were submitted for the 2016 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards from researchers of premier academic institutions across India. Elsevier provided quantitative analyses from Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, and applications were judged by a panel of 32 subject experts from India’s academic community on criteria as:
• Quality and number of publications

• Nature and uniqueness of research

• Outcomes of research

• Impact on society

• Vision of the researcher

Address for sending the documents:

Manish Uniyal
Marketing Manager – South Asia
Elsevier Research Solutions
14th Floor, Building No: 10B
DLF Cyber City, Phase II, Gurgaon 122002, India

The last date for physical receipt of the application is 15th May, 2017

http://southasia.elsevier.com/elsevierdnn/in/ScopusAward2017/tabid/3051/Default.aspx

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The 43 most powerful female engineers of 2017

Business Insider India | Julie Bort | February 23, 2017  |

In honor of National Engineer’s week (February 19-25), we bring you our annual shout-out to the most powerful women engineers in tech. Yes, the tech industry is doing a well-documented terrible job in attracting women into engineering . And once they enter this male-dominated world, some women are subject to some appalling sexism and/or sexual harassment. But that only tells part of the story. There are also women who are leading important tech teams at important companies. And there are women who are building cool cutting-edge technologies at startups. In other words, there are women having fabulous careers at engineers, building the technology that millions of people use on a daily basis. With that in mind, here are 43 powerful women who are developers, designers, engineering directors, bio scientists, nuclear scientist and rocket scientists.   Click Here to Read More…

SDM Engineering College students create Guinness World Record with Rubik’s cube

Daiji World | February 20 2017 | Daijiworld Media Network – Beltangady (SP)  |

Beltangady, Feb 20: The Guinness Book of World Records has recognized the creation of giant Rubik’s cube with mosaic of famous personalities, Charlie Chaplin and Mr Bean, on two sides, as a new world record. Prathvish, a student of SDM Engineering College, had led the feat in which 4,500 Rubik’s cubes were used.

Speaking after handing over the certificate of recognition issued by the Guinness Book of World Records, Dharmasthala Dharmadhikari, Dr D Veerendra Heggade said, “We have been extending support and encouragement to arts and other hobbies of students in addition to imparting education in SDM group of educational institutions. The RUDSET institute being run by the group has won national acclaim. SDM Educational Society has always been backing such achievements.” Dr Hegggade stated that cubes used for this achievement have already been distributed to 500 students, duly imparting them training on how to solve the cube. He said that remaining 4,000 cubes will also be given to students. He wished that this art, which fortifies intelligence, will spread far and wide.

Prathvish K Bhat, final year student of SDM Engineering College, who deserves full credit for creating this record, said that under his guidance, students had created pictures on 14.981 square metres as against the minimum yardstick of 13.41 square metres prescribed by the Guinness. Shivaprasad Ajila, Prof Ganapati Bhat Kulamarva and Vivek Prasad Mada had taken part during the feat as records category experts. Dr Heggade handed over certificates to Prathivsh and also 20 other students who had helped him in the task by assembling the cubes into different formations. Hemavathi V Heggade, secretary of SDM Educational Society, Dr B Yashovarma, college principal, Dr Suresh, teaching faculty, Dr S P Hegde, Prof Satyanarayana, Prof Manoj T Gadiyar, parents of Prathvish and others were present. –  Courtesy

IIMT sets record of first engineering manuscript

Times of India | TNN |  Feb 17, 2017 |

GREATER NOIDA: Over 3000 students of IIMT Group of Colleges on Thursday set a record for penning the first engineering manuscript consisting 11616 pages. The mega event was recorded by Golden Book of World Records, an International platform that recognises unique achievements.

Rahul Goyal, Director of IIMT Group of Institutions, claims that there is no handwritten book in engineering. Taking a cue from handwritten religious scriptures Goyal said, “People have shifted to the digital and electronic format of books. We decided to organise a mega exercise to prepare and preserve a manuscript.”- Courtesy