Events

Frontiers and Challenges in Engineering

Date: November 29, 2017

On the evening of 29th November, 2017 a very special lecture was arranged in the atrium of SRM -AP. The honorary guests for the afternoon was Prof. K.N. Satyanarayana, director of IIT-Tirupati. and Prof. Damodaran, Vice Chancellor of S V University, Tirupati. The dignitaries were cordially welcomed by all the faculty and students. Prof. Satyanarayana addressed the students after the welcome address by the Pro-Vice Chancellor of SRM University. The director cautioned the students about the difficulties and challenges that they may encounter during the engineering and the ways to overcome the challenges. He emphasized the importance of students and faculty diversity in a University and the responsibilities vested on the pioneer batch of SRM -AP. He also shared his past experiences and encouraged the students to set high standards and to follow their dreams. Prof. Damodaran also motivated the students by accentuating the vast opportunities that are available to them. The speakers were able to persuade the audience to do something better and to make a better future.

Talk on CoE – SAT

Date: November 22, 2017

On the afternoon of 22nd November, 2017 a lecture was arranged in the atrium of SRM-Amaravati. The speaker was Dr. S Harini Priya, Associate Research professor, SRM – KTR who discussed the feasibility establishing a Center of Excellence in Solar Allied Technologies (CoE – SAT) at SRM – AP. With the support of the faculties and students, the centre will develop a solar cooling system of 5 KW capacity in Phase – I . This project will act as an impetus for the development of cost effective cooling system with 25KW capacity (Phase – II) to cater the growing needs of the farmers in the Amaravati region. With the proposed floor area of 140 m2 the cold storage will be able to approximately store 400 tons of vegetables, fruits and dairy products. The lecture was followed by question-answer session at the end.

Date: November 22, 2017

Dr. Ranjit Thapa, Associate Professor from SRM Research Institute, SRM University in his lecture on 22nd November 2017 introduces the development and need of supercomputers. He explained how the supercomputers are different from a general-purpose computer in respect of computational capacity. He explained how the scientific problems in different length scale and time scale can be solved via simulation in the computer clusters. He introduces how we can do simulation for energy management system for Hydrogen train and also how we can predict the behaviour of electron and atoms inside the materials. Shortly, in current date simulations can provide a fast way to screen the suitable materials and predict the performance of devices in a cost-effective way. SRM University has set up a supercomputer center equipped with servers contain 1870 cores and 16 TB of RAM to execute and solve the scientific problems (http://mysrm.srmuniv.ac.in/hpcc/). He also explained that in the emerging field of knowledge (data) based discovery of materials; the descriptor based approach has proven to be quite powerful in the design of new materials as well as obtaining insights into the chemical mechanisms. Within first-principles density functional theory, his group proposes new electronic structure based descriptor defined as a simple function of (i) the pz occupancy (considering occupied sates) and (ii) the contribution to the density of states at the Fermi Level from pz orbital of an active site of doped graphene. Lastly, he concluded with the note that “there are lots of job opportunities in the area of supercomputers and scientific computing and it is open for every student”.

Date: November 21, 2017

Adding another starmark to its glory, SRM team has once again come up with a revolutionary mega project-Jal-Janak Rail (Hydrogen Powered Train). A complete green, HYDROGEN powered TRAIN is proposed jointly by SRM University and Integral Coach Factory, Chennai.
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