The illuminating webinar on “Inspire the Inspired: Excellent Research Opportunity in SRM University – AP” was designed to describe the exciting research opportunities that are available at SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh. Prof. V.S. Rao, Vice-Chancellor, addressed the participants of the webinar with the opening remarks. He extended a warm welcome to the partakers, which was over 130. This impromptu webinar was organized to motivate the prospective Ph.D. students to join SRM AP for an illustrious career. Prof. V.S. Rao said, “SRM AP is pursuing the path of excellence by emphasizing research both in undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) level which played a crucial role in achieving the university’s aspiration to become an academy of distinction.” He highlighted that right from its inception, the University decided to recruit well-accomplished research-oriented faculty who have acquired a Ph.D. from reputed institutes or/and have international exposure. In its nascent stage, the faculty of SRM AP have published more than 200 papers in well-reputed journals with high Impact Factors.” Prof. V.S. Rao also applauded the incredible accomplishment of the faculty in getting 24 projects with a total outlay of Rs.12 crores from the Government of India Scientific Funding agencies in a short span. He added, “Committed, dedicated faculty working have worked relentlessly in the pursuit of excellence under the guidance of Prof. D. Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor, whose leadership has steered their efforts in the best direction.”

Prof. V.S. Rao concluded by mentioning that in India, research has taken a backseat as our nation is far behind other countries in producing Ph.D. students. “Now the time has come for higher education institutes to participate in Research and Development (R&D) by encouraging Ph.D. students. It is a matter of pride that at SRM AP, the faculty have involved undergraduate (UG) students in their research pursuits and publications.”, divulged Prof. V.S. Rao.

Prof. D. Narayana Rao asserted, “SRM AP provides exciting and challenging research opportunities that are of national importance and having social applications”. He welcomed all the participants of the webinar by explaining that the purpose of the webinar was to explicate the type of exciting research in frontline and emerging areas of science and technology being carried out at SRM AP. Through the webinar, he desired to motivate the students to join the Ph.D. programs at SRM AP by assuring them of an enviable career. He substantiated his statement by stating that all the faculty at SRM AP have obtained their Ph.D. from reputed institutes in India and abroad.

Prof. D. Narayana Rao initiated his presentation by displaying the model plan of SRM AP that is to be constructed in the next 5-10 years to explain the conducive environment offered at the university for creative thinking. Inaugurated on 15 July 2017, within 3 years, expert faculty with brilliant accomplishments and national and international characteristics have been associated with SRM AP. Prof. D. Narayana Rao described and explained various laboratories, experimental facilities, and world-class infrastructure of the university.

Prof. D. Narayana Rao informed the attendees of the webinar regarding the 132 faculty members, cross-cultural students, periodic research review meetings, and Active Learning centers at SRM AP which facilitates discussion among scholars and formation of innovative ideas. He added, “It is of honour and pride for our university to have INSPIRE faculty and students who have published journal papers having Impact Factor of more than 52. It is of prestige and privilege for any university to reach this stage within 3 years of its inception. We also involve UG students in research and one of them has developed Face Shield and patented the same.”

Prof. D. Narayana Rao enlightened about the collaborations of SRM AP with Indian Nanoelectronics User Program- The Indian Institute of Science (INUP-IISc), which would enable students to work at such centers, interact with faculty members of IISc, and expand their horizons of thinking and carrying out research. Prof. D. Narayana Rao declared that SRM AP has collaborated with National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL) of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in emerging areas of studies which are of paramount importance. He urged, “The students can explore these facilities and use the wisdom of many of the eminent personalities who would direct and guide students to conduct contemporary research.”

Prof. D. Narayana Rao notified the participants about the importance of Computational Materials. He said, “Previously, designing and developing materials used to take a decade. Now with computational materials, the same can be achieved in reduced time. SRM AP organized a conference with The Asian Consortium on Computational Materials Science (ACCMS) on 5th-6th February 2020. (For details, visit: https://srmap.edu.in/conferences/third-international-conference/)”. Prof. D. Narayana Rao further informed, “SRM AP has established centers in collaboration with Amara Raja Batteries to develop Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Dr. G. S. Vinod Kumar, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been working with Tanishq-Titan to develop lightweight jewellery using foam gold, which has also been filed for patenting. Apart from this, it is of extreme privilege that SRM AP is work in partnership with the Indian Railways to develop hydrogen infused trains”

Prof. D. Narayana Rao concluded by saying that SRM AP provides challenging and exciting research opportunities that cater to the industrial requirements. He motivated the prospective Ph.D. students to join SRM AP to develop vision, expertise, and commitment that would enable them to become leaders in their chosen areas of science and technology.

Further, the webinar steered students to seven breakout rooms where Dr. Goutam Kumar Dalapati represented Physical Science, Dr. Nimai Mishra spoke for Chemical Science, Prof. V. Kannan embodied Mathematics, Dr. Manjunatha Thondamal represented Biological Science, Dr. Jatindra Kumar Dash exemplified Computer Science and Engineering, Dr. Ramesh Vaddi spoke about Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Electronics and Communication Engineering, and Dr. G. S. Vinod Kumar gave a detailed presentation of the research activities of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Faculty members shared details of SRM AP research programmes through presentations in each breakout room, and the participants interacted with them to discuss various plausible research areas.

SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh organizes webinar on 8th July 2020 at 10 a.m. titled “Inspire the Inspired: Excellent Research Opportunity in SRM University – AP” to engage the DST-INSPIRE students. Prof. Vajja Sambasiva Rao, Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP, will be preceding the webinar with the welcome remarks, and Prof. D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor, SRM University-AP, will be delivering a presentation that would introduce the phenomenal research activities and facilities of the university to the audience. Prof. V. Kannan, Professor, Department of Mathematics, Dr. Jatindra Kumar Dash, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Dr. Goutam Dalapati, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Dr. Sutharsan Govindarajan, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Dr. G.S. Vinod Kumar, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Nimai Mishra, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, and Dr. Vaddi Ramesh, Associate Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering will be representing their respective department in the webinar to showcase the research being conducted by the expert faculty.

Each panelist will deliver a talk on the profile of the faculty members of their individual departments. They would discuss the contemporary research areas and focus of the faculty members that has the potential to bring revolutionary changes in the domain. Apart from it, the informative sessions will encompass a brief on the facilities available and planned at SRM AP, accomplishments of the faculty, national and International collaborations made and planned, products and processes being developed, ongoing sponsored research projects, key publications, patents filed and published, national and international conferences organized, DST inspire faculty and DBT Ramaligangashwni fellows at SRM AP, nature index ranking and the contribution of the faculty members of the university, and advantages to be endowed to the students.

Prof. V Kannan, during his session in the webinar, will urge the students to revel in Mathematics. He believes that ideas are more important than routine calculations. Prof. V Kannan says, “Research in Mathematics often consists of recognizing patterns and commonalities and using them to bring several items under one umbrella”. Similarly, Dr. Jatindra Kumar Dash will convey the strength of the department of Computer Science and Engineering to invite the best minds for participating in research activities in the department. He says, “We intend to demonstrate a few ongoing research works in the department and their outcomes in terms of funded project, quality publications and patents.”

Dr. Goutam Dalapati will discuss about the stimulating research opportunity in the Department of Physics, SRM AP. “Friendly and highly qualified experienced faculty with interdisciplinary research makes SRM AP a unique place for research and development. Cutting edge technology for renewable energy, molecular electronics, optical communication, CO2 conversion and energy storage together with materials innovation for next-generation memory, lead free perovskites, flexible devices superhydrophobic/philic surface, self healing, computational screening for materials library are some of the research that are being steered in the department of Physics.”, informs Dr. Goutam Dalapati.

Dr. G. S. VinodKumar will be introducing the prolific profile of the faculty members of the Department of Mechanical Engineering who have completed their Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral Research from the Institutes of International repute. He articulates, “Since inception, the department with its full effort built and continue building the research infrastructure and dedicated Centers of Excellence to facilitate quality research – 3D printing, Advanced Manufacturing, Materials Processing & Characterization, and FE Simulation, to name but a few. The faculty members of the department spanned collaboration with various national and international institutes to ensure quality in research.“ Dr. G. S. VinodKumar will also inform about the inter-disciplinary research culture at SRM AP and that the scholars who enrolls in the department for Ph.D. will get enriched in various disciplines during their tenure. The uniqueness of the department is the Industrial research carried out by the faculty members, that leads to a product or process development and reaches the end-users within a short span of time. The faculty members of the department constantly publish paper in high-quality journals and file patents. The department of Mechanical Engineering provides opportunity for the scholar to learn the methods of doing research which will enable the students to become independent researchers in their carrier.

Dr. Nimai Mishra will present the on-going invigorating research activities in the Department of Chemistry, SRM-AP. His presentation will also cover available research facilities at SRM AP and some of the recent research accomplishments of the faculty members of the department. Further, Dr. Vaddi Ramesh will discuss about the various exciting research opportunities, and facilities available within the Departments of ECE and EEE at SRMAP. The various research strengths, faculty credentials, ongoing and planned sponsored research projects and important publications by faculty will be presented along with a window into few major research activities within the ECE & EEE Departments.

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Department of Computer Science and Engineering, SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh will be hosting a webinar on “Inspiring Innovation at SRM University with IEEE Research” in collaboration with IEEE Student Branch, SRM University-AP and IEEE Guntur Subsection on 1st July 2020.

The webinar is aimed at helping faculty and students (UG, PG, and research scholars) to discover yet-to-explore research issues pertinent to respective research domains. The webinar will enable students to explore the important information on IEEE Xplore (IEEE.org in general) site which will assist them to get better placement opportunities — through an in-depth knowledge regarding the research work being conducted by companies and organizations. The session will also introduce the advance facilities available for authors on IEEE site such as IEEE Authors Tools, author notifications etc. Other aspects include how to make quick decisions on choosing the right paper from an ocean of research articles on the internet, how to assess the impact of the research article and much more.

Coordinated by Dr. Manjula R, Assistant Professor, Department of CSE, the webinar will commence with a welcome note and Prof. Ragunathan T, head, Department of CSE, will precede the event with opening remarks. Followed by, Dr. Dhanukumar Pattanashetti, will take over the session.

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