Dr. Kiran Aithal S
Prof and Head,
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology,
P.O. Box 6429, Yelahanka, Bangalore 560064.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering started in the year 2002 with an intake of 60 students. The intake was increased to 120 for the academic year 2009-10 and further increased to 180 during the academic year 2012-13.
Presently the department comprises of 45 faculty members. The mechanical department team is a blend of faculty from diversified fields. Some have worked in IITs and others in defense R&D labs and the industry. The department has seven PhDs who have done their research work in IITs and NITs. Seventeen more are pursuing their PhDs at esteemed institutes in India.
Permanent affiliation was given to our college in the year 2006 by Visvesvaraya Technological University, Belgaum. The department was recognized, in the academic year 2008-09, to be one of the R&D centers under VTU. In 2010 VTU approved MTech in Thermal Power Engineering and later, in 2013, approved the MTech in Machine Design.
The Department has established two Centers of Excellence and one Advanced Lab.
The center for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) provides students and faculty opportunities to work in the area of computational simulation of design problems related to fluid flow and heat transfer. Most of the problems and projects use the Navier Stokes code RANS3D, developed in-house by Dr Sekhar Majumdar, for computation of turbulent flows in complex configuration. Most of the research results have been published in reputed journals and conferences.
The Center for Design Engineering and Process Simulation (CDEPS) provides facilities for 3-dimensional modeling, design, analysis and optimization of mechanical structures using the high-end software tool CATIA-V6. Training programs are conducted for students in both the modeling and simulation software.
The Advanced Manufacturing Lab comprises of high-tech equipment for faculty to carry out their PhD work and for UG & PG students to carry out their final year projects. Seven of our faculty members have secured their doctoral degree based on work executed in the Advanced Manufacturing Lab under the able guidance of Dr P G Mukunda who has worked in IIT Kharagpur for 40 years.
The department has completed three projects worth, valued at Rs 40 Lakhs, for the Naval Research Board (NRB) and Visveswaraiya Technological University (VTU).
The Department encourages students to carry out multi-disciplinary and innovative projects during their final year. Many of the projects have got accolades from the industry and the Govt. Of Karnataka. In 2013 the former higher education minister Mr. R. V. Deshpande sanctioned Rs. 5 Lakhs for an Innovation club after being impressed with the innovative final year UG projects. One project that stands out is the suitcase vehicle designed for the disabled.
A highlight of the Department is the fourteen Innovative Entrepreneurship development cell (IEDC) projects that have been awarded to the department.
The department has established a very good rapport with the industry. The curriculum is designed in consultation with reputed industries. The department arranges industrial visits for students. Students visit exhibitions such as the IMTEX at Peenya to better appreciate practical aspects of the subject.
The department organizes workshops for both faculty and students to make them understand and know the latest technology used in the industry. Scientists from Defense labs and R&D labs and industry experts are invited to give guest lectures for the students.