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SEP. | 2017


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IIT Kharagpur Alumni Develop Social Network Similar to Facebook for Food Lovers

Three IIT Kharagpur alumni, Mainak Sarkar, Pritam Khan and Sumit Agarwal along with Abhijit Ghosh, a Civil Engineering final year student from IIEST Shibpur, started a social network platform called; Eatable to help food lovers and tourists find the best places to eat at a particular location and aid businesses with widening their reach.


Delhi-based Curie Labs is Using AI to Make Our Cities More Energy Efficient

Founded by IIT Madras alumni Daniel Raj David, Harikrishnan AS, Karthik R and Tarun Mishra along with professor Krishnan Balasubramanian, DeTect Technologies was chosen as the best startup to have emerged from a college campus.


Xiaomi, Shunwei Capital may invest $18 mn in ShareChat

Founded by IIT Kanpur alumni Farid Ahsan, Ankush Sachdeva, and Bhanu Singh, the social networking platform allows users to create, discover and share content such as videos, jokes, audio songs and images.




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The IIT Kanpur Alumna on Her Pioneering Role in Engineering Education

Dean Murthy

Although it is still early in the school year, Jayathi Murthy, Ronald and Valerie Sugar Dean at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science found time to discuss her plans for the future and what it has taken to get to the top in academia. She attended IIT Kanpur, Washington State University and University of Minnesota, where she received her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. With just over 5,000 students enrolled each year, Dean Murthy sits at the helm of an institution known as the Birthplace of the Internet. Faculty and students at the university are known for their work in all areas of engineering from designing and developing semiconductors, to ensuring augmented reality is secure, fast and efficient, to innovations in reverse-osmosis to clean water.

PANIIT USA: When you completed your education, you were one of the first employees at Fluent Inc, a world leader in fluid dynamics software. Your work there is the foundation of much of the software used in the field today. You continue to conduct research as Dean; what does your work focus on now?

Dean Murthy: I was trained in computational fluid dynamics and a lot of the work I did at Fluent was based on developing algorithms. I came back to academia in 1998, where my work is still focused on the algorithm and computation areas, but I have shifted away from straight fluid dynamics. Now I am looking more and more at small-scale heat transfer. For example, applications such as heat transfer in transistors. I still do work in fluid dynamics, but more in the area of optimization, in transport problems. And, I also do a bunch of work in areas such as uncertainty quantification.

PANIIT USA: What motivates you on a day to day? What advice would you give someone who is anxious to start a career in engineering research?

Dean Murthy: The motivator for the engineer, teacher, researcher side of my brain continues to be the work, the excitement, the opportunity to push the boundaries. I have always loved teaching, and getting young students excited has always been a huge motivator.

On the administrative side of my brain, the picture is a little different. I am driven by wanting to play a larger societal role and that’s really what drew me into administration. I am keenly aware of the need for public higher education. And the role that universities play as economic engines, as places that absolutely transform communities and people’s lives. So, I always talk about UCLA as a ‘public Ivy,’ in that it combines a public education with excellent academics and research.
As far as advice goes, I think you have to know yourself. You have to know what excites you. If engineering is it, then follow your dreams. There are huge opportunities in research, if that is where you want to head, there are opportunities in expanding from engineering to other fields like medicine or entrepreneurship. But it is really important to know yourself; do not do anything for duty, do not do anything for money. Look for what will sustain you throughout your life.



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