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  • WORKSHOP REPORT Index 1 Foreword- Dr. P. J. Lavakare 1 2 Editor’s Note 2 3 The GE Foundation Scholarship 3 4 Preparation towards Workshop 4 5 05-06-2010 Day Zero 5 i The journey Begins 5 6 06-06-2010 Day One 6 i Getting Familiar 6 ii Talk with GE Mentors 7 iii Community Development Programme – Presentations 8 7 07-06-2010 Day Two 9 i GE Foundation Scholar Honours 9 ii Group Photo 10 ii Insight to JFWTC – Site Tour 11 iii GE Mentors 12 8 08-06-2010 Day Three 13 i Brain storming session 13 ii Bonding with Alumni 13 iii Having Fun- One minute games 13 iv Cultural extravaganza 15 v Most-Wanted Scholar at the Most-Sumptuous Dinner 17 9 09-06-2010 Day Four 18 i Time for Innovation 18 ii Walk through GE Foundation Scholar Leader Programme 22 10 Thank You Note! 23 11 Feedback Report 24 12 Annexure 25 i Itenary I ii Team Wise List of Scholars 2009-2011 IV iii Scholars’ resume V Page 0
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  • WORKSHOP REPORT Day One – Getting Familiar The five day workshop on “Energizing leaders to Innovate” was scheduled from the 5th of June 2010 to 9th of June 2010, at Bangalore. Dr.Lavakare gave a grand start to the phenomenal and exhilarating workshop by telling us the importance of team work in our lives and that we should always thrive to innovate. The day began very early with all the scholars meeting over breakfast at the UTC. The proceedings then moved to the meeting room, where the first session included a formal introduction of all the scholars and team managers, and an insight of the history of this workshop from its inception and a detailed explanation of the activities planned for the afternoon and the upcoming days. Also, the planned visit to JFWTC was spelled out in detail. 06-06-2010 Page 6
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Talk with GE Mentors After the introductory session, several experts from various divisions of GE India presented an overview of activities that GE has undertaken under its Indian operations. Dr. Abhinanda Sarkar, Manager & Coordinator, JFWTC gave a brief introduction of the history of GE in India and its current range of activities. His insightful and witty accounts of experiences at GE held every scholar at rapt attention. This was followed by presentations by Mr. Oswin Varghese (GE Healthcare) who gave us an insight into the role of JFWTC as a hub for R&D activities and more specifically, the path breaking research activities at GE Healthcare. Followed by him was Mr. Ramesh Kauta, CIO & GE Volunteer program. The session with him left us with questioning our conscience and moral responsibilities toward the society we live in and take so much from. Also, he told us how dedicated the employees of JFWTC were towards community development. The talks concluded with an interactive session. There was a break for lunch at this point, which allowed everyone time to understand the myriad opportunities that were available at General Electric. 06-06-2010 Page 7
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Community Development Programme – Presentations Lunch was followed by a summary of the Community Development Program wherein team managers presented the various community development activities of their respective team members. From building grain storage facilities in villages to donating books to the poor, the development programme projects were diverse and unique. What was striking was how much each scholar learnt from the session. Not only did it open our eyes to innumerable ways of helping the community, it also served to improve each one of our own endeavours. Where there were obstacles, solutions opened up and suggestions were made. The session left us ever enthused about our contribution to society. The rest of the evening was free for socializing and networking. The scholars made the most out of this and went out for dinner. 06-06-2010 Page 8
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Day Two – GE Foundation Scholar Honors (Article contributed by Hemant Saggar, IIT-Roorkee) The real gruel started on Monday, Day 2 with everyone rubbing their eyes in morning to wake up before 7 and scramble for precious bathroom space. Eventually all came down to the dining hall beaming their best smiles, proudly flaunting the GEFS dark blue T-shirt and sat down to enjoy a delectable breakfast. With the atmosphere charged with excitement and everyone looking forward to visit the nucleus of innovation and activity, we boarded the bus to JFWTC, of course not before the customary photo session with Dr. Lavakare. The JFWTC was one big campus to say the least. With magnificent buildings and exquisitely crafted lawns, it looked a different world altogether. After getting our security passes we reached the conference room where were greeted by Vipul and Monica our campus guides and our Single Point Of Contacts or SPOC’s( a unique word that we cheerfully added to our vocabulary). Everyone was delighted when the Managing Director of JFWTC, Mr. Sanjay Correa came up to the podium and warmly welcomed us. He congratulated all the scholars and went on to underline the power of innovation that drives GE and the panorama of activities going behind the beautiful veneer we all were seeing. Through with his cogent talk, which held each of us to our seats, Sanjay culminated the session by the much awaited prize distribution ceremony when each one of us had our moment of glory that only emboldened our resolve to work tirelessly for personal excellence and social benefit. All the scholars were overwhelmed with receiving the certificates from Dr.Sanjay Correa at N.D.Satyakanth (MP Room-2, Odyssey A-wing).We were well dressed in GE T-shirts and all set to pose for the group photo. The group photo was taken at the steps outside Odyssey cafeteria. 07-06-2010 Page 9
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Back Row (from left): Anurag (Alumni); Deepak; Abhijit; Arunabha; Sundara; Raghavendra; Dheeraj; Jayesh (Alumni) Middle Row (from left): Vipul (Alumni); Veera; Vibhu; Hemant; Shauvik; Himank; Akhilesh; Saket; Deepanshu; Ravi; Abhinand (Mentor) Front Row (From Left): Monika (co-ordinator); Siddhartha; Sonam; Shubha; Garima; Lavakare (IIE); Sanjay (M.D.); Parul; Deepanwita; Kaveri; Mayukh (Alumni); Roop Kumar 07-06-2010 Page 10
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Insight to JFWTC – Site Tour One need not be perspicacious to realize the bloom and beauty of the John F Welch Technology Centre. The charm is so becoming that one can easily mistake the location for sets of a Bollywood movie or for a weekend picnic spot. But, the 545,000 square foot campus houses something more interesting and intriguing than the shape and color of the Tabebuia trees spread across the campus – technology! We, the scholars, were fortunate enough to have an inside look (although, it would be unfair to call it just a look!) of the GE laboratories. We were divided into two groups. Our SPOCs then led the way to the laboratories. First, was the MPE laboratory. We were asked to wear safety glasses inside the labs; all of us enjoyed flaunting the same, very much. My earliest remembrance of this lab is the Fe-C triple point diagrams which brought in memories of the courses from year 2 of mechanical engineering. Here in MPE lab, the technocrats are working towards establishing structure-property correlations that can be used when designing new materials, while optimizing manufacturing processes and predicting key material behavior such as fatigue, creep, corrosion and electronic performance for a variety of materials. It was followed by the healthcare lab, where we were shown the various X-ray and CT scan ranging from those costing $ 6000 (the cheapest!) to the more sophisticated ones costing around $60000. During the candid conversation which followed demonstrations experts told us how GE is now working towards tapping the potential of the market at grassroots and innovating towards more affordable and economic healthcare solutions. Next in line was the visit to fuel efficiency lab. The technocrats explained the techniques involved as they try to optimize the gasification of coal to increase combustion efficiency in GE boilers. The analysts determine the non-dimensional parameters on a scaled-down model, and then calculate the exact values with the help of techniques such as model analysis. Most interesting of all was the Green Lab, a research house for new and renewable technology. The entire department is run on hybrid – primarily, solar and wind. The experts are working towards how to make the technology more economically-viable and garner substantial returns on the investment. Two hours of the visit, abound with immense exposure and knowledge gave all of us enough inspiration to research further on the latest technological advancements. The best part was that we 07-06-2010 Page 11
  • WORKSHOP REPORT were encouraged to interact with experts and discuss with them the nitty-gritty of the technologies involved. The first hand information was a welcome change from the norm, where Google is the staple! GE Mentors After the introductory tour of JFWTC and its state-of-the-art labs, the four teams were taken to swanky conference rooms of the Odyssey wing, also called the Green Building which is the newest addition to the GE brood. The rooms were decked up with everything a team might require to come up with the next big innovation. With unlimited access to knowledge through the internet and an endless supply of caffeine courtesy the pantries on every floor, each team got down to business. The teams were introduced to their respective team mentors, and were given a briefing on how to go about with the presentation. The mentors were experts across technologies and had to tread that thin line between guiding us towards a definite direction and yet allowing us the freedom to make mistakes and innovate independently. We would like to take this opportunity to thank each of our mentors for helping the word ‘innovation’ take some definite shape: Subhrajit Dey, Veena Shenoy, Balaji Parthasarthy, Sanjay Ankhindi and Partho Kayal. 07-06-2010 Page 12
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Day Three – WORK and PLAY BRAINSTORMING SESSION Having spent most of the previous night preparing hard for cultural events that were to be performed the next day, the teams woke up groggy-eyed on Day Three. On arriving at the JFWTC, the teams headed towards Odyssey and gathered into their respective conference rooms to brainstorm and work upon innovations that had to be presented to a panel of esteemed GE experts and judges the very next day. The concept of ‘teamwork’ came into picture. Every team wanted its idea to be unique, technologically innovative and most importantly, implementable. The true test, we realized lay in coming up with the most technologically innovative idea yet making it an attractive and commercially viable business opportunity with strong value proposition. With guidance from the likes of Dr. Abhinanda Sarkar, and the GE mentors, the teams slowly but surely made their way toward concrete ideas. Even in the midst of serious innovation, the teams had the cultural presentations at the back of their minds – the anticipation of watching the other teams perform coupled with the anxiety of performing our own parts well. It was a day that none of us would soon forget. BONDING WITH ALUMNI Soon, were asked to move to the hall where we were welcomed by our alumni. The GE foundation scholars were divided into groups of three and were led by former GEFS Scholars. They took us around the beautiful, sprawling JFWTC campus, interacting with us and sharing their GE experiences with us. HAVING FUN-ONE MINUTE GAMES The Alumni also organized some games for us. It was healthy competition with ample room for fun and frolic. And this was ‘healthy’ in the literal sense – we had to gobble up bananas, guzzle butter milk , do push-ups and the best-make pony tails of each other’s hair! The alumni made sure that every one of the scholars were able to participate and have fun at the same time. 08-06-2010 Page 13
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  • WORKSHOP REPORT CULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA It was finally time for the cultural programmes. Team Zero enacted a play on the theme of growing up and importance of parents. This was followed by a rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Heal the World’ by team Penicillin. Team Transistor then enacted a humorous play titled ‘The Green Refrigerator’ that was based upon a fictional story of a family with generations of GE Foundation Scholars. The icing on the cake was a funny ‘tapori’ dance performance by team Gunpowder. We laughed till our stomachs hurt and had great fun performing and watching others perform. 08-06-2010 Page 15
  • WORKSHOP REPORT But none of the performances were etched more deeply in our minds than the outstanding recitation by Dr. P.J Lavakare himself. He recited to us a poem that went, When I was a Boy at School* When I was a youngster four feet high, No happier soul in the world than I, I love to think of the days gone by, When I was a boy at school. My exercises I recollect, Were not invariably correct, And sometimes I got what I didn’t expect, When I was a boy at school. I robbed an orchard one fine day, And took whatever came in my way, But none of the fruits did I take away, When I was a boy at school. The owner caught me - the nasty sneak! Of the scene that followed, I need not speak, I couldn’t sit down for at least one week, When I was a boy at school. I stuck a pin in the master’s chair, And saw him jump up in the air, I laughed like mad and heard him swear, When I was a boy at school. But the point of the joke I failed to see, When yesterday, it was tried on me, It isn’t so funny as it used to be, When I was a boy at school. I fell in love with a sweet little thing, And gave her a brass engagement ring, We promised to each other for life to cling, When I was a boy at school. I loved that girl for a week or two, And then regretted it as most folks do, But it didn’t matter for she cooled off too, When I was a boy at school! Lal lalla, lal lalla, lalla la……. * A poem taught (and perhaps written) by Dr. H.J.Taylor, Physics Teacher of Dr. P.J.Lavakare 08-06-2010 Page 16
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Of the two judges, one was an accomplished singer and treated us to a melodious song. The results of the cultural programmes were announced soon after and members of team Transistor were the proud, beaming winners. Most-Wanted Scholar at the Most-Sumptuous Dinner On Day One, it was decided that by the end of the workshop, when all of us had gotten to know each other, we would elect someone to uphold the title of ‘Most-Wanted Scholar’. Results of the voting were announced that evening at the splendid buffet organized at the Odyssey cafeteria. The dinner was indeed a lavish affair, complete with Tiramisu for dessert. We couldn’t have asked for more!! Hemant Saggar, from IIT Roorkee who, during the course of the workshop had put on many hats - Technical Manager, team Transistor, a vocal artist, and finally ‘Kittoo’ of ‘The Green Refrigerator’ won the title. The overdose of work and play had left us drained out and we made our way back to UTC. 08-06-2010 Page 17
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Day Four –Time for Innovation The day started at UTC with scholars meeting for breakfast at 8. As expected, the turnout was lower than usual, as most scholars had only managed to get a couple of hours of sleep in the course of fervent preparations for the technical presentations. The discussions and rehearsals continued throughout the ride to JFWTC. The technical presentations ensured everyone was at their innovative and technological best, even amidst all the fun. Mr. Mano Manoharan, GM, GE Global Research judged the presentations. The different ideas are compiled below: Zero: All Terrain Vehicle They proposed a real world engineering design model of an All-Terrain Vehicle that complied with FSAE design criteria. The vehicle was designed using mathematical and CAD modelling and simulation with features such as light weight, high strength, high durability for use in all terrains – ranging from mountains to deserts and swamps. TEAM ZERO 09-06-2010 Page 18
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Gunpowder: Crop Management and Services Gunpowder proposed a market led business model to enhance the competitiveness of agriculture industry by providing crop management services. The technology takes into account the major factors affecting cultivation i.e. nutrient content, soil type, moisture content, water consumption and climatic conditions. The tool predicts the best crop type for the particular region while taking into consideration the ‘critical’ factors with the help of piezoelectric sensors. TEAM GUN POWDER Transistor: Home Health monitoring and prognosis system using Bayesian networks Transistor designed a reliable home health monitoring system that could predict the onset of emergency for patients suffering from chronic illness. The system was low cost, portable and suitable to rural markets. They demonstrated the design of their system specifically for the prognosis of cardio- vascular diseases. Based on inputs from devices like portable ECG, blood pressure etc., a software model indicated the patient’s health condition. The software model used was a dynamic Bayesian network. 09-06-2010 Page 19
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Penicillin: Credit Screen Penicillin designed a credit screen which allowed access to multiple accounts with the help of a digital device and a password to access each account. Unique barcode with an Automatic logout and Simple UI – Touch/Regular were other features. The innovation lies in use of bank Silver Nano wires coated on plastic substrate instead of glass, flexible LCD screen Polycarbonate for back panel Bar Code Reader hence making it more versatile. A single card solution would be a replacement for carrying multiple cards and improving on the security of the transactions. THE RESULTS Each team was grilled on the specifics of their proposed technology and the feasibility and implementation of their ideas in the GE context. The innovation was a critical judging parameter. The efforts put by each team evidently came across in the presentations. Dr Sanjay Correa, the Managing Director attended a few portions of the event and appreciated all the ideas put forth by the teams. This was followed by Mr Mano Manoharan’s talk on how he was able to appreciate each of our efforts and ideas. He emphasized more on also concentrating towards rural India being a additional point in two of the teams presentations and how important rural India is as we are more a part of urban life. After a passionate, thought-provoking talk by Mr. Mano Manoharam the results were announced. The team ‘Zero’ was declared the winner for technical presentation. Team ‘Transitor’ was the overall winner of “fun games”. Prizes!!!The winners of all events were awarded as Mr. Mano Manoharan distributed the prizes . All the GE foundation scholars were given bags with the GE foundation logo and printout of the group photograph. Towards the end of the workshop Hemant, on behalf of all scholars thanked Dr.Sanjay Correa, GE Mentors, Alumni and all the scholars present for making this workshop a success. 09-06-2010 Page 21
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Walk through GE Foundation Scholar Leader Programme Ten Years of the GE Foundation Scholarship Programme – A review by Dr. P.J Lavakare Dr. P.J. Lavakare addressed the GEFS, the alumni the judges and Dr. Sanjay Correa about the GE foundation Scholar Leader program since we were told that this year would be the last program and tentative as to whether it was going to be conducted in the coming years. He did stress on the fact that it was the 10th year of the GE foundation Scholar Leader Workshop. He gave a presentation on the program, beginning with how students are selected across various institutions in India, on what basis they are selected, the procedures of teams being made and the team interactions prior to the workshop. It also brought out the importance of this program of not only the students getting the scholarship money but also to highlight the scholarly, leadership, team building aspects and to keep up team spirit which did persist among all of us during the workshop. The community development project that was taken up by the foundation scholars was mentioned. 09-06-2010 Page 22
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Thank You Note! True to its motto, the GEFS Workshop indeed energised us all to innovate! The team spirit, impinging on new ideas, trip to JFWTC, the fun and laughter and the interaction with some of the best minds, gives one all the right reasons to cherish this workshop as one of its kind. On behalf of all scholars, I thank respective colleges for nominating us. We are grateful to the GE Foundation for awarding us this scholarship and recognizing us as individuals who can make a difference. Thanks due to Dr. P.J. Lavakare and Institute of International Education who made scholarships available to all scholars. We are grateful to Dr. Sanjay Correa; Managing Director of JFWTC, Dr. Abinandan Sarkar, Co-ordinator GEFS 2010, Team Mentors, Bench of Judges, SPOCs, Alumni and the entire organising team of the workshop who made this workshop a success. Sincere thanks to Mr. S.R. Ram and his efforts towards ensuring scholars’ comfortable accommodation reimbursements for providing the workshop T-shirts and caps and ofcourse, the Gulab Jamuns! Finally, we would like to acknowledge the spirit of fellow scholars who undeniably played a principal role in making the experience truly awesome. Page 23
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Feedback Repot (compiled by Kaveri I Kariappa) The Experience: It was the experience of a life-time’ was the unanimous verdict. Every scholar went home with a lot more than what they came in with, in terms of intellectual perspective, cultural confluence and innovation itself. A pot-pourri of activities spanning from technology to theatre, getting inspired and interacting with mentors over the span of four days made it a very memorable workshop. About the scholars: The scholars were from different parts of the country, with different cultural backgrounds and from varied fields of study. Yet, the combination of this diversity brought out wonderful results in both the cultural programs and the technological innovations. Most scholars felt that their team mates were just as technically competent, if not more. Interaction with GE experts: With the teams having to come up with a product or service that GE could possibly consider, the infusion of ideas from each in each team led to temporary disarray. It was the GE experts, who helped teams marshal their ideas, rate them and narrow them down into the best possible solution. Interacting with them gave us an insight into what the term innovation meant in a global, commercial, industrial sense. Administrative aspects of the program: Administrative arrangements were mostly rated very highly. All scholars having been given more than sufficient information before hand, the organizers left no stone unturned in making the workshop a comfortable and enjoyable experience for the scholars. Most exciting parts of the workshop: Many scholars felt that the cultural programs and the one minute games were very exciting! The brain-storming sessions and the night-long discussions leading up to the technical presentations were exciting as well. Suggestions for future programs: Unlike the various batches before ours, our bunch did not seem to find as many complaints with the food. There were suggestions of organizing inter-team activities so that there was increased interaction between all scholars. There were also suggestions of allowing greater time for the preparations of technical presentations as schedules were packed to the brim. Page 24
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Itinerary GE FOUNDATION SCHOLAR LEADER WORKSHOP 2010 WORKSHOP PROGRAMME DAY ZERO : SATURDAY - 05 JUNE 2010 Time Activity Venue All the Scholars arrive and check in at The United Theological College (UTC) -Meet UTC Evening other scholars GUEST HOUSE DINNER : Informal Meeting of Dr.Lavakare with Team 7:30 PM Managers UTC CANTEEN END OF DAY ZERO DAY ONE : SUNDAY - 06 JUNE 2010 Time Activity Venue 7:30 AM BREAKFAST UTC CANTEEN Formal Meeting with Dr. P.J. Lavakare & Mr. Ram 8:30 AM (Introductions and Briefing Session- workshop kit etc. 10:30 AM TEA BREAK Presentation Session by GE Experts (20 minutes each followed by Q & A) 1. Dr. Abhinand Sarkar (Coordinator, JFWTC) Introduction to GE, its work culture etc. 2. Oswin Varghese, GE Healtchare 11:00 AM- 12.45 PM 3. Mr. Ramesh Kauta, CIO & GE volunteer Program "IIE Scholarship Program for Students" by Mr. Ajit UTC 12.45 PM Motwani, Director , IIE(Delhi) MEETING HALL 1:00 PM LUNCH (All Invited) UTC CANTEEN Individual Team Managers summarize the Community Development Activities of their Team Members and present their overview- General UTC 2:00 PM Discussion on CDP activities MEETING HALL Individual Team Managers discuss with their Team Members and evolve a work plan, apointment of UTC GUEST HOUSE 3:30 PM Technical Managers, including Cultural presentations etc. ROOMS / LAWNS EVENING FREE FOR SOCIALIZING ETC. 7:30 PM DINNER UTC CANTEEN END OF DAY ONE DAY TWO : MONDAY - 07 JUNE 2010 Time Activity Venue Annexure I Page I
  • WORKSHOP REPORT 7:00 AM BREAKFAST UTC CANTEEN Leave UTC by Bus for JFWTC Respective Team Managers to ensure boarding of all their Team Members latest by 7:50 AM IMPORTANT Everyone wears the Workshop T-Shirt, closed shoes and semi-formal dress. Please carry your student ID card. Also please read instructions for visit to JFWTC again. 8:00 AM (Copy attached) UTC PARKING Arrive at JFWTC JFWTC 9:00 AM Security clearance Odyssey Visitors Gate N.D.Sathyakanth (MP Room - 2) Welcome address and distribution of certificates - 9:30 - 9:45 AM Dr. Sanjay Correa, Managing Director, JFWTC (Odyssey, A-wing) GROUP PHOTO N.D.Sathyakanth (MP Room - 2) 10:15 AM Introducing tour guides; briefing on tours (Odyssey, A-wing) 10:30 AM Site Tour - I & II Respective Labs 11:30 AM Site Tour - II & I Respective Labs 12:45 PM LUNCH Odyssey Cafeteria Conference Rooms: CON-A-01, 02, 03, 04 2:00 PM Session with Mentors (Odyssey Bldg, A-Wing) 6:30 PM Leave for UTC by bus 7:00 PM Dinner UTC CANTEEN END OF DAY TWO DAY THREE : TUESDAY - 08 JUNE 2010 Time Activity Venue 7:00 AM BREAKFAST UTC CANTEEN 8:00 AM Leave UTC 9:00 AM Arrive at JFWTC Individual Project Groups meet with their Mentors Conference Rooms: for Project Finalization and CON-A-01, 02, 03, 04 evolving Presentation Strategies (Odyssey Bldg, A-Wing) 12:30 PM LUNCH LAWNS Annexure I Page II
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Conference Rooms: Project Finalization and Presentation Strategies - CON-A-01, 02, 03, 04 1:15 PM Continued (Odyssey Bldg, A-Wing) N.D.Sathyakanth (MP Room - 2) Interactive session with GEFS Alumni; (co-ordinator: Mr. 4:00 PM Vipul Patel GE Foundation Scholar-alumni) (Odyssey, A-wing) N.D.Sathyakanth (MP Room - 2) Cultural Program by Scholars (Respective Team Managers to 5:30 PM orchastrate) (Odyssey, A-wing) 7:00 PM DINNER at JFWTC Odyssey Cafeteria 9.00 PM Leave for UTC by respective buses END OF DAY THREE DAY FOUR : WEDNESDAY - 9 JUNE 2009 Time Activity Venue 7:00 AM BREAKFAST UTC CANTEEN MOST IMPORTANT All the Scholars vacate their rooms, 'check out' and hand over the keys to the Reception. The baggages could be left in two specified rooms. UTC GUEST HOUSE 8:00 AM Leave UTC Arrive at JFWTC N.D.Sathyakanth (MP Room - 2) 9:00 AM to 9.45 AM Get set for individual Team Presentations (Odyssey, A-wing) 9:45 AM to 11.15 AM Project Presentations (15 minutes each + 5 minutes Q&A). Address by Raj Raghavan, Human Resources Manager, 11.15 to 11.30 AM JFWTC (something like "What makes a technologist"") Address by Mano Manoharan, General Manager, GE Global Research, Bangalore (something like "What makes 11:30 to 11:50 technology?") Announcement of results by Mano Manoharan, Lead 11.50 to 12:15 PM judge/evaluator. "Ten Years of the GE Foundation Scholarship Program" 12.15 to 12.30 A Review by Dr. P.J.Lavakare 12.30 PM to 1.30 PM LUNCH AT JFWTC 1.30 pm Leave for UTC by bus 3:00 PM Scholars collect their baggage and depart END OF DAY FOUR END OF DAY FOUR - END OF WORKSHOP PROGRAM Annexure I Page III
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Team Wise List of Scholars 2009-2011 TEAM 1: "ZERO" TEAM 2: "GUNPOWDER" TEAM 3: "TRANSISTOR" TEAM 4: "PENICILLIN" GE MENTOR: Mr. Balaji GE MENTOR: Mr. Subhrajit Dey GE MENTOR: Ms. Veena Shenoy GE MENTOR: Mr. Partho Kayal Parthasarathy Arunabha Mohan Roy Garima Rana Kaveri I Kariappa Vibhu Dubey (Manager) (Manager) (Manager) (Manager) Deepanwita Ghosh Deepanshu Arora Akhilesh Bontala Sri Ranga Himank Shanker Deepak Narayanan Dheeraj Kumar Chandra Prakash Trivedi Prince Dhawan Subramani Parul Chadha R. Veeramani Kandan Hemant Saggar Raghavendra N CH Prashant Kumar Saket Mewara Kishor Kumar Ravindra Nanasaheb Kharde Prashant Saxena Shauvik De Roopa Rajshekhar Nadgiri Siddhartha Patra Roop Kumar Kota Shubha Prabhakar Siddhartha Patra Sonam Samat Vignesh Ramnathan Sundara Rao Madiri Vaishali Ashok Phadatare Annexure II Page IV
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Team ZERO An M.Tech student of Aerospace Engineering, Arunabha is studying at IIT Kanpur and expects to complete his degree in July 2011. He earlier completed his B.E. degree in Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University in May, 2008. Arunabha’s research interests are in the field of Fracture Mechanics, Aero elasticity, Morphing and Intelligent structures, and Dynamics wave propagation. As part of his work experience, he worked at the Development Consultant Private Limited: (Service tenure 12 months) where he was exposed to steel and concrete design of different structural component of thermal and nuclear power plant. As part of his Community Service work, he was a Member of Tata steel rural development society (TSRDS); Member of ‘Shiksha Sopan’, a registered Non-governmental organization (NGO) run by IIT Kanpur students and faculty members ARUNABHA and Volunteer of The Thalassaemia Society Of India . MOHAN ROY As part of his other extracurricular activities, he was a member of SCE (Society of M. Tech- Aerospace civil Engineering in India); student convener of SRIJAN2008 - annual technology fest of IIT Kanpur JU; the convener of annual technical fest SANSKRITI- 2008 of JU and the main convener of EDIFICE2007, a departmental cultural reunion of civil engineering department ,JU Deepanwita Ghosh is a student of Manipal Institute Of Technology (MIT). She is in 3rd year and is pursuing BE. Mechanical Engineering. She has been one of the Associate Editors - Art Director of The Editorial Board of MIT and has contributed to the making of the college magazine SRIJAN. She is presently The Lady Representative of the Class Committee in her department. Deepanwita is an active member of The Leo Club, (which is a youth organization of Lions Clubs International) and has taken initiative in organizing ‘The Save Earth Campaign’ which had great participation and was a huge success. Apart from this, she has organized ‘The Anti-Smoking Rally’ and ‘Seismic Resistance’- an initiative against Global Warming. She takes keen interest in art, music Deepanwita Ghosh and other cultural activities as well and has helped with the organizing of OCTAVE- a BE- Mechanical cultural event in her college. She has also pursued training at TELCON (TELCO MIT- Manipal Construction Equipment Co), Jamshedpur and completed a project on ‘The Assembly Of Tata Friction Crane (TFC-75)’. At school level, Deepanwita has served her school as a member of the Student Government as the House Captain. She has also been a responsible, efficient and loyal Student Guide and has received a trophy for her all round performance in academics and extracurricular activities. Dheeraj Kumar is a student of Institute of technology, BHU. He is in 4th year and pursuing dual degree course in B.Tech in Bioengineering with in Biomedical Technology.Dheeraj’s research interest is in the field of Image processing, Control system and biomedical instrumentation. He is interested in web development and photo editing. With the help of Photoshop and Corel draw, he has designed various posters and banners for several events held in college such as Opulence (management fest), magnum Opus (Techno management fest), Spardha (Sports fest), etc. He did training at Infogile technologies and helped in the development of several live websites.As part of his Community Service work, he is a life time Member of DHEERAJ KUMAR Vivekananda club which operates under the banner of Nehru Yuva Kendra (Under M. tech- Biomedical ministry of Youth affairs and sports,GOI). He was also member of Nehru Yuva Kendra. Institute of Technology, BHU He was also a part of rojiroti seva sansthan from 15 April ‘05 to 26 Dec’ 05. He is currently working for rojiroti seva sansthan under community development Annexure III Page V
  • WORKSHOP REPORT program. He is also member of Kashi utkarsh which is managed by group of IT-BHU students who help poor children by giving them resources for studying. They also have their own school at Lahurabir, Varanasi especially for poor and slum dwellers. He is also part of kabaddi team of his college. He is a member of IEI. He won many medal for various sports event held during his schooling. He was sports captain of shivalik house in his school during class X. Scheme (NSS). Prashant Kumar is a student of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He is pursuing his fourth year of the five year dual degree program in Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. He has done two research projects apart from his coursework in the field of Carbon Nanotubes and Fuel Cells. He is presently doing a research project on "Characterisation of dental implant interfaces" in Stockholm University, Sweden. He has been the General Secretary of his hostel and was responsible for organising different cultural events in the hostel. He has keen interest in graphic designing and was selected as the Head of the design team of Amalgam (Department technical festival). He likes playing Badminton and led his Hostel PRASHANT KUMAR Badminton team during the interhostel events. During his freshmen year he was Duel Degree, actively involved in the National Service Scheme (NSS). Metallurg. Materials IIT Madras Prashant is 4th year student at Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) -Pilani. He is pursuing integrated course in B.E. (Hon) Computer Science with M.Sc.(Hon) Economics. His interest areas are Parallel/Grid Computing, peer to peer networks, Ad- Hoc networks & Computer Architecture. He was certified with “Best academic Performance” award for exceptional performance in M.Sc. (Hon) Economics. During his stay at BITS, He actively participated in activities of National Service Scheme (NSS), BITS- Pilani. He held various positions, including Executive committee member, Coordinator of NSS Informal School & Coordinator of Computer Literacy Programme. He is also an PRASHANT SAXENA active member of Society of Automotive engineers. Integrated BE- CS , M.Sc. Economics BITS- PILANI Roop Kumar is a ME 1st year student of University college of Engineering, Osmania University. He is pursuing his Master’s Degree in PRODUCTION ENGINEERING. He completed his B. Tech in 2007 and had a full time experience of 26months in Industrial sector. He worked as Operations Engineer and Leaded ERP implementation Project. His major interests in Industrial Management and Industrial Automation. Apart from his Professional studies, Roop is also an active participant in social service activities. He is currently acting as the Founder President of MY GOOD FRIENDZ SOCIETY, an NGO for orphan welfare, medical aid. He is also a member of Share A Roop Kumar Kota Service and Friends2support organizations. He is also worked for school and college NSS ME- Production unit. UCE- Osmania University Annexure III Page VI
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Team GUNPOWDER Garima Rana is currently pursuing her undergraduate course in Mechanical Engineering from Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology, GGSIP University, New Delhi, India. An aspiring social entrepreneur, she is currently working on her venture – Vermpet, which has developed efficient and easy-to-use decentralized models for composting the kitchen waste; for individual households as well and larger organizations. The same concept has won her laurels at various international business plan competitions and conventions. She was amongst the founding members of Leaders for Tomorrow, a youth leadership forum. It now has chapters across all major colleges in New Delhi. Garima Rana has been actively involved with Clinton Global Initiative University, where she is currently leading a team of 40 students in the sector of waste management. She was the convener of Xebec 2010, the annual technical festival of Indira Gandhi Institute of Technology. The festival created active partnerships with international organizations and local NGOs such as WWF, British Council, TERI, CSE, Kriti, amongst others to spread the idea of sustainability in engineering. She has keen interest in the Vedanta philosophy and Marxism ideology. Shauvik De is currently pursuing his post graduate in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. He has done his schooling from St. Xavier’s Kolkata and pursued his B. Tech in Chemical Engineering from University of Calcutta. He is a National talent search scholar and a gold medalist in his B. Tech Chemical Engineering. Apart from study he has a keen interest in event management and cultural activities. He was an organizing committee member of CHEMCON – 2007 (Chemical congress) and worked as a Design team manager in AZEOTROPY – 2009(Departmental fest of IIT Bombay). He is also a manager (Design and Production group) of BIOSYNTH (Bio diesel production plant in IIT Bombay). He has also interest in music, sports and debating. He is working as a part of a NGO named VIDYA in a children empowerment program called ‘UMANG’. In this UMANG program students not only get class room education but also gain knowledge through readings, debates, informal discussions. They also get lessons about social skills, civic sense and responsibilities of life. Deepanshu Arora is a fourth year undergraduate student of Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur. He hails from Bareilly, U.P. At IIT Kanpur he has been involved in a lot of things. He was the overall coordinator of Antaragni 2009, the annual cultural festival of IIT Kanpur. He was also associated with the institute counseling service as a core team member. He also participated in many dramatics events at the institute and inter-college level. He has also been a volunteer for Prayas, an IIT Kanpur Students’ Gymkhana initiative, and tutored children from around the IITK campus in basic mathematics, geography and biology. For him there are two gods on this planet- Sachin Tendulkar and Al Pacino. Annexure III Page VII
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Deepak N.S is a dual degree student of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Madras. He was born and brought up in Thrissur, Kerala where he did his schooling at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Vidya Mandir. He was core member, Web and Mobile applications, for Saarang 2010, the annual cultural festival of IIT Madras. In this capacity, he was instrumental in enabling the Saarang festive area as a Bluetooth hotspot for the first time ever. He is actively involved with NSS, IIT Madras where he participated in the e-Learning and Teaching programs. Most of the free time, Deepak can be seen browsing the web, reading a novel, watching a movie or simply listening to music. His favourite authors include Chetan Bhagat, Shashi Tharoor, J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown. He prefers listening to melodies. At times, he catches up with his electric organ and Mridangam. Academically, his interests revolve around Climate Modelling, Operations Research and Optimization. He likes travelling and visiting new places. He is in team Gunpowder. I Veeramanikandan R. currently pursuing ME-Product design and commerce in PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. I did my undergraduate course in Mechanical engineering stream from Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Techonolgy, Coimbatore. I was part of Varcha engineering services (wafer deposition machine design) for a year and actively involved in the design process, which fetched many laurels to my organization during my venture before the masters degree. My hobbies are reading magazines, playing keyboard and surfing. I am currently involved with ‘Families for children’, a Non-governmental organization for helping them in providing education to the children. ‘Families for children’ has its own place for accommodation for orphan children and has a school till 5th grade. I am guiding them in education and helping financially for their expenses on books and stationeries. I also have a plan to involve more in this service for children by expanding the current school till 12th grade. Shubha Prabhakar, a student of Manipal Centre for Information Science. Having Studied MS in Medical Software for a year at Manipal and is now working as an Intern at GE Healthcare. My interest on technical grounds is Medical Imaging and Image Processing. Have studied Engineering in Medical Electronics from Sri Krishna Institute of technology, Bangalore. My Passion for being an English Teacher since 7 years has motivated me to take up a community development project to help people to communicate better. My interests are camping, trekking, hiking, and participating in Jamboree. Have been a Guide with the Bharath Scouts and Guides Organization since 13 years. All through these years have involved in various activities and community service projects like hospital service, first aid, blood donation camps, leprosy control, world conservation, nutrition and health awareness and many more. I have received the Rasthrapati Award (President’s Award) from the Bharath Scouts and Guides. My other interests would be to involve in co-curricular activities like being an MC, conducting fests, participate in sports and Annexure III Page VIII
  • WORKSHOP REPORT cultural activities. Saket Mewara, a third year student is currently pursuing his undergraduate course in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore, India. He is a part of the college archery team and aspiring to become an entrepreneur is a core member of the Entrepreneurship Cell of the college. He was the part of the core team of VIDYUT’10 a national level techno-cultural extravaganza and the technical head of the 8th mile’10 the annual techno-cultural fest of R.V. College of Engineering. He has presented two IEEE papers and participated in two National level Conferences. His academic interest includes Electric machines, Signal processing and Renewable Energy and is currently working on a windmill project to harness wind energy. He is an active NCC cadet of the NCC wing of the college and also an active member of the NSS unit. He likes to collect pens and coins and wants to pursue a career that is in some way beneficial to the society. Annexure III Page IX
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Team PENICILLIN Vibhu Dubey is a student of 6th semester Mechanical Engineering at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT). He has a meritorious academic record with a CGPA of 9.42 (on a scale of 10) and is the branch topper of Mechanical branch. His keen interest lies in designing and modelling of mechanical components and has pursued training at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Indian Railways. He is proficient in the use of mechanical software like CATIA, SOLID EGDE ST and ANSYS and has won 1st prize in CAD software competition in the technical fest of his college TechTatva’08. He has also been the Event Head of TechTatva in the year 2009. He also leads the MIT Hostel Council which oversees the working of 7 messes and 17 hostel blocks providing accommodation to over 7000 students. He has been involved in several community service activities ranging from organizing blood donation camps to helping NGO’S in traffic regulation and VIBHU DUBEY often visits physically challenged children in Tamanna, school for special children. His credentials in Classical music are established with a 1st prize (3rd year) in Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Guwahati. He has been involved in National Level Science Exhibition projects at school level with topics ranging from “railway line projects“to “waste water management”. He looks forward to a fruitful career with constructive contributions to the industry. Sonam Samat is a fourth year student from BITS Pilani, pursuing a double major in Mechanical Engineering & Economics. Being a Senior Core member at the Department of Sponsorship & Marketing she has played an instrumental role in exploring various sponsorship avenues for her college festivals. She also spearheads a workforce of 180 odd mess workers and handles administrative issues pertaining to BITS Students messes. She is the Co-Founder & Head of Corporate Governance at Parivartan Foundation, a non-profit organization that takes up development activities in rural India to bring about socio-economic change. She also heads the Knowledge & Computer centre, run by Parivartan Foundation in rural Andhra Pradesh, which aims to empower people with information & technology by training them in basic internet usage & various computer languages and by implementing e-commerce. On account of the community service work displayed by her, she has been invited to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University meeting 2010, at the University of Miami, Florida. Her SONAM SAMAT academic interests include microeconomics, arbitrage and economic cycles. She is an enthusiastic photographer and enjoys swimming. Annexure III Page XII
  • WORKSHOP REPORT Mr. Himank Shanker is a 4th year Mechanical Engineering student at IIT Kharagpur enrolled in its 5 Year Dual Degree ( B.Tech + M.Tech ) Program with Master’s Specialization in Thermal Science and Engineering. He has held a variety of positions of responsibilities giving him a wide set of experience – the Eco-Club President at Bal Bharati Public School (2003-04), Prefect at Ahlcon Public School (2005-06), one of the organizing team members of Silico Battles 2006 inter-school cyber symposium of Ahlcon Public School, an organizing team member of Robotix 2007. He has also been a part of Kshitij, one of Asia’s largest techno-management symposiums organized by IIT Kharagpur and worked at different levels- as a team member (2008), Media Relations Head (2009) and an Advisor (2010). He has undertaken projects spanning wide areas of Mechanical Engineering - on Vehicle Dynamics Simulator for DRDO at IIT Delhi, on HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Load Reduction at ITC Ltd. and Wear HIMANK SHANKER Testing Of Materials for Bio-Medical Applications at IIT Kharagpur. He is presently working on a project on Torpedoes (Indian Navy) at IIT Kharagpur. He has academic interests in Design and Dynamics, HVAC, Automobile, Bond Graphs, Finite Element, Controls and Computer Programming. His other interests are in Technical and Social & Cultural Events. He is doing his M.E in Electrical Engineering at IISc,Banglaore. He has done his B.Tech from NIT Calicut.His hometown is Raichur, Karnataka.An outstanding academic record is what one would see in his resume. A state topper in 10th examination, Gold medal holder in B.Tech. He was awarded the medal from former president of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Presently he is doing very well in his masters program and is the topper there too. Apart from academics he takes a lot of interest in learning scripts and languages. He can read most of the scripts of Indic languages like kannada, tamil, malayalam, telugu, hindi, bengali etc. He understands French, German and Italian. ABHIJIT KULKARNI Annexure III Page XIII