Prestigious Lectures

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Socio-Hydrology: “Imagineering” Not Just Engineering Needed to Solve Water Security Challenges

Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences and Ramaiah Institute of Technology jointly organized a ‘PUBLIC LECTURE’ on Socio-Hydrology by Professor M. Sivapalan, Chester & Helen Siess Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor of Geography and Geographical Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA. Currently, the Professor is in India for 6 weeks visiting IISc under Satish Dhawan Endowed Visiting Chair.

The Professor addressed about challenges in Water Security by combining humanist and hydrological aspects in the PUBLIC LECTURE. Many parts of the world are facing severe water crises. Historically engineers and domain experts are tasked with design and implementation of technological solutions to water problems, such as the building of dams, pipelines and desalination plants. These work well in the short term but non-involvement of the beneficiaries of the water works, the people themselves, in conceptualization and execution of otherwise well-intentioned and well-designed solutions often leads to unintended, even adverse, consequences due to issues not considered in the designs and due to non-acceptance by society. The PUBLIC LECTURE illustrated examples of water management problems in Sri Lanka, Australia, USA, China, Europe, which prompted the launch and growth in the field of Socio-Hydrology. The Professor expressed his views in the context of UN Sustainable Development Goals related to water, which provide renewed motivation for engineers, social scientists and humanists to come together and work towards developing imaginative solutions for many water security challenges faced by communities around the world.

More than 300 Faculty Members and Students attended the PUBLIC TALK. The Professor emphasized on broader thinking in “Engineering Education by bringing together Humanistic, Sustainable and Societal Perspective”. Professor M. Sivapalan highlighted on cultivating Problem Solving attitude through “effective problem solving” not “solutions looking for problems”. In addition, Professor Sivapalan delivered a Distinguished Guest Lecture at the Peenya Campus of Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences on 16 Nov. 2019 on Mega-Trends in the Growth of Hydrologic Understanding: From Newton to Darwin to Wegener. In this lecture, the key milestones in the transformation of hydrologic science from Engineering Hydrology to Earth System Science was addressed. By virtue of these initiatives, the HEIs can benchmark the research contributions of Faculty Members in India for the benefit of Society.


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What happened to Malaysia Airline MH-370? - Ramaiah Group of Institutions Organizes a ‘PUBLIC LECTURE’ by Professor Goong Chen, Texas A&M University, USA

Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Ramaiah Institute of Technology and Ramaiah College of Arts, Science & Commerce organized a ‘PUBLIC LECTURE’ on Computational CFD for the Water Entry Problem of the Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 by Professor Goong Chen, Texas A&M University, USA. The Professor is invited to deliver Series of Lectures under Distinguished Visiting Professorship Program.

On 08 March 2014, the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared less than an hour after take-off during the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The Boeing 777-200ER carried 12 crew members and 227 passengers. On March 24, the former Malaysian Prime Minister, Mr. Perdana Menteri announced that “It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that ... Flight MH370 ended in the Southern Indian Ocean.” Though the exact fate of Flight MH370 remains undetermined, the available evidence indicates a crash of the airliner into the Ocean. However, not all emergency water landings, referred to as “ditching” end in tragedy when they are controlled.

Professor Goong Chen demonstrated the simulation for the Water Entry Problem of the Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. The Water Entry Problem is a classical problem in applied mathematics and fluid dynamics. It considers the dynamic motion of an object upon its entry into the water. The ‘PUBLIC TALK’ was motivated by several applications viz. the landing of a hydroplane, the entry into water of a rocket or the Apollo module returning from space and the ditching or crashing of aircraft. The PUBLIC TALK highlighted that a large body of literature exists for the computer simulation of rupture and disintegration of a crashing aircraft in order to gain further insights and research directions. Despite Air Travel being one of safest, it is expected that data generated by numerical simulations will further improve the passenger survival in emergency water landings.

More than 300 Faculty Members and Students attended the PUBLIC TALK. Professor Goong Chen is in India to deliver a Distinguished Lecture Series for the Faculty Members and Students of Ramaiah Group of Institutions during 18 Nov. 2019 to 22 Nov. 2019. The other distinguished lectures include modern Computational Mechanics, Non-linear Dynamics and Chaos, Underwater Implosion of Submarines, Quantum Computing and Devices. By virtue of these initiatives, the HEIs can benchmark the research contributions of Faculty Members in India for the benefit of society.


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Distinguished Guest Lecture on ‘Mega-Trends in the Growth of Hydrologic Understanding’ by Professor Murugesu Sivapalan, UIUC, USA

RUAS in association with Ramaiah Institute of Technology jointly organized a Distinguished Guest Lecture on the topic entitled “Mega-Trends in the Growth of Hydrologic Understanding: From Newton to Darwin to Wegener” by Professor M. Sivapalan, Chester & Helen Siess Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor of Geography and Geographical Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Hydrologic science has undergone transformative changes over the past 100 years, from early empirical approaches to rigorous approaches based on the fluid mechanics of water movement on and below the land surface. Challenged by limitations of traditional Newtonian approaches, and embracing a Darwinian, co-evolutionary Earth system science perspective, the pursuit of hydrologic science is now guided by altogether new questions and methodologies, with a particular focus on interactions and feedbacks between parts of the Earth system that co-evolve, giving rise to the adoption of comparative hydrology. In the emergent Anthropocene, this co-evolutionary view has expanded to involve feedbacks with Human-Social processes as well. Hydrologic science is now entering a globalization era with a focus on new phenomena that emerge from regional and global teleconnections of the expansion of the human footprint, calling for the adoption of novel Wegenerian approaches to understand the Earth system and the role of water in it. In the lecture, the Professor presented key milestones in the transformation of hydrologic science from Engineering Hydrology to Earth System Science.

More than 70 Faculty Members and Post-Graduate students participated in the event by both the Institutions. After the Guest Lecture, the Professor interacted with the Faculty Members from Dept. of Civil Engg. and advised on research directions and opportunities which can be progressively improved over a period of time. As a follow up of this initiative, a brainstorming session is planned to initiate and arrive at a common research theme for the growth of the Department.


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Guest lecture on "A New Era of Electronics using Nanomaterials" by Dr. Aaron Franklin, Duke University, USA

A guest lecture on "A New Era of Electronics using Nanomaterials" by Dr. Aaron Franklin, Duke University, USA was organized by the Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Peenya Campus, on 05-Nov-2019. Associate Professor Franklin enthusiastically explained the various properties of Carbon Nanotubes, development of transistors using nanotubes and their applications in printed electronics. The lecture was quite insightful and inspiring. The lecture was followed by a student interaction session about Duke University's graduate programs. Undergraduate and graduate students and faculty members from various departments attended the lecture.


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Guest Lecture by Dr. Girish Srinivasan, Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, PhenoMx Inc., Chicago, Illinois, USA.

A Guest Lecture on “Enhancing Healthcare Device Accessibility through Democratization of AI Based Technology” was conducted at RUAS by Dr. Girish Srinivasan, Co-founder & Chief Technology Officer, PhenoMx Inc., Chicago, Illinois, USA. Dr. Girish addressed about machine learning and inference infrastructure for various diagnostic imaging applications (whole-body screening, orthodontics, pathology detection) and MRI diagnostic application software. Faculty Members/Doctors and Students from Ramaiah Group of Institutions actively participated during the Guest Lecture.


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Invited Talk by Dr. Raj Rajaram

Faculty of Engineering and Technology and Sanitation, Waste Management and Environmental Engineering Research center jointly organized an invited lecture on “Practical Waste Management” by Dr. Raj Rajaram, Director, Municipal Infrastructure, CCJM Engineers Ltd., Chicago, Illinois, USA. Dr. B.S.Dayananda, Head, SWMEE Research center introduced the speaker to audience and welcomed the speaker. Dr. Rajaram explained about various challenges faced in management of solid and liquid waste across the globe. He also discussed about methods of solid waste management and the energy conversion technologies adopted for managing the wet and dry wastes in India and also at U.S.A. Around 100 students and staff members from various faculties including Engineering and Technology, Pharmacy, Hospitality Management and catering Technology, and also the students from Ramaiah Institute of Technology were also attended. The Q&A session went for almost 20 minutes, many students and faculty asked questions and Dr. Rajaram clarified the question with more enthusiasm.


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Distinguished Guest Lecture on "Moon to Mars Exploration – Challenges and Opportunities” by Ms. Ann Devereaux, Principal Engineer, Mars 2020 Lead Flight Segment System Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), NASA, USA

Department of Automotive and Aeronautical Engineering, FET, RUAS organized an invited lecture on “Moon to Mars Exploration – Challenges and Opportunities” by Ms. Ann Devereaux, Principal Engineer, Mars 2020 Lead Flight Segment System Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), NASA, USA. Prof. Raja R, HOD/AAAE introduced the speaker to audience and our PVC Prof. Govind R Kadambi welcomed the speaker with bouquet. Ms Ann explained about various challenges and opportunities at Moon and Mars. She also explained the various technical collaboration between NASA and India in Chanrdrayan-1 programme. Around 300 students from various departments including Aerospace, Automotive, Mechanical and etc. attended this programme. The Q&A session went for almost 20 minutes, many students and faculty asked questions and Ms. Anne clarified the question with more enthusiasm. Faculty and students appreciated about the talk and requested to arrange more lectures like this. This programme was concluded by Dr Srikari, by thanking speaker and audience.

This programme was jointly organized by Education USA Bangalore and represented by Yashna Trust, Bangalore. Ms Brindha Jayakanth form US Consulate, Chennai and Ms. Anita Bose Natarajan from Yashna Trust accompanied Ms. Anne during the programme.


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Distinguished Guest Lecture on ‘Mobile Health Informatics’ by Professor Anthony Faiola, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Ramaiah Medical College and Ramaiah Institute of Technology jointly organized the ‘Distinguished Guest Lecture’ by Professor Anthony Faiola, Professor and Head, Department of Biomedical and Health Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), USA. The Professor addressed on “Mobile Health Informatics: Integrating Interaction Design with Health Data Science”. Faculty Members/Doctors from Ramaiah Group of Institutions actively participated during the Distinguished Guest Lecture.

After the lecture, the Professor briefed about contemporary Programs and opportunities at the College of Applied Health Sciences at UIC. The Presentation included details about UG and Graduate Programs on ‘Health Informatics’, ‘Health Information Management’ and ‘Life Science Visualization’. RUAS is exploring for opportunities to collaborate with UIC on the above mentioned advanced Programs in the Faculty of Life and Allied Health Sciences.


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Guest Lecture by Prof. Victoria Demenova , Dean of Faculty of History of Arts, Cultural Studies and Design at Ural Federal University, Russia

A Guest Lecture on “Social Powers of Design - Design for People with Disabilities, Design Communications in Urban Environment” was conducted at RUAS by Prof. Victoria Demenova , Dean of Faculty of History of Arts, Cultural Studies and Design, Ural Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Prof. Victoria elaborated on how Design as a form of artistic activity modifies over the historical changes in the society. She has presented that in each historical époque the role of design is different. In today’s hectic world of Urbanization we encounter many challenges, hence one of the functions of Design is to reduce their negative impact and improve our daily lives, in particular the lives of those with special needs. Among other projects displayed in the presentation, Prof. Victoria spoke about the one focused on helping autistic children to adopt effective learning technics with the help of inclusive approach by the designers.


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Visit by Professor Vistasp M. Karbhari, President – The University of Texas at Arlington, USA

Professor Vistasp M. Karbhari, President - The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), USA visited Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences. President Karbhari and Professor Pranesh B. Aswath, Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Policy of UTA interacted with the Leadership Group of RUAS to explore the collaboration possibilities. The Hon’ble Chancellor of RUAS, Dr. M.R. Jayaram, Chief Executive - GEF (M), Shri M.R. Sreenivasa Murthy and the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of RUAS, Professor S.S. Sritharan were the key members present during the Event. In parallel, the leadership group from RIT comprising of Chief Executive – GEF (Engg. & GS), Shri B.S. Ramaprasad and Principal, Professor N.V.R. Naidu, were also present. President Karbhari presented about UTA and it’s achievement to the leadership group along with the possible collaboration opportunities for student community of Ramaiah Group on 3+1+1 scheme; joint Ph.D. programme and other mutually beneficial programmes.

Later, President Karbhari delivered a Distinguished Guest Lecture on the topic entitled “Education and Future of the Workforce in an Era of Technology Convergence” at Peenya Campus of RUAS. The Distinguished Guest Lecture by President Karbhari highlighted on posing ‘more questions to the audience’ rather than ‘answering questions to a situation’ in a non-conventional way. Leveraging on Technology Convergence, the Professor emphasized on the future perspective of the Universities through “taking University near Students”; “Cross-pollination on Specializations during Faculty Recruitment”; “Allowing Students to Graduate at their own Pace with Multiple Entry and Exit Options”; “Offering Continuum of Knowledge”; etc.by creating an opportunity to serve students in a modern era as against the traditional University practices and processes. The Distinguished Guest Lecture was a resounding success and well appreciated by the faculty members and the student community of Ramaiah Group of Institutions. The RUAS community expressed their gratitude and profusely thanked President Karbhari for igniting the non-traditional way of educating the student community in the current scenario.


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Prestigious Lecture on “Simulation Applications in Health Care - The Indian Scenario” by Professor M. Manivannan, IIT – Madras

A Prestigious Lecture by Professor M. Manivannan, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Dept. of Applied Mechanics, IIT-Madras was organised at Gnanagangothri Campus on the topic entitled “Simulation Applications in Health Care - The Indian Scenario” . Further, CPR Mannequin with Virtual Reality setup was also demonstrated as a part of the Prestigious Lecture. Faculty Members/Doctors from Ramaiah Group of Institutions (RUAS, RMC, RINER etc.) actively participated in the lecture series. During the event, Dr. M. Manivannan also launched STENOR software which is an arterial stenosis simulation app based on a model of the arterial tree.


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Dr. Tarun Das

As a series of Prestigious Lecture, Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences invited Padma Bhushan Dr. Tarun Das, Former Director General of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to deliver a Prestigious Lecture on Friday, 27th April 2018.

Dr. Tarun Das is an Indian industrialist, corporate executive, writer and a former Chief Mentor of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He served CII from 1967 to 1974 as its Director General and from 1974 to 2004 as its Chief Executive. The Government of India awarded him the third highest civilian honor, the Padma Bhushan, in 2006, for his contributions to Indian trade and industry.

Dr Tarun Das spoke uninhibited on the topic “India: How the nextGen can lead differently”.  The Padma Bhushan awardee started with his brief background and stressed on the fact that “You will know a person very well only if you know his roots”. 

Dr. Tarun Das was highly impressed by the research activities undertaken by Ramaiah University and congratulated the Chairman and Vice Chancellor for the same. Dr Das connected wonderfully with the students and through them hailed today’s youth by a popular quote and a valid question: “Future belong to those who believe in their dreams” and “Are men ready to introspect and change”.  He encouraged and motivated the students to imbibe the feeling of entrepreneurship by advising them not to be “job seekers” but to be “job creators”.

He ended his talk by requesting the students to come out and vote on the Election Day in Karnataka (May 12th, 2018) by substantiating his argument that students play a crucial role in nation-building by choosing right people to rule their nation. He concluded his speech, with a firm belief in the Youth as a role model who is passionate towards the work they undertake. Last few thoughtful words stated by Dr. Tarun Das will linger on in our minds for long… “When God measures a man he puts the measuring tape around the heart and not the head of the man”. Dr Tarun Das has certainly left an indelible impression on the faculties and students of RUAS alike.


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Dr. Bertrand Piccard’s

Dr. Bertrand Piccard, an epitome of exploration and a provider of creative solutions to environmental issues, was thus organized at RUAS campus on Friday, 12th January 2018 at Dwaraka Auditorium in Gnanagangothri Campus of RUAS. Dr. Piccard’s profile, achievements, vision and passion for clean environment matched perfectly with the vision, mission and passion of RUAS towards innovation and creative solutions.

Dr. Bertrand Piccard- a hypnotherapist turned Balloonist, Environmentalist and creator of Solar impulse Foundation (for more information on Dr. Bertrand Piccard, click www.bertrandpiccard.com) gave an interactive lecture highlighting innovation, creativity and pioneering spirit. RUAS and Dr. Piccard have much in common by applying innovation to find solutions for challenging environmental causes. The insightful lecture by Dr. Piccard captivated the audience with thoughts drenched in passion for achieving impossible feats and exploring unexplored arenas.

Some excerpts from Dr. Piccard’s lecture:
“The Company which makes the best candles, doesn’t make light bulbs”
“Innovation does not come from the system, it rather comes from outside the system”
“I made solar impulse plane because nobody has made it yet”
“I know making a solar impulse plane was difficult. If it was easy someone else would have done it by now”
“As a psychiatrist, I was able to make a solar impulse plane as I knew no boundaries”

Dr. Bertrand Piccard’s ‘Future is Clean’ initiative brings together more than 420 organizations around the world toward a common goal of environmental progress through clean technology solutions. RUAS is exploring an association with Dr. Piccard in his endeavors.

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Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik

Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences organised a Prestigious Guest Lecture by Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik - a scholar on Mythology and believes in leveraging the power of myth in business, management and life. The Lecture was organised in a question and answer mode. Mr. Arup Bhattacharya - Chief Manager, HR & Staff Welfare, RUAS hosted the event. The Hon’ble Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) and all the staff from GEF and Ramaiah group actively participated in the Prestigious Guest Lecture.

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Dr. M. Annadurai, Director of ISAC

Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences organised a Prestigious Guest Lecture by Dr. M.Annadurai (Padmashri Awardee – 2016), Distinguished Scientist and Director of ISAC on the topic “Science and Technology in India: A Critical View”. Dr. M. Annadurai shared his learnings at ISRO and key challenges faced in handling Chandrayaan - 1 and Mars Orbiter Mission. Further, Dr. M. Annadurai made the audience to retrospect the status of Indian Science with real-life experiences emphasizing on ‘Out of the Box Thinking’ and ‘Systematic Implementation’. The Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, Prof. S.R. Shankapal, delivered the welcome address and the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), Prof. Govind R. Kadambi, proposed the Vote of Thanks. All Faculty members and students from the University actively participated in the Prestigious Guest Lecture.

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Dr. A. S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO

Dr. A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) delivered the first Prestigious Lecture on the topic “India in Space Age” during the first anniversary function of MSRUAS.

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