Optimization for Engineering Design
September 26th to October 01st 2016

Organized by:
Center for Continuing Education &
Department of Engineering Design, IIT Madras

Speakers (in alphabetical order)

Amit R K ( 1998- Btech, IIT Kanpur, 2000- MTech, IIT Kanpur; 2009- PhD, IISc) is a professor at Department of Management Studies at IIT Madras. He held faculty positon at IIT Kanpur before joining IIT Madras in 2010. His areas of interest are game theory, decision theory and operations research.

Balaji C (1990 -BE., College of Engineering, Guindy; 1992-MTech, IIT Madras; 1995- PhD, IIT Madras) is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the IIT Madras. He worked with NIT Trichy and NIOT, Chennai before joining the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Madras in 1998. He has held visiting positions at IISc Bangalore and University of Colorado. His research and teaching interests lie in thermodynamics, thermal engineering, and optimization of energy systems.

Devadas Menon received his B.Tech. and PhD degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He is presently a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at IIT Madras, engaged in teaching, research and consultancy in structural engineering. His technical publications include books titled "Reinforced Concrete Design", "Structural Analysis", "Advanced Structural Analysis" and "Handbook on Seismic Retrofit of Buildings". He is presently Chairman of the Bureau of Indian Standards CED 38 Committee on "Special Structures". He has given several talks and seminars on finding meaning and fulfilment in life through awareness and transcendence of one's ego-self. His writings on this theme include a book titled 'Stop sleepwalking through life!' and 'Sprirituality at work'.

Devendra Ghate is a visiting faculty at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST). He worked at the Mathematical Institute in the University of Oxford towards his DPhil in the area of Numerical Analysis. He also holds a BTech/MTech in Aerospace Engineering from IIT-Bombay. His primary area of expertise is the development and application of adjoint gradient methods for flow simulation codes. Currently he is working in the areas of multi-disciplinary optimisation and uncertainty quantification.

Palaniappan Ramu received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from University of Florida, Gainesville. Prior to joining the faculty of the department of Engineering Design, IIT Madras in December 2009, he had stints at University of Notre Dame and the Caterpillar Champaign Simulation Center, Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are in reliability/risk based design, treatment of uncertainties, optimization and product design . He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of Design for X, Optimization, Finite Element Analysis, probabilistic and statistical techniques in engineering designs.

Ramesh Pudale is working as MFG Account Manager for Autodesk. He is working closely with adoption, influence, access teams and divisions to qualify, develop and expand relationships with each targeted institution/department to achieve adoption goals. Ramesh was nominated by National Skill Development Corporation, Govt. of India, New Delhi as an Expert MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN - CAD from India for the Worldskills 2013 at Leipzig, Germany and Worldskills 2015 at Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is focused on introducing Autodesk's 3D Design products to the next generation of architects, engineers and designers by driving compelling programs to influence the design pedagogy across the post-secondary market in India. He is an innovation specialist, Mechanical designer, inventor, researcher based in Bangalore. He has authored more than 10 publications in CAD/CAM /CAE & Robotics.

Ravishankar Mariayyah, Technical Specialist, is a Technical Specialist with Dassault Systemes India and has been associated with the company for more than 6 years now. As a senior member of the technical services team, Ravi's responsibilities include technical marketing, content creation, training and customer support. Prior to this he was an equipment design engineer working for Intel Corporation in the USA for one year. Ravi was awarded with a Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering by UNC Charlotte, USA in 2007. His focus areas are Multi-Disciplinary Optimization, Non Linear FEA and CAE.

Saravana Kumar G received his Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur in 2004. He was an Assistant Professor at IIT Guwahati before joining the faculty of Engineering Design, IIT Madras in December 2008. In general his research aims at development of representational and computational tools for virtual and physical prototyping applied to arrive at solutions to design problems. Specific research areas include CAD and 3D data acquisition technologies, Rapid Prototyping, Bio-inspired routes for various inverse design and optimization problems. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the areas of functional and conceptual design, computer aided design, optimization and rapid product development.

Shankar Krishnapillai is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras). He obtained his bachelors degree (BTech) in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering, Trivandrum (Kerala University) in 1988. He holds a Doctorate (DPhil) from the University of Oxford, UK in 1996 in the area of structural dynamics. Thereafter he has worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center, USA and held a teaching position at the Faculty of Engineering at the National University of Singapore. His current research interests include Structural Vibrations, Machine Design, Optimization Methods, System Identification, and Socially Relevant Technology.

Sourav Rakshit joined the Mecahnical Engineering dept. at IITM in 2014. Before this we was a postdoc in University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA. He did his PhD and Masters from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is bachelor in ME from Jadavpur University, West Bengal, and has served in BARC at Reactor Engineering Division. His research interest is in multibody mechanics, optimization, robotics and biomechanics.