Speakers - Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0
The Diamond Jubilee Faculty Alumni Network (FAN) Symposium (US)
Date: Saturday, 13th October 2018
Prof. Makarand Kulkarni - Convener
Broad Areas of Research Interest
Current Research Engagements
Dr. Makarand. S. Kulkarni is a Professor with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay since Dec 2015. He is associated with the Manufacturing Engineering group of the Department.
Prior to joining IIT Bombay, he was with the Production and Industrial Engineering Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Delhi for 10 years. He graduated in Production Engineering and later did his masters in Materials Technology from the Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science at the Indian Institute of
Technology Bombay. Subsequently, he completed his Ph.D. in the area of Manufacturing Engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. His post Ph.D. industry experience includes application of quality and reliability engineering techniques in manufacturing and IT industry.
| Mr. Ruyintan Mehta - Co- Convener |
Executive Committee of IIT Bombay Heritage
Educational Qualifications: Research Interests:
Profile:Mr. Ruyintan E. Mehta, has been a serial entrepreneur in the plastics industry, who recently sold his last plastics manufacturing business in California in 2012. Over a period of 24 year, Mr. Mehta started, bought, merged and sold several plastic blow molding companies in New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Canada that ranged in size from $ 5 million to $ 34 million in sales. Prior to starting Crystal Clear Inc. in New Jersey, his first start up in plastic blow molding in 1990, Mr. Mehta was a General Manager at Combustion Engineering Environmental (now ABB) and was President of an engineering services company in Flemington, NJ, called Andersen Engineering Services. Mr. Mehta is a licensed Professional Chemical Engineer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Post IIT Bombay, he received his Master’s Degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and in Engineering Administration from the University of Utah.
Mr. Mehta fondly recalls the time spent at IIT Bombay, from 1965-1970, as the best years of his life. The friends made during his college days are close to his heart even after 43 long years. “I was very fond of swimming and often went for a swim along with my friends at a particular spot of Virar Lake, after walking down the pipeline for about half a mile, behind Hostel No. 3 & 4,” he reminisces.Mr. Mehta feels strongly about giving back to his beloved alma mater, both financially and by volunteering to support alumni activities in the US and develop stronger brand awareness of IIT Bombay in the said country. He has generously contributed to Students Scholarships and other worthy initiatives like 'Teach Ten Thousand Teachers at a Time' program of the institute. He is an active member of the Executive Committee of IIT Bombay Heritage Foundation and a Trustee of IIT Bombay Alumni Association of Greater New York. He was instrumental in developing the recently signed Student Exchange Program between IIT Bombay and The Cooper Union, New York City. He has moreover, assisted in raising funds for the ‘Clean Drinking Water Plant’ (CDWP) started by the IITB Hyderabad Chapter. Mr. Mehta is actively involved in the GO IITB 2013 campaign as Co-Chair for soliciting donations from IIT Bombay alumni across the World. “I owe a deep sense of gratitude towards IIT Bombay for giving me such quality education at almost zero cost,” he said. Mr. Mehta is a Certified Volunteer Mentor of SCORE Central Jersey, a non-profit resource arm of the US Small Business Administration that provides free counselling and mentoring to small businesses and entrepreneurs, who want to start or grow their business. Besides guiding the young minds, he enjoys swimming and reading.
|Suhas Joshi - Panellist|
Rahul Bajaj Chair Professor,
Prof. B. Ravi - Panellist
Prof. Avinash Bhardwaj - Panellist
Dr. Avinash Bhardwaj is presently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Bombay since September 2018. Prior to joining IIT Bombay, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) working with Professor Laurence Wolsey and Prof. Mathieu Van Vyve. He has also held appointments as Associate Specialist in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California Berkeley and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology working with Prof. George Nemhauser and Prof. Shabbir Ahmed. He completed his doctoral studies in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of California Berkeley advised by Prof. Alper Atamtürk. As a part of his Doctoral Thesis he studied polyhedral structure of the Binary Conic Quadratic Knapsacks and applications thereof.
Prior to pursuing graduate studies at Berkeley he graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi with a Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in July 2008.