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

Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
IIT Bombay

Educational Qualifications:

  • M.Tech, IIT Bombay, 1995
  • Ph.D., IIT Bombay, 2003

 Broad Areas of Research Interest

  • Quality, Reliability and Maintenance Engineering
  • Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0
  • Product Service Systems

 Current Research Engagements

  • Cyber Physical Systems for defense equipment
  • Smart Production Control in collaboration with machine tool manufacturing industry
  • Prognostics for manufacturing equipment

Past projects

  • Reliability Based Design of Machine Tools: Micromatic Grinding Technologies Ltd.
  • Spindle condition monitoring: Micromatic Grinding Technologies Ltd., Ghaziabad.
  • Warranty Optimization: Greaves Cotton Ltd., Aurangabad.
  • Integrated approach for quality and maintenance: Rockman Industries Ltd., Ludhiana.
  • Relaibility prediction of armored vehicles: Indian Army.
  • Supportability optimization: Burkhardt Compression (I) Ltd., Pune
  • Service system design: Micromatic Machine Tools Ltd., Gurgaon.
  • Product service systems design: Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd., Nashik.

Profile:

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
Foundation and a Trustee of IIT Bombay Alumni
Association of Greater New York.


Educational Qualifications: Research Interests:
  • B. Tech Chemical Engineering, 1970

  • Master’s Degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and in Engineering Administration from the University of Utah.

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,
Mechanical Engineering,
IIT Bombay

Prof. B. Ravi - Panellist

Assistant Professor
Institute Chair Professor, Mechanical Engineering
IIT Bombay

Prof. Avinash Bhardwaj - Panellist

Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Educational Qualifications:

  • University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA Doctor of Philosophy in Operations Research 2015
  • Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Engineering, 2008

 Research Interests:

  • Conic (mixed) integer programming
  • Linear and Non Linear Discrete Optimization
  • Polyhedral cutting planes for mixed-integer programming
  • Polyhedral Combinatorics
  • Optimization under uncertainty
  • Combinatorial Optimization
  • Approximation Algorithms
  • Computational Optimization

 

 Awards/ Recognitions:
  • Recipient of CORE Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2016.
  • Nominated and invited to attend the INFORMS Future Academician Colloquium, 2012
  • Recipient of the IEOR Department Chair Summer Fellowship Award, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Recipient of the MIP Student Travel Award, 2012, 2013
  • Recipient of the Katta G. Murty Best Paper Prize in Optimization, 2011
  • Recipient of Berkeley Graduate Fellowship for the year 2009-2010
  • Recipient of the Suresh Chandra Memorial Trust award for best software project in Mechanical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, 2008
  • Recipient of the Institute Merit Award for securing the highest-Grade Point Average, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Aug, 2008
  • Recipient of the Summer Undergraduate Research Award for exceptional research potential displayed at the undergraduate level, by the Industrial Research and Development Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Dec, 2006
  • Recipient of IIT Delhi Merit Fellowship (July 2004 - May 2008)

Profile:

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.