Dr Anand J Kulkarni

Ph.D. (Nanyang Technological University Singapore) Head, Mechanical Engineering department
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (University of Windsor Canada)

MASc in Industrial Systems Engineering (University of Regina Canada)

The Department of Mechanical Engineering aims to produce quality professionals in Mechanical Engineering to compete globally and excel by carrying out basic and applied research in emerging areas by forging strong industry-institute interaction. The Department offers post-graduate program leading to M.Tech. in Computer Aided Design and Manufacture. The Department also synergizes with Electronics Engineering to offer programs in Mechatronics and in other interdisciplinary areas. Competent faculty of the programme is actively engaged in high quality research.

Objective of the Programme(s)

  • Master of Technology Programme (M.Tech)
    • To generate competent manpower in the emerging areas of CAD&M, CSE and E&TC
    • To impart skills related to analysis, design, synthesis, research and reflection
    • To inculcate in the students an aptitude for lifelong learning
  • M.Tech (Computer Aided Design and Manufacture)
    • Duration: Two years
    • Intake: 18
  • Research Areas in Computer Science and Engineering

    Manufacturing process, Total Quality Management, Total Process Management and Waste Minimization Nature / Socio Inspired Optimization Techniques, Achieving Lean Manufacturing Through Management of Manufacturing Flexibility in Auto Component Industry, Optimization Algorithms (Constrained), Multi-objective Optimization, Continuous, Discrete and Combinatorial Optimization, Multi-Agent Systems, Cohort Intelligence, Probability Collectives, Genetic Algorithms, Swarm Optimization, Artificial Neural Networks, Nash Equilibrium, Game Theory, Graph Theory, Numerical Methods, Fault-tolerant and Self-healing Systems, Self- organizing Systems, Automotive Engineering, Internal Combustion Engines, Comparison of Various Alloys Using High Pressure Die Casting, Micromachining, Swarm Optimization, Combinatorial Optimization, Optimization Techniques, Operation Research, Machining of Composites FEA, CAE, Mechanical Vibrations, Solid Mechanics, Linear and Non Linear Analysis, Viscoealstic and Hyperelastic Materials, Fracture Mechanics, ESA, "Study on Mechanical and Tribological Behavior of Natural and Synthetic Fiber Reinforced Composites", Finite Element and Meshfree Methods, Nature inspired Optimization Techniques, Conventional & Non Conventional Machining, Surface Modification of Die Steel Materials and Rapid Prototyping, Tribological Coatings (PECVD), Metal Matix Composites, Polymer Matrix Composites, Rapid Prototyping, Friction Stir Welding, Conventional and Non-conventional Machining, Optimization, Numerical Methods, Cohort Intelligence, Stress Analysis and Optimization, Project Management, Ergonomics, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

    Orientation and Pedagogy

    a) Method of Instruction

    M.Tech programmes have been designed to transform the students into competent professionals. The institute employs a very effective and interactive teaching-learning process using most recent teaching aids including multimedia. The curriculum has been developed considering the present and future needs of industry and higher education. Teachers prepare detailed presentations, lab manuals and course files to ensure the effectiveness of teaching-learning process. A salient feature of the curriculum is an Internship semester, totally devoted to carrying out projects in the industry. Students of all post graduate programmes spend an entire semester in industry, other organizations, renowned institutions and universities, both in India and abroad, as part of their curriculum. They are encouraged to undertake projects in various areas of the industry to augment their theoretical learning. The emphasis during the Internship is on exposing the students to real life problems in their chosen field of work and their solutions, using a systematic and logical approach employing latest tools, techniques and technologies. The Institute is making a conscious effort to shift from the traditional classroom teaching learning process to a problem based, project-based and scenario based teaching learning process. Students are given projects or problem statements right in the beginning of the semester and they undertake these projects either in groups or individually, depending on the nature of the project, and are guided by the subject teacher. Large, inter-disciplinary projects are also given and encouraged. For M. Tech courses, emphasis is given on the practical know-how and application of the subject matter and special emphasis is given on problem solving and self-learning.

    b) Learning Beyond Classrooms

    Students participate in technical fests, present papers in conferences and also undertake projects in Industry during internship to augment their classroom learning with learning outside the classrooms.

    c) Industry Interface

    It is necessary to give students an insight into the practical aspects of theory taught in the institute. The institute, right from its inception, has ensured industrial participation in curriculum development, guest lectures by experts from Industry, student trainings and internships. In addition to these, several industrial visits are also arranged for students in order to give them an exposure on the practical solutions and industrial environment.

    d) Research and Development

    SIU started Ph.D. programme in Engineering from the academic year 2010-2011. Presently 90 research scholars are pursuing their research from Faculty of Engineering. Research equipment and facilities have been established at SIT to carry out high quality basic and applied research. Faculty members send proposals to funding agencies for sponsored R&D projects in emerging areas of research. They also have a large number of publications in refereed journals and are actively engaged in publications. M.Tech students also get an opportunity to work on some sub- areas of larger research problems as their M.Tech projects and thesis. The institute regularly augments necessary equipment and facilities in the identified research areas.