15th September is celebrated as the Engineer’s Day in India as a tribute to one of the first and finest engineers India has produced, Bharat Ratna Sir M. Visvesvaraya. He was an eminent scholar, a builder, a statesman, an educationist, and the most celebrated engineer in India, with his engineering prowess being portraited in distributing of water resources and construction of dams across India in such an efficient manner that his designs have prevented massive flooding. He had designed and patented a system of automatic weir water floodgates that were first installed in 1903 at Khadakvasla Reservoir near Pune. He gained prominent status when he designed a flood protection system for Hyderabad. He was instrumental in developing a system to protect the Visakhapatnam port from sea erosion.
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) is always at the forefront of contributing to the development of the nation. The brightest minds in India are taught and exposed to Industrial Engineering tools and techniques at NITIE who can handle complex issues in business, and society. Business value, environmental consciousness, efficiency, effectiveness, productivity principles are nurtured amongst the students through theory, case studies, internships, field projects, seminars, conferences, expert lectures by prominent personalities across the globe.
This year Engineer’s Day has been celebrated in a unique way at NITIE by IISE-NITIE Chapter.
Prof. Balkrishna Narkhede welcomed all the Keynote Speakers, Director NITIE, faculty, Registrar, students, alumni, and staff of NITIE. Prof. Manoj Kumar Tiwari, Director NITIE delivered an Opening Remark. He explained the significance of Engineer’s Day and the legendary contribution of Sir M. Visveswaraya. He also highlighted the rationale behind the establishment of the IISE-NITIE Chapter.
Prof. Bopaya Bidanda, President of Institute of Industrial & System Engineers (IISE) and Ernest Roth Professor & Department Chair of Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering has inaugurated the IISE-NITIE Chapter and delivered an inaugural address on the occasion of Engineer’s Day. He explained the role of the industrial engineering discipline in national development. He is at the forefront in handling many projects on industrial engineering applications to businesses in a pandemic situation.
Prof. Darek Ceglarek from the University of Warwick UK has delivered a Keynote address. He enlightened the audience on Smart Manufacturing Systems and Digital Life-Cycle Management in the era of industry 4.0. He highlighted the significance of industry 4.0 in Product Life-Cycle Management such as Product Design & Development, Process Planning, Manufacturing, Quality Management, Supply Chain Management, etc. His talk was very innovative, research-oriented, inspiring for industrial engineers, and is well appreciated by the audience.
Mr. Harsha Venkatesh, Director Product Line Management from Enphase Energy Bengaluru has shared his entrepreneurial journey on this occasion. He discussed five commandments for success. These are Value Creation, finding mentors, life-long learning, two careers in parallel, running own race. His talk was very interesting and appreciated by the audience.
Prof. Milind Akarte expressed a Vote of Thanks.
A total of 650 students, faculty, alumni, industry practitioners and IISE Members have attended this program. A faculty team (comprising of Prof. Milind Akarte, Prof Vivekanand Khanapuri, Prof Vivek Khanzode, Prof Balkrishna Narkhede and Prof Rakesh Raut); and the student team (Ganesh Tated, Gaurav Singh Tomar and Tarak Kuthiala) worked under the guidance of Prof. Manoj Kumar Tiwari Director-NITIE to make this event successful. Many faculty members and supporting staff also helped to organize this event.