IEEE Madras Section Annual Meet 2021

Kumarappan N, Chair for IEEE Madras Section

IEEE Madras Section Annual Meet 2021

IEEE Madras Section organized the Annual Meet on 20th February 2021 at Hotel Savera, where several esteemed personalities and young talents of the committee were appreciated for their outstanding efforts. The IEEE Madras Section is one of the vibrant sections in India, which is evident from the membership growth and the various activities conducted. The program started with a welcome address given by Dr. N.Kumarappan, IEEE Madras Section Chairman who shared his thoughts and gave a motivational speech. The various awards include ‘Best Student Branch’, ‘Best Student Volunteer’, ‘Best Branch Counsellor’, ‘Best Researcher Award’, and ‘Best WIE Volunteer’ award. Around 100 participants attended the event.

Also, the Life-Time Achievement Award was given to Prof. Dr. S. Salivahanan – Vice-Chancellor of Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology, Prof. Dr. T. Thyagarajan – Dean of MIT campus, Anna University, and Dr. M. Ponnavaikko – Former Vice-Chancellor of Bharathiar University. Dr. D. Devaraj, IEEE Madras Section secretary gave out the vote of thanks virtually marking the closure of the IEEE Madras Annual General Meeting celebration.

Webinar on “Challenges in an Industry – Innovations through Low-Cost Automation”

IEEE Madras Section Students Activity Committee and Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai organized a Webinar on ‘Challenges in an Industry­ – Innovations through Low-Cost Automation’ on 21st April 2021. About 289 participants from various engineering colleges in Tamilnadu including llTs as well as from industries attended. The Webinar was felicitated by Dr. N. Kumarappan, Chairman for IEEE Madras Section. In his felicitation address, he highlighted the challenges in providing industrial automation. He also highlighted the various financial support and details of awards given by the IEEE Madras Section. Dr. R. Ramarathinam, Vice-Chair, Industrial Relations, IEEE Madras Section also felicitated the Webinar. The session was handled by Mr. Rajesh Rajakumar, General Manager, Department of Vehicle Process Engineering, Renault Nissan Automotive India Private Limited, Chennai. He delivered the lecture on “Challenges in an Industry – Innovations through Low-Cost Automation”.

Student Project Funding (SPF) 2020 – 2021

There were about 546 projects submitted and 63 projects have been extended funding support over a period of 11 years. This year 48 projects were received, out of which 21 projects were short-listed. A pre-final selection demo was conducted online on 5th December 2020 by the Jury. Student teams submitted their project report by 18th March 2021 which was approved by their Guide. This report was studied by Jury members before the final assessment of IEEE Madras Section SPF 2020-21. The final validation program was conducted on 17th April 2021 through virtual mode. Seventeen projects were presented for the live demo. Finally, six projects were found suitable for certification and a cash award of Rs.15,000, Rs.10,000 and Rs.5,000 for first, second, and third places respectively. The Jury members who supported the selection process were Dr. V. Kamaraj – Prof. Dept. of EEE. SSN College of Engineering, Dr. D. Vydeki – Associate Prof./SENSE, VIT Chennai, Dr. Sangeetha R. G. – Associate Prof. Senior, VIT, Chennai, A. Malarkodi – NIOT, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Chennai, and Dr. Satish R. – AROBOT, Chennai.