SRM STUDENTS LEAP FORWARD: Research Scholar sponsored for International Stem Cell Research... Trio win IIT Mumbai Best Design Award for Glider... Winning Research Paper on Carbon Nanotubes... Two from SRM chosen for Indian Cricket Team...

SRM STUDENTS LEAP FORWARD: Research Scholar sponsored for International Stem Cell Research...Trio win IIT Mumbai Best Design Award for Glider...Winning Research Paper on Carbon Nanotubes... Two from SRM chosen for Indian Cricket Team...

SRM, with ISRO, to launch micro satellite by 2010
SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) has plans to design and develop a micro/ Nano satellite within the next couple of years with ISRO," said Mr Narayan Rao, the university's Director of Research, at the Small Satellite Project meeting held at Kattankulathur recently.

The whole engineering faculty, and specifically, the Departments of Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical and Chemical Engineering will play a major role in achieving this goal. "It will provide exciting and challenging opportunities for the students," he added.

Dr. D.A.V. Murthy, Project Director for Satellites - ISRO (Indian Space Research Or-ganisation), explained that ISRO in collaboration with SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) would send either a micro or nanosatellite into space with a specific payload in mind. Stressing the fact that students were the main think tank behind the project, he said all the Departments would have to work together in cohesion to meet the deadline of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) being able to launch a satellite by 2010.

Research Scholar sponsored for International Stem Cell Research
Ojas Mahapatra, a research scholar in the Department of Nanotechnology, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), has been selected to attend a prestigious workshop and summit on stem cell research in Sheffield, UK, in July 2008. He was one among the 16 people selected worldwide, based on their resumes.

In the last three months, Mahapatra has written four research papers, two of which have been selected at the international level and two are under review.

One of the papers titled Atomic Force Microscope studies of the Morphology of carbon nanostructures grown by RF plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (RF-PECVD) has been selected for publication in the Journal of Scanning Probe Microscopy, published by American Scientific Publishers, USA. This paper deals with the formation of carbon nanostructures using equipment called RF-PECVD in SRM's Nanotechnology Research Centre. The equipment uses Argon Plasma to disintegrate methane and form carbon in various forms like tubes, fibres and nanoparticles. Using a catalyst, nanotubes can be grown on a substrate.

A second paper titled Study of effects of toxin on receptors of mammalian brain tissue using iron nanoparticle toxin conjugate has been selected for presentation at the 4th International Conference of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology scheduled to be held in Dublin, Ireland. This paper deals with the synthesis of iron nanoparticles and their conjugation with a toxin (name not disclosed). The conjugate can be used to map the region in any mammalian brain where the toxin accumulates or acts.

Two other papers titled Antibacterial effects of CuO nanoparticles and Wet chemical synthesis of ultrafine dispersion of CuO nanoparticles are under review for publication in the Journal of Bionanoscience and Materials Chemistry and Physics. Mahapatra has been working in areas of Nanobiotechnology to develop diagnostic kits. Currently he is working on establishing the antimicrobial effects of nanoparticles.

SRM Trio win IIT Mumbai Best Design Award for Glider
Three students of the SRM School of Engineering and Technology, Mr. B Giridhar, Mr. V Arun and Mr. G.K Gokulraj, soared high at Wings 90, a National Level Tech Fest held at IIT Mumbai recently by winning the Best Design Award for the sailplane (or glider) they made. There were 90 teams from all over the country, taking part in the competition.

The winning trio from SRM are third year students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. After winning the award, they thanked their gurus, Mr. Radha Kamalakharan and Mr. Shiva, for their help and support. Both mentors are professional aero-modellers, with Mr. Kamalakharan having over 50 years' experience. He has built over 30,000 gliders so far. The two provided the students with balsa and a remote control set.

Among the three, Mr. Gokulraj was the pilot, Mr. Giridhar the team leader and Mr. Arun the chief designer of the sailplane they named 'The Glider'.

They constructed this hand-launched glider in just ten days, using balsa wood for the frame and Monocote, an outer plastic sheet, for covering. They were the only team to have a fuselage (triangulated) design, which is best because it reduces the weight of a glider and also makes it very aerodynamic. They spent Rs.36,000 to build the glider.

There were two rounds in the competition - the preliminary and the final. In the preliminary round, the judges examined the construction details and gave the green signal for the glider to fly in the final round. In the final round, the pilot had to land the glider near the predefined spot that was approximately 40 metres away.

"We wanted to do something new on our own and we are happy that we succeeded. We feel that more students should participate actively in the various tech fests. It will enhance their creative and innovative skills," the award-winners said and added "You get to learn a lot from such programmes and you can gain much from practical experience, which is of utmost importance in day-to-day life."

Winning Research Paper on Carbon Nanotubes
Two second year students of the Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), Kattankulathur recently won the first prize for their paper titled Carbon Nanotubes at 'Interface 08', a National-level techno-management event organised by the Department of Electronics and Instrumentation, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam.

Speaking to Spectrum, the two students, Mr Sauvik Das Gupta and Mr Himanshu Shekar, said, "The social relevance of carbon nano-tubes is significant. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is a major pollutant in the industry today and carbon nanotubes are the main active channels to minimize the impact of NO2. In India and abroad, research is in an advanced stage in this sector and the benefits can be felt in industries like petro-chemicals, power, iron and steel, and automobile." The two students hope to do research in the field of nanotechnology after B.Tech.

Two from SRM chosen for Indian Cricket Team
Murali Vijay, II MBA student at SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), was chosen to play for India in the 4th Test match in Nagpur. He took the place of Gautam Gambhir and opened the innings. He sealed his place in the team after a double century in the ongoing Ranji Trophy tournament. He has a first class average of nearly 50.

This 24-year-old right-handed opener is also in the squad for the first three ODIs against England. Vijay was picked for the India 'A' squad to face New Zealand 'A' in two 'Tests' at the start of the 2008-09 season, and scored 200 runs in four innings. He finished as the second-highest scorer in the Challenger Trophy, with 164 runs, at an average of 54.60, playing for the India Red team. Of Vijay's technique, former Australian captain Allan Border said, "His defensive shots are so assured. And he looks comfortable on both the front and back foot. When he attacks, he doesn't go hard at the deliveries. I can see why this young man is playing."

A promising Karate Champion from SRM
Very often we hear parents exclaim, "I want my child to live my dream." That is exactly what Arshad Amin has done. Not only did he live his father's dream, but he also brought laurels to the country. Arshad, a final year student of the Department of Computer Science Engineering, SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University), Ramapuram Campus, is a Black Belt who has a kick like a mule!

Arshad was selected to represent India in the 9th Asian Karate Championship in the 70-75 kg category in the 19-21 age group and he made it all the way to the quarter finals. There were 30 countries participating in the Asian Championships held in Malaysia and Arshad said, "Their techniques and standards are very high when compared to ours. I was very happy to have won three rounds at that level. With this experience, I should do better next time".

The six-time national champion is extremely down to earth and does not have the "I am a star" attitude. He recently represented Tamil Nadu in the 2008 Nationals. He will participate in the National Games next and hopes to be selected for the Asian Games.