Meet Alok Pandey, Intel AI Academy Student Ambassador at UPES

Just two years into his graduation program and Alok Pandey’s credentials already look impressive. He is an Intel Student Ambassador and if you notice the swag in this title that’s because it is one of the program benefits by Intel ?. He is the Secretary of UPES Chapter of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)and a Department Editor for ACM XRDS, New York. Alok is a B.Tech CSE student at UPES and is pursuing specialization in Business Analytics and Optimization. His subjects of interest include Data Science, Big Data and Internet of Things.

The Intel® NervanaTM AI Academy Student Ambassador program is a carefully designed initiative by Intel to help drive innovation and evangelism of Deep Learning (DL), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML) worldwide. The academy works with universities worldwide to bring education and access to newly optimized frameworks and technologies, hands-on training, and workshops to students, data scientists, and developers.

Alok was appointed an ambassador after clearing a grilling interview focused primarily on testing his knowledge in areas of DL, AI and ML. He also had to submit details of his recent work and publications in this field. He believes that pursuing specialization in Business Analytics and Optimization from UPES provided him an edge. “This specialization does not limit itself only to the general subjects of computer science, it introduces a student to variety of prominent verticals including Data Mining, Warehousing, Statistical Analysis, R Programming, Machine Learning, AI, Python, and much more. UPES has assisted me tremendously to think, plan, and execute beyond the basic boundaries of learning by understanding the practical implementations of the latest technologies via domain specific lab sessions, and interactive lectures.”

As a student ambassador for the Intel AI Academy Alok has many responsibilities including providing training to a minimum of 125 students. He will also get opportunities to be a host speaker of one or more Ambassador Labs.

Alok believes that one can learn a lot beyond classrooms. He has been able to enhance his interpersonal skills by being an active member of multiple student chapters and extra-curricular activities at UPES. For instance, being associated with the ACM Student Chapter of UPES gave him the opportunity to work as a Department Editor at ACM XRDS, New York.

To Mars and back!

Meet N.Adhithiyan and Rohan Chandra, UPES Aerospace Engineering students who recently returned from Poland where they participated in Poland Mars Analogue Mission (PMAS 2017).

Meet N.Adhithiyan and Rohan Chandra, UPES Aerospace Engineering students who recently returned from Poland where they participated in Poland Mars Analogue Mission (PMAS 2017). Adhithiyan is excited he got this opportunity which will motivate him to work towards his career in Aerospace and not limit his talent within India.

Adithiyan was appointed as a Science Data Officer at the mission. His responsibilities were to manage research and experimental data generated during the simulation period. Since he had to coordinate with the Mission Support Team and provide everyone with required data it made his role even more critical. Back from the mission equipped with practical knowledge and first-hand experience he now plans to publish research work basis his learnings.

Rohan, who was appointed as a Records Officer at the mission, is equally thrilled. “Working with inter-disciplinary crew members, being directly in touch with Flight Director and Capsule Communicators was worth an experience”. He was responsible for preparing log-files of the events, analyze workflows and procedures, plan and schedule analogue astronaut activities, and evaluate overall mission efficiency.

Explaining whether analogue simulations like this can really help us get to Mars, Sebastian Hettrich, PMAS 2017 Mission Director said in an article, “Analogue Missions in general are good and low-cost opportunities to test and study certain aspects of a long-term space exploration mission, such as a Mars mission. They help us understand and address potential risks and issues that the future Mars astronauts will have to face, and therefore, can make such missions much safer and scientifically more efficient.”

Adhithiyan and Rohan also got a chance to try their hands on Martian rovers, get inside the cockpit of Boeing 787- Dreamliner and visit tourist attractions of Poland.

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Rohan and Adhithiyan trying their hands on Martian rovers

 

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In the cockpit of Boeing 787- Dreamliner

Shivam Ohri is this year's student lead at UPES for Google Developer Student Club

In today’s digital age, I think knowing how to use Google is more important than your janam patri’ tells 60 years old Namrata aunty to Shivam Ohri. Shivam is a 3rd year student of B.Tech Computer Science Engineering with specialization in Graphics and Gaming at UPES. Namrata aunty is overwhelmed to learn from him how Google can help someone like her and her husband in accessing new information though they don’t know English and can even help their tiny food shop to flourish.

Shivam has been chosen as the Student Lead for the Google Developer Student Club (DSC) on UPES campus for the 2017-18 academic year. He has been selected after he stood out impressively during the application and the interview process. As student lead Shivam will now set up and drive the Developer Student Club initiatives within our campus. “I will create a core team of fellow students to help in planning and execution of activities that include mobile/web development workshops; events to highlight mobile solutions developed by students etc.”, says Shivam.

Shivam Ohri

He feels that there is a need for students to change their perspective and try to contribute to the betterment of society. In fact, he envisions DSC as a program to enable Diversified Social Collaboration and wants to use technology to solve real world problems. For instance, he wants to develop a mobile application to prevent road accidents.

“For me, the two Os in Google symbolizes infinity- infinite network, infinite creativity and infinite possibilities”, he shares.

DSC is a Google Developers program for university students to learn mobile and web development skills. The clubs will be open to any student, ranging from novice developers who are just starting, to advanced developers who want to further their skills. The clubs are intended as a space for students to try out new ideas and collaborate to solve mobile and web development problems.

Check out Shivam’s video to know more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQApoPnFIeE&t=

UPES Students Win Global Aerospace Competition- CanSat 2017

Team Astral of UPES consisting of Engineering and Design students bag top prize at CanSat 2017. CanSat is a highly prestigious space related competition organized by American Astronautical Society (AAS), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Team Astral waved the UPES and India flag high when it won the highly coveted CanSat 2017 top prize. CanSat is a prestigious annual design-build-fly competition with space related themes organized by American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). 40 teams from across the globe competed in the finals held in Texas, U.S.A recently.

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Team Astral after winning CanSat 2017

Team Astral – a highly spirited, passionate and dedicated 23 member team consisting of students in Aerospace Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Material Science Engineering, Instrumentation and Control Engineering and design studies, may have elicited many smiles due to their variance in heights ranging from 4’10” to 6’2″, but the team was all business when it came to focusing on their goal of winning the coveted prize.

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Team Astral is all business at the launch site

UPES has been participating in CanSat Competition since 2013 and reached the top spot under the guidance of Dr. Ugur Guven and Prof. Zozimus Labana. Scroll below to see the team’s performance over these years.

Satellite in a can!

As the name suggests CanSat or Canister Satellite involves building of a ‘satellite in a can’. During CanSat a team has to design and fabricate the Mission Statement provided by the organizing committee and finally launch it at the competition site. As per this year’s mission statement UPES team developed a solar powered science glider that travelled through the planetary atmosphere, sampled the atmospheric pressure, temperature, speed etc. and sent the readings of the gathered data wirelessly to the ground station.

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This is how a ‘satellite in a can‘ looks like

Team Astral’s members specializing in various domains utilized their respective subject knowledge in developing a perfect glider. Students from aerospace engineering were responsible for making the control surfaces of the glider like wings, elevator and rudder. Material Science students ensured that the team meets glider’s mass constraint of 500gm by choosing right materials for fabrication without compromising on strength. Design students made the final product look impressive while keeping its functionality intact.

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Team Astral with their rocket

Read these stories to know more about Team Astral members and their experience at CanSat 2017: The New Indian Express ; Times of India ; Daily Excelsior ; India Abroad

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UPES Celebrates International Yoga Day

It was amazing to experience yoga practices for all participants at UPES. A large number of enthusiastic participants were seen practicing yoga exercises on the International Day of Yoga on 21st June, 2016  at its Campus in Bidholi. The aim was to generate awareness among students, faculty and staff about the benefits of  Yoga. upes yoga

On the occasion, Dr. Rakesh Kapoor from Brahmakumari Vishwavidyalaya enlightened the audience about the benefits of Yoga in all spheres of life – Physical/Mental/Spiritual Health.upes yoga It was followed by Meditation practice demonstrated  by Mr S Vohrs Sarthak, Principal of Cambridge Sr. Secondary School. Surya Namaskar and  Pranayam was also demonstrated by the Team CSR.

UPES Art Camp attracts talent and artists

Art lovers enjoyed those 3 days of Camp at UPES which provided them an opportunity to express their creativity in color and shape. Much appreciation also goes to ‘Wisdom Society of Creative Arts’ with whom in collaboration this camp was organised.

upes art camp This all India Artist Camp (Paining) brought 25 artists from all over India to display their artistic talents from 02 to 04 June 2016.  This much fun event was closed with a ceremony to appreciate their creations, felicitation and appreciation of the participants.