Seven ways UPES is raising the benchmark for engineering education

If you are an engineering enthusiast or already pursing a B.Tech/M.Tech degree from UPES, here is how UPES School of Engineering and School of Computer Science provides you a winning edge:

1. Industry relevance: Every course holds industry relevance and UPES works closely with leading organizations to ensure this. For instance, all computer science programs are offered in collaboration with IBM and Xebia. Similarly, civil engineering programs are offered in partnership with L&T. Industry engagement is involved right from conceptualizing programs to designing the content and curriculum. Faculty is also trained on practical aspects, engaging students in live projects wherein industry experts interact with students.

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Leadership teams from UPES and Xebia during MoU signing ceremony

2. Global Exposure: At UPES, engineering students get brilliant opportunities to participate in international competitions, events, internships and student exchange programs. For almost five years, UPES students have been participating in CanSat – a prestigious aerospace event that attracts representation from more than 50 universities across the globe. This year, Team Astral of UPES ranked no. 1 at this competition. UPES engineering students have received a grant of Rs. 20 lakhs after reaching the finals of India Innovation Growth Programme 2.0 which is also known as IIGP 2.0. They will now be working on prototypes of innovative technologies. 

Team Astral UPES at CanSat 2017
Team Astral at CanSat 2017 after winning no. 1 rank

3. Personality Enhancement Program (PEP): The 3-day program acts as an icebreaker, helping students from diverse backgrounds to overcome inhibitions. Besides this, there is continuous focus on developing soft skills, lack of which can hamper professional growth. Students also participate in academic fests like IGNITE and RISE that facilitates the learning process outside of classrooms. This hones their leadership abilities, team spirit and other soft skills.

 

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A prototype developed by a UPES engineering student being exhibited at RISE

4. Promoting innovation: Great ideas need financial support for execution and success. UPES has, therefore, launched a program, RISE – Research Initiative for Students of Engineering – wherein INR 15-20 lakhs is provided annually to convert ideas into reality.

5. Faculty Internship: A four to six weeks of learning process in a business environment provides opportunities for the faculty to correlate theory with practical application, in turn making teaching relevant to the industry and augmenting the realism of the classroom course.

6. Consultancy projects: Students are generally involved with faculty members in research and consultancy projects, which give them additional practical exposure. For example, there are on-going projects of renewable energy, which involve the designing of solar power plants.

7. Exceptional infrastructure: UPES provides right infrastructure in terms of research labs, equipment, software, library, wi-fi classrooms, latest teaching technologies etc. to facilitate holistic learning and growth. A beautiful campus at foothills of the Himalayas is always an added advantage 🙂

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One of the many labs at UPES campus for students to gain practical knowledge

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

Specialized aerospace engineers of UPES

Trained on a wide variety of technical concepts involving design analysis and manufacturing of Airplanes, Rockets, Missiles, Space Launch Vehicles, UAVs, etc, UPES aero-engineers are performing ahead with time. Recently a couple of them have been awarded at various competition for performing best in the area. These include NASA Systems Engineering Award. Among others, few were involved in creating in-house UPESSAT – UPES Nano Satellite Flight Test by creating a prototype using a weather balloon at low altitude test,  which is the first nano satellite made in Uttarakhand. View the video below

Mainframe Technology – B Tech student achievement

Harsimran is happy to have received an opportunity to attend the Global Community Development Program at Kiev, Ukraine for 1 month under the Summer Camp project organized by AIESEC in Kiev, Ukraine.  Harsimran Taggar – a student of B tech Computer Science Engineering with specialization in Mainframe Technology 2011-15 Batch, UPES. During the project, Harsimran worked with children of different age groups from different countries and participated in organizing lessons and games, showing variety of world culture.

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Engineering college student