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. 

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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

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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