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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Prof. Surbhi Arora, Faculty UPES

Prof. Surbhi Arora chaired a session in World Renewable Summit on 19th November, 2011 held by ICare in Tulas Institute ( Dehradun).
The gist of the summit is captured here about Uttarakhand’s First Renewable Energy Summit. This summit was the first of its kind organized in the state of Uttarakhand which provided unrivalled platform for all the important stakeholders in the bid to create a beautiful and sustainable tomorrow. This Summit was committed to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technologies by engaging political, business, finance, academic & industry leaders to drive innovation, business and investment opportunities in response to the growing need for sustainable energy.