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Distinguished Faculty in Mechnical Engineering - 2016

    Somashekhar S Hiremath - Facts

    Dr. Somashekhar S Hiremath

    Born : 5 July 1970 , Shiggaon, Karnataka , India

    Affiliation at the time of the award :

    Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India

    The Award :

    The Distinguished Faculty Award - 'Certificate, Bronze Medal and Memento' has been bestowed to Dr. Somashekhar S Hiremath in view of recognition of his Contributions, Achievements and Excellence in Mechnical Engineering

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Life and Work

Dr. Somashekhar S Hiremath works as an Associate Professor, Precision Engineering and Instrumentation Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras. Worked as Visiting Professor at Ecole Centrale de Nantes. France and Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. Received Best teacher Awards continuously from 1997-2000 and Students feedback in IIT Madras is always above the institute average.

Some of the Academic details are as follows:

Research Guidance: Completed: Ph.D. : 06 ; M.S.: 03 M.Tech.: 26 R & D Projects: 05, Ongoing: Ph.D. : 09 ; M.S.: 03 M.Tech.: 04 R & D Projects: 02

Research Output: Patents : 02 ; Peer Reviewed Journals : 43; Conferences : 108; Monographs : 03; Book Chapter : 02; Talks : 75

Current Research Areas: Mechatronic System Design-System Simulation and Modelling ; Robotics ;Micromachining ;Fluid Power Systems ; Finite Element Modelling - basically Fluid Structure Interactions; Precision Engineering

Short Term Training Programmes (STTP) /Faculty Development Programmes (FDP)/Continuing Education Programmes (CEP) Courses on cutting edge technologies like Fluid Power Systems, Mechatronics, Micromachining, Robotics and Optimization techniques for Industries, Defense organizations and Engineering College Teachers. As of now 17 Courses are completed.

Recognized Trainer on “Hydraulics and Pneumatics” and “Programmable Logic Controller “ from Bosch Rexroth AG, Germany.

National Awards: 1. Innovative Student Project Award 2005 (Best PhD Thesis of the Year 2004–2005 in the Department of Mechanical Engineering) from the Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), New Delhi. 2. Prof. K. Arumugam National Award 2005 for Innovative Research Work in Engineering and Technology from Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), New Delhi. 3. Certificate of Achievement for Guiding Best MS Thesis in Mechanical Engineering from Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE), New Delhi 4. Certificate of Achievement for Guiding Best MS Thesis in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Society for Technical Education (ISTE), New Delhi.

Area of Specialization : Mechnical Engineering

Motivating the students to build the prototype models of micromachining facility based on the basics learned from the class. It resulted in many indigenously developed setups.

Some of them are Micro-Electro-Discharge-Machine (µ-EDM) with piezoactuated tool feed and control mechanism used to machine micro features and to generate nanoparticles of required size and high yield.

Micro-Electro Chemical Discharge Machine (µ-ECDM) to machine micro features on various non-conducting engineering materials and attempted to generate non-conducting nano-particles. Micro-Abrasive Jet Machine (µ-AJM) with ball screw micro controller based tool feeding mechanism to machine various engineering materials.

Hydraulically Powered Closed Loop Micro-Machining Setup for finishing any intricate and internal features to nano level finish.

The Process

The Venus International Faculty Awards - VIFA, ( is a part of VICAM ) celebrates teaching as the noblest profession in the world by recognizing extraordinary teachers who have demonstrated excellence in engaging their students in inspiring - innovative - path breaking ways to ignite their potential. VIFA 2016 is convened by the Centre for Advanced Research and Design ( CARD ) of VIF and conducted in accordance with the VIF BOARD MEETING resolution vide F. No. VIF / MIN / BM - II / 2016 held on March 16, 2016 at VIF Head Quarters. The VIFA 2016 invited nominations vide F. No. VIF / CFN / FA / 2016 opened on 18 March 2016 from candidates those are in continuous regular service in universities and colleges and working in the frontiers of agriculture, engineering, medical, science, management and other specializations.

- Dr. Somashekhar S Hiremath submitted his nomination in the Engineering Specialization for VIFA 2016 on 9 June 2016 and the same has been selected for the DISTINGUISHED FACULTY Award in the field of Mechnical Engineering based on the Expert Committee report and APEX Committee recommendations as per the 'VIFA Process'. The selection has been communicated via a formal letter [ F.No.VIF/ACP/FA/2016 (AAP-II) ] dated 18 June 2016 to Dr. Somashekhar S Hiremath ( Nomination Code - FA16NC2999 ). Subsequently Dr. Somashekhar S Hiremath given his consent to receive the Award by submitting the registration form on 19 June 2016.

The Presentation

- Dr. Somashekhar S Hiremath has 'Attended and Participated' in the Contemporary Academic Meet-VICAM 2016 ( Agenda : Technical Talks, Research Discussions & Award Ceremony - VIFA 2016 ) organized by the CARD of Venus International Foundation on 9th July 2016 at Green Park Chennai.

- The Distinguished Faculty Award - 'Certificate, Bronze Medal and Memento' has been bestowed to Dr. Somashekhar S Hiremath in view of recognition of his Contributions, Achievements and Excellence in Mechnical Engineering by the following Guest of Honors namely Prof. Manoj Gupta of National University of Singapore, Hon'ble Mr Justice T.N. Vallinayagam of Tamilndau & Prof. Matthew Hibberd of University of Stirling, on 9th July 2016 at the VIJAYA Hall, Green Park Chennai, India.

"This award really helps in remembering and celebrating the novel profession of teaching"

Q1. What is your principles on teaching and learning?

Ans : Learning proceeds more rapidly and is retained longer by understanding the minds, wants, needs, interests and aspirations of the students. So very much essential points in the teaching learning process are well planned subject structure, organization, clear assignment plans, course evaluation procedure, terms and conditions for the attendance and glimpse of the main points to be covered and highlights of the next class and last but not the least main points for quick reference and related literatures/references.

Q2. What's the most significant change you have brought in your institution and what has been the impact?

Ans : Participatory monitoring and evaluation throughout the teaching learning process by involving the students in problem solving and motivating the students to highlights the main points learned from the previous class and make them to think the main highlights to be learned from the current class.

Q3. What's your proudest achievement in the last 5 years and why? what did you learn along the way ?

Ans : Biggest achievement in handling the large size class and motivating them to self-directed learning by proper guidance and directions. Motivating them to arrive methodology and solutions for the real-life problems of the current subjects and constructive and deliberative analysis among the students which made us to understand the behaviors, emotions, weakness and capability of the students in different situations.

Q4. Outline your plan for next 3 years?

Ans : Dedicated teaching with simplified principles, techniques and on hand monographs. Multifaceted research work and development. Development of center of excellence in Automation and control. Quality oriented research in terms of papers, more number of PhD/ MS (by research) scholars, Delivering invited talks on cutting edge areas and problem solving with industries/R&D - Defense/Private in terms of consultancy projects and sponsored projects.

Q5. What this winning mean to you?

Ans : Kind of brainwave and recognition rendered by VIFA to the faculty/researchers is really appreciating and commemorable activity of VIFA. This award really helps in remembering and celebrating the novel profession of teaching with due respect.