Department of Mechanical Engineering orgaised a Guest Talk by Dr.R.L.Tummala, Chair Dept.of Electrical and Computers Engg. San Diego State University, USA , on 24th March 2011.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering orgaised a Guest Talk by Dr.R.L.Tummala, Chair Dept.of Electrical and Computers Engg. San Diego State University, USA , on 24th March 2011, at 10.00 in Pea Cock Hall. The talk was attended by 3rd year and Final year students of B.Tech- Mech.Engg. / IPE / IST and ECE.

The talk mainly focussed on Robotics and the modalities of a particular engineering discipline in the said theme, it also concluded that any research in current days is having value addition only if its of interdisciplinary approach and blends various disciplines of Engineering with Life Sciences in particular.

The speaker also emphasised on Self Learning initiative i.e Capstone design, which is developing a live project or model by an individual or in groups but with out any technical or theoritical support from the faculty. This aspect of the curriculum at San Diego State University is making the students well trained on themselves and gain lot of in depth hands on experience in the concepts that they learn in due course of their curriculum, and is making them a more competent and much demanded prospective candidate for the job market. This concept is almost in line with the one of Open Labs at our K L Deemed to be University, that we are in process of developing. The speaker insisted that in Open Labs KL must concentrate more on Inter- departmental Software and hardware and provide meagre technical support, but with proper prior exposure to the students, and if possible make this lab a credited course, by linking it to the thesis or Practice School such that more number of students will partcipate with better interest.

There were discussions earlier with the speaker in chambers of Dr.K.Raja Sekhara Rao,Principal KLCE / Dean Admin. for prospective tie up of K L Deemed to be University with San Diego State University, and the talks were fruit ful and the guest assured of a long lasting tie up both in terms of Knowledge exchange as well as research support. Dean R&D- Dr.K.V.Ramana, HOD Mech.Engg. - Dr.Y.V.Hanumantha Rao, In Charge Open Labs - Dr.A.Srinath and In Charge Foreign Relations Mr.Kishore Babu were present on the occassion.