Team Astral Under Guidance of Dr Guven Has Won 1st Place in CANSAT 2017 Competition
June 29, 2017
CANSAT is perhaps the most competitive aerospace competition in the world. I am happy to say Team Astral who has been working under my guidance for several years have won 1st place in the world in the 2017 competition. Congratulations to the team.
Nice Article about Young Indian Space Entrepreneurs who I also Mentored
June 28, 2017
The offices of Bellatrix Aerospace in Bengaluru may seem unassuming, especially when you are told that six young engineers here developed a water-powered, electric propulsion system for satellites. Indian Space Research Organisation has given the company a developmental order for this system. Bellatrix is also working with Hindusthan Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, to develop a micro-satellite that will be in orbit in the near future.
CEO Rohan Ganapathy, 25, says it all began the day he met Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, in the US in 2011: “I was still in college in Coimbatore, when I got an opportunity to attend a seminar organised by NASA. Aldrin told me that that there is huge scope in space exploration and technology, as a large part of space is still unexplored. Though I was always interested in space sciences, that day fixed my goal. I knew I had to do something unique in this field.”
Ganapathy says his second wave of inspiration also came from the US. When private firm SpaceX built its own rockets, he felt it could be done in India, too. “I knew that space projects are long term, require immense dedication, patience and, more than anything else, huge funds,” he said. Among his earliest mentors he counts Sajjan Jindal, chairman, JSW Group, Dr P.S. Goel, former director, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru, and Dr Ugur Guven, a renowned aerospace and nuclear engineer.
Dr Guven Article on ‘Why future engineers must have global competencies?” is published online
April 17, 2017
Advances in information technology, robotics and artificial intelligence are disrupting business models worldwide and triggering macro-economic shifts. As certain technologies mature and automation helps innovation flourish to bring cost savings, engineering talent needs to be trained and exposed to international experiences.
The profession has become global in nature over the years with major companies having presence in various countries to reach more markets and leverage local workforce for operational efficiencies. New-age skills also make a person receptive to world-class standards of safety and quality.
Coming years will see a core need for engineers who are able to work in a diverse, multi-national, multi-disciplinary environment that sparks innovation and creative thinking. It is a universally accepted fact that engineers with a multi-cultural exposure are able to overcome challenges with greater ease than those with just classical training. Indian students studying various streams of engineering should bear this in mind for career advancement.
Future engineers will need to have an open mindset and be prepared for the global job market. Knowing about different work cultures gives them an opportunity to learn how their peers in other countries perform and provides a competitive edge. A well-rounded and effective engineer is the one who complements core technical knowledge with cross-cultural competence.
While studying abroad, a student is exposed to new conversations and learnings. This improves communication skills and enhances capability to use different techniques for solving technical problems. Engineering breakthroughs are a result of hard work, dedication and exchange of ideas, much of which happens in various geographies.
At the same time, networking is of utmost importance. Studying abroad expands the professional and personal network of these young engineers and helps them bag jobs in multi-national corporations.
Employers generally look for sociable employees who can solve problems effectively beyond crunching numbers and filing reports. Students must learn to work with others through language barriers and cultural etiquette obstacles. Leveraging these skills can set you apart from others. Employers are rarely satisfied with engineers having classical backgrounds.
Cross-cultural experiences through an exchange programme during education can brighten career prospects substantially. In some countries like France, it is mandatory for all students to spend at least four months abroad either for internship or for taking courses in an educational institution before they are allowed to graduate with the title of an engineer.
Employers prefer those applicants who are willing to travel, have experience of doing so and can represent their brand in a positive manner. Learning a new language can also prove to be an asset. An engineer is someone who looks at problems, considers the risk and plots the best course of action. One should be open to learning new things, taking on new challenges, and solving problems in new and informative ways. The risks are low, but rewards are limitless.
The benefits of global cooperation in education, science and trade are too powerful to ignore. Many institutions are working to define and develop engineering-focused learning opportunities. Engineering programmes are raising the bar of quality education and placing more emphasis on critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills than ever before.
Due to global challenges and competition, job markets, companies and supply chains have become complex. Engineering services are often outsourced to countries that can provide the best value or the lowest cost. Thus companies require engineers with analytic skills, passion and inclination to understand the business context and adapt to changing conditions.
Future engineers should have inter-disciplinary skills, leadership skills and an eagerness for life-long learning. Due to these new requirements, the engineering education system too needs changes. Competent universities regularly upgrade syllabuses after getting feedback from students who go abroad on exchange programmes.
The new model must include science and engineering fundamentals, technical skills and specialisation, professional practice, humanities, soft skills and social sciences. Besides industry-academia linkages, institutions should impart outcome-based education in simple, flexible and effective way.
With scholarships and grants, the government too can encourage students to visit engineering institutes overseas and bring back key learnings to work on national priorities like sustainable energy solutions, low-cost but high-quality manufacturing, mass transit transportation, smart cities, water management, universal healthcare, mitigating natural calamities and waste disposable systems. This can lead to immense socio-economic benefits.
Practicing engineers and educators in India must proactively revamp engineering education to address socio-technological challenges. They should revisit engineering curriculum and related educational courses for rapid pace of change in an unpredictable world. The curriculum should be responsive to disparate learning styles to accommodate young students who are creative and productive.
As digitisation and automation increasingly take over the role of humans in repetitive, time-consuming functions across various industries, it is imperative to structurally reorient the engineering education paradigm.
The writer is Advisory Council Member at UN Centre for Space Science and Space Technology Education in Asia and Pacific (CSSTEAP).
Dr Guven Books on Amazon
November 25, 2016
“Nuclear Propulsion Techniques for Spacecraft: Utilization of Nuclear Reactors in Spacecraft for Space Propulsion and Space Power in a Microgravity Environment”, Dr. Ugur Guven, Lambert Publications, Germany, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-8473-2269-6, 2011, https://www.amazon.com/Nuclear-Propulsion-Techniques-Spacecraft-Microgravity/dp/3847322699
“Solid Rocket Propulsion for Space Exploration”, Dr. Ugur Guven and Gurunadh Velidi, Lambert Publications, Germany, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-659-30636-5,
“A Foray into Advanced Nuclear Turbine Propulsion System for Aircrafts: Development of Remotely Controlled Nuclear Powered Flying Devices”, Rohan Ganapathy and Dr Ugur Guven, Lambert Publications, Germany 2013, ISBN: 978-3-659-33383-5,
“Introduction to Nanosatellite Technology and Components”, Lakshya V. Datta and Dr. Ugur Guven (Editor), Lambert Publications, Germany, 2013, ISBN: 978-3-8473-1419-6,
“Introduction to Space Debris: Challenges and Removal Techniques: Fundamentals of Space Debris Removal from Low Earth Orbit and Middle Earth Orbit”, ”, Lakshya V. Datta and Dr. Ugur Guven (Editor), Lambert Publications, Germany, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-8473-1419-6, https://www.amazon.de/Introduction-Space-Debris-Challenges-Fundamentals/dp/3659363405
“Nuclear Power Plant Design Using Gas Cooled Reactors”
by G. Velidi and Dr. Ugur Guven
Lambert Publications, Germany, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-8484-2176-3, https://www.amazon.de/Nuclear-Power-Design-Cooled-Reactors/dp/3848421763
“Exergy Analysis on a Natural Gas Based Combined Cycle Power Plant” by Gurunadh Velidi, Sharma and Dr. Ugur Guven, Lambert Publications, Germany, 2012, ISBN: 978-3-659-16833-8,
Dr Guven Interview on CANSAT Competition
July 17, 2016
Cureo Nanosatellite Project
March 25, 2016
UN CSSTEAP Appointment
March 24, 2016
Dr Ugur Guven has been appointed as the Advisory Council Member of United Nations Affiliated Center for Space Science and Space Technology Education in Asia Pacific for 3 years. The appointment will be from July 2015 to July 2018. Dr Guven will strive to increase the level of space science and space technology education in the region.
My Aerospace Student Smiti Maini as Part of ISRO Mars Mission
May 22, 2015
As part of the momentous ISRO mission to Mars, Smiti Maini, along with her team, was responsible for control system design, analysis and simulation. She also designed the Thruster Failure Detection, Isolation and Reconfiguration (Thruster FDIR) module for autonomous functioning of the spacecraft without ground intervention. All of my best wishes for her as she has realized her dreams.
Weather Balloon Test Flight to 40 Km of Altitude was a Success
May 22, 2012
Dr Ugur Guven and his students launched their mid sized weather balloon to roughly 40 km of altitude to test their payloads and their instruments. We picked a field that was roughly 70 km west of the location that we recovered the payload. There were several international students at the launch site. Weather Balloon Project at High Altitude Test Flight was a success as we were able to recover the scientific payload and we are also able to download the data. Dr. Ugur Guven and students will continue the weather balloon flights in the future.
Watch the Youtube video of Weather Balloon Launch at.
Sounding Rocket Competition Supervised By Dr Guven
April 22, 2012
Watch the performance of the students as they launch their sounding rocket. A great video to help those students experience the event especially if they are thinking of entering the sounding rocket competition. Watch more at Dr. Guven Youtube page.