Fun in research
Mechanical Engineering students in IISc create a show-stopper for the Open Day event each year for the public to view an intriguing engineering concept in action. In 2020, an enthusiastic team of students developed the hyperloop demonstration. The video that appears here describes their efforts.
The IISc Hyperloop 2020 team has prepared a document of the process they followed in designing and building their prototype. This document will be of use to the next year’s team and others. Please find it here
The department thanks the Hyperloop Team comprising
- A popular science story entitled “Tiny Droplets Bring Big Benefits” written by Mr. Omkar Hegde from Professor Saptarshi Basu’s lab has been selected for AWSAR Award.
Science communication is a critical aspect of our academic lives. A PhD student spends long hours working on exciting problems, double-checking each result, designing beautiful illustrations, and carefully parsing each sentence to produce a PhD thesis. But have you–the PhD student–ever stepped back from this nitty-gritty to introspect about how the public perceives your work? Do you find it challenging to explain your research to friends and family? Let us make it even more challenging: Can you explain your research to a general audience in three minutes using a video? Note that the attention span of people you talk to might not be more than three minutes unless they are intent on knowing what research you are doing. So, you need to catch everybody’s attention in just three minutes.
With this in mind, Prof. Namrata Gundiah conducted a Three-Minute-Video (TMV fo short) competition during the lockdown when all our students were home. The students were given about two weeks to prepare TMVs. The top prize for this competition was Rs. 5,000 (1st place), Rs. 3,000 (2nd place) and Rs. 2,000 for the people’s choice award.
Here are the winners of the first TMV event held virtually on May 26th, 2002
First prize and People’s Choice Award: Mr. Pabitra Badhuk
|Second prize: Mr. Prasenjit Ghosh
Other two contenders who presented in the TMV event
|Mr. Vageesh Baghel
|Mr. Akshay Desai