International Conference on Advances in Engineering & Technology ICAET-14 was held on May 24 -25 under the aegis of University of Uttarakhand and Roorkee Institute of Technology (RIT), in coordination with IRED, in which research papers on various aspects of research and advancements in allied disciplines and their applications were presented.
This conference has provided a platform to the researchers for information interchange encompassing science & technology where many prominent academicians provided important inputs for the benefit of participants so that technocrats may further contribute towards futuristic advancements.
Conference was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Prof Prem Krishna, Chairman Research Council – CSIR (CBRI) by lighting the lamp and worshipping Goddess Saraswati. In his inaugural speech the chief guest elaborated upon the genesis of engineering in India wherein Roorkee is considered to be the first and foremost town where Britishers had started first engineering college in 1847.
Dr. Ashok Mathur from IIT Roorkee described the role of their Earthquake Engineering Department in developing Earthquake Early Warning System (EEWS) in his Keynote Address. Development of this system had posed its own challenges for which adequate solutions were discussed. This system has been successfully developed and installed in Uttarakhand.
Dr. S.C. Gupta Prof Emeritus, IIT Roorkee in his Keynote Address explained the use of one of the latest discoveries related to Meta-materials, their cost effective realization and use in modern science. It is noteworthy that meta-materials are not available in nature, but may be configured artificially and this technology may be used even for building stealth aircrafts crucial for national defence.
More than three hundred research papers were received for publication, out of which, ninety five delegates from India, Malaysia and Singapore visited the conference for presenting their papers. Prof R.K. Singh, Controller of Examination, Uttarakhand Technical University presented the best paper awards in four different disciplines, in which the paper authored by the students of RIT viz. Piyush Pallav, Prashant Dwivedi and Shishir Raj was adjudged as the best paper in the relevant discipline. Encouraging the participants, Prof Singh stressed upon the need of research for the benefit of mankind during the closing ceremony.