The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Student Chapter at Department of Chemical Engineering, School of Petroleum, Polymer and Chemical Engineering, MITWPU had the privilege of hosting the Regional Student Conference (SYNTROPY 2019) on the 30-31 August 2019. RSC has been a platform, which aims at exposing students to the industrial trends, and knowledge, focusing on Process Safety and Emerging Technologies. RSC comprised of Interactive sessions, Technical workshops, and the most anticipated Chem-E-Car Competition. Students from all over India representing 22 universities participated in this mega event.
The event was inaugurated at the hands of Padma Vibhushan Prof.M.M.Sharma (FRS, FASc, FTWAS, FREng, FNASc) and Dr.Dinesh Deshpande (Ex-ED, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd). It was presided by Prof.Dr. Vishwanath D.Karad (Founder-President MIT World Peace University). The function witnessed the presence of large number of industry professionals and academicians who were the students of Prof. Sharma. Noted amongst them were HIKAL Ltd, Kajaria Ceramics Ltd and Kirloskar Pumps Ltd. Prof. Sharma’s talk highlighted the importance of Chemical Engineering in every walk of life, from medical science to commodity chemicals to space program. He said that Chemical Engineering today has become ‘ppm Engineering’ as the industry today talks of the purity of products as well as the scale of operation at the ppm level. The inspiring talk by Prof.M.M.Sharma mesmerized the audience present in the Swami Vivekanand Auditorium. Prof. Dr.Vishwanath D.Karad emphasized the union of science and spirituality for the benefit of mankind. With all the advancements in innovation and research, he said that he has been ever curious to understand the chemistry of mind. He inspired the budding Chemical Engineers to pursue research in this direction. Prof (Dr). Kiran D. Patil (HOS, School of Petroleum, Polymer and Chemical Engineering, MITWPU) gave the introductory remarks and welcomed the participants. Prof. Datta B.Dandge, Faculty Advisor AIChE Student Chapter, MITWPU gave the highlights of AIChE Chapter at the MITWPU. Mr.Ayush Mishra (Global Director, AIChE Executive Student Committee, Vice President, Student Chapter AIChE, MITWPU) gave a brief report of the Chapter activities in the past year. Mr.Ketan Patil (Conference Chair, RSC 2019) gave the information regarding the conference. The vote of thanks was given by Dr. Vikrant D. Gaikwad (HOD, Chemical Engineering Department, MITWPU).
The conference kick started with the first event of Mock Placement Aptitude followed by Chem-E-Car safety inspection and Poster competition. Shortlisted candidates from the Aptitude test appeared for the Group Discussion and Personal Interview conducted by Kirloskar Pumps. The paper presentation competition witnessed the innovations and advancements in the field of Chemical Engineering. A workshop for the participants on the COMSOL CFD software was conducted via live Webinar. Day one ended with the cultural night followed by a Gala Dinner.
Day two started with the Chem-E-Jeopardy event. It was a different type of quiz in which questions consisted of solutions and participants were asked to frame the questions. The presence of large number of participants highlighted the success of the event. Then came the much awaited Chem-E-Car event. The participants had to run and stop a model car in a prescribed track using chemical reactions. This event was won by the MITWPU Teams ‘Excelsior’ and ‘Aluminati’ as winners and runners-up respectively. A safety workshop was conducted by Mr.Umesh Dahake of CCPS, AIChE, Asia-Pacific region. This was followed by the Regional President’s meet. NIT, Rourkela was elected to host the next regional conference for the year 2020 followed by Ahmedabad University for the year 2021. The conference concluded by the Prize Distribution Ceremony.