The discipline of Mechanical Engg. offers a 4-year undergraduate B.Tech. Program in addition to a 2-year Masters’ program and research (MS and PhD) programs. The stream currently has around 120 B.Tech students (across four years) along with about 20 M.Tech students (currently in their first year) and about 20 M.S. and Ph.D. scholars.
The B.Tech program gives the students a holistic overview of the stream with emphasis on both fundamentals and applications. The students are encouraged to work on interdisiplinary projects and have a fairly flexible curriculum that allows them to choose electives even from other disciplines to hone their abilities. Internships, both in academia and industry, are encouraged and facilitated so that the students get an exposure to research. A few selected students also have the option of carrying our part of their final-year project at Auckland University of Technology and there are opportunities to conduct industry-oriented projects as well.
The M.Tech program focussing on Manufacturing and Materials Engg. is a flagship program of the discipline and was started in 2019 with an aim to foster industry-specific skills sets and impart state-of-art training in the field of manufacturing. The upcoming Center for Materials and Manufacturing (CFMM) which will house state-of-art facilities is a boost for research as well as industry-academia collaboration. The CFMM will boast of several high-end equipments which include Polymer and Metal 3-D printers, Non-contact CMM, Ultra-precison lathe and IR microscope in addition to simulation software to assist in design and fabrication.
The discipline currently has 17 faculty members and 7 staff members engaged in teaching and research. The stream has three broad sub-disciplines – thermo-fluids, design and manufacturing. Research in the thermo-fluids stream include experimental and numerical heat transfer and combustion, laser diagnostics, thermal management for batteries and computational fluid dynamics. Faculty in the field of design carry out research related to fracture mechanics, robotics and bio-physics. Among the research areas in the manufacturing sub-stream are additive manufacturing, friction-stir welding and solid-state welding, fretting wear predictions and minimum quantity lubrication. Some of the current research projects include studies on soot modelling, studies of battery thermal management systems, modelling of adhesion in thin and soft structures, bio-inspired underwater vehicles, evaluation of cryogenic cooling for machining and micro electric discharge milling of metal matrix composites.
The discipline of Mechanical Engg. strives to create a vibrant academic environment that will inculcate problem-solving skills in students through a curriculum with an equal emphasis on fundamental concepts and applied research.
Currently, the stream of Mechanical Engineering offers programs at undergraduate (B. Tech.) and post-graduate (M. Tech., MS and PhD) levels having courses in the area of Thermofluids, Design, Manufacturing and Materials. The undergraduate curriculum of the stream mainly integrates fundamentals of mechanical sciences & engineering along with electives concerning allied and general topics including professional ethics. M. Tech. at PG level is offered in Manufacturing and Materials Engineering emphasis on developing depth in both fundamental and applied aspects with inquisitiveness.