Engineering Research Seminar Series 27, 2012: Journey Towards Manufacturing Excellence in India

Dr Venkatesh Balasubramanian, Department of Engineering Design at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras

Date: 2012-11-19
Time: 10:00 to 11:00
Venue: Classroom 9-3-03


Eight years ago as a policy decision the Government of India decided to build the primary economy, brick and mortar industries like manufacturing to not only to spread the wealth the growing economy had to bring but also to leverage the tradition of manufacturing.  A flagship program to provide the necessary propulsion to this engine was built by the creation of a new breed of technology-managers, i.e., visionary leaders for manufacturing.  In this talk, the genesis to the current status of the program will be presented.  The talk will end with case studies how this program provided a vehicle to take some of the concepts and practices developed in our lab found their way to make a substantial difference on the shop-floor.

About the Speaker

Dr. Venkatesh Balasubramanian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering Design at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. While at IITM, he had founded the Rehabilitation Bioengineering Group, a team comprising physicians, health care professionals, engineers and basic scientists. This group works on the broad area of biomedical engineering, its application in healthcare product/ process development and technology Management. . He has extensive experience in consulting to various industries in strategic management, new product development and productivity improvement. Prior to joining IIT Madras, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the orthopaedic biomechanics laboratory at Yale University School of Medicine, USA. During that tenure he was actively involved in performing various experimental biomechanics studies investigating the mechanism of whiplash and soft tissue injury. He was also involved in teaching and mentoring undergraduate, graduate and medical students at Yale. He also worked as a research associate in the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center, USA, and Louisiana Tech University, USA. At the VA medical center, he had helped set up the Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory to perform biomechanical studies of slip and falls.