Mangaluru: A two-day international conference and pre-conference workshop on “Emerging Trends in Mechanical Engineering” was inaugurated on August 10 at 9 AM, at St. Joseph Engineering College’s (SJEC) Spoorthi Conference Hall.
Dr. Subramanian Arunachalam of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of East London, London, UK was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr. Arunachalam is a senior lecturer and holds a Doctorate in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and an Honours degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. He has rich experience in teaching and developing course materials at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering programmes. He has also published 197 articles in high profile journals, edited books and international conferences. He also serves on the editorial advisory board of many international journals and is a visiting fellow and scholar at numerous universities abroad.
While addressing the gathering and the participants at the conference, he spoke about the beginning of his career as a cab driver in Britain with just an undergraduate degree. He then spoke of how he met his mentor Dr. Miller, who showed the right path after which he saw opportunities open up for him. “I never believed that I could possess a PhD. When I asked Dr. Miller how I could repay him, he said that I could do so by helping the needy and those students like myself who were looking for opportunities,” he said adding that this prompted him to start helping and guiding others.
Speaking on the occasion, Principal Dr. Rio D’Souza, elaborated on the title of the programme “Emerging Trends in Mechanical Engineering” and said that though emerging ideas change the time, no one can tell exactly when the times will change.
Director Rev. Fr. Wilfred Prakash D’Souza spoke about how research is relevant to mankind and agricultural productivity.
Rev. Fr. Rohith D’Costa, Asst. Director of SJEC and Rev. Fr. Wilfred Prakash D’Souza, Director of SJEC were also present.