Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Amritapuri campus was started in 2004. The department is offering a B.Tech. program in Mechanical Engineering, two M.Tech programs (specializations: Thermal and Fluids Engineering & Robotics and Automation) and research leading to PhD. The present intake capacity is 200 students per year at the B. Tech level and 30 students each in the M. Tech programs. On an average 10 students per year enroll in the departments PhD program. Over 90% of the outgoing UG students are placed in leading companies through campus placements.
The department has competent and committed faculty members drawn from industry, academia and fresh graduates. The department also has a team of dedicated and highly experienced supporting staff to help the students in the laboratories.
Research areas include (i) nano fabrication and nano precision optics (ii) Mechatronics and Robotics (iii) Automation and Computer Integrated Manufacturing, (iv) Heat Transfer, (v) Fluid Mechanics and Machinery (vi) Energy Conversion (vii) Computational Fluid Dynamics (viii) Modelling and Optimisation and more.
The M.Tech curriculum contains research as a compulsory component and the students are encouraged to publish their work in journals even at the UG level. The flexibility in the curriculum allows students to do their project work in Universities abroad, many times helping students to do higher studies in those universities and to produce good joint publications. B.Tech students are encouraged to work on projects, either individually or on teams. For example, Chakshuyaan or vehicle-with-eyes, a recent student project that also saw participation from other departments, won awards in national-level competitions.
The department is proud to have some of the most sophisticated lab equipment in its state-of-the art laboratories. A dedicated team of lab staff is available to guide students in the practical courses. In addition to the campus library, the department has an extensive departmental library with books and subscriptions to print and online journals. The digital resources consist of ASME IEEE online, ASTM digital library, J-Gate, Access McGraw Hill, Springer online, Science direct, and more.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the following programs:
The engineering discipline of mechanical engineering developed from the application of principles of physics and materials sciences. The Department offers a B.Tech. program in Mechanical Engineering. Over 200 students are currently enrolled in this undergraduate program. Even at the undergraduate level, students are encouraged to read papers published in journals. They are encouraged to participate in conferenced and present papers. At a recent tech fest conducted by NIT Calicut, TATHVA-09, Aditya, a second-year students presented a paper titled CPLD Based Robot Control. Aditya won the third prize for this paper presentation. Students are encouraged to work on projects, either individually or on teams. The Chakshuyaan or vehicle-with-eyes project was adjudged as the best student project in many national-level competitions. A team of third-year students, Harisnakar M., Viswanathan, Mrinal Vellodi, won the second prize for their project -- Chemical Car at a recent tech fest.