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Indian students win international innovation challenge

Thiruvananthapuram: A team of five students from Bangalore’s premier Indian Institute of Science (IISc) were crowned champions in the fourth UNESCO-Airbus biennial innovation “Fly Your Ideas (FYI)” challenge at Hamburg, Germany.

Sprouting from the Nonlinear Multifunctional Composites – Analysis & Design (NMCAD) Lab of IISc’s Department of Aerospace Engineering, Team MultiFun consisted of five students presently in the US, UK, Netherlands and India, with professor and lab head Dr. Dineshkumar Harursampath as their official academic mentor.

The far-flung members of team MultiFun, which connected only virtually, were honoured for their idea of recycling undesirable vibrations into stored energy in the global competition that had representations from more than a hundred countries.

FYI is designed to identify and encourage next-gen innovators to uncover futuristic solutions for flight evolution. The IISc team first made it to a shortlist of five finalists, after rigorous worldwide competition from 518 teams, representing 104 countries.

Team leaders Sathiskumar Ponnusami and Dhamotharan Veerasamy are IISc Masters alumni. Other team members Shashank Agrawal and Ajith Moses are pursuing Ph.D. at NMCAD lab and Mohit Gupta was a research fellow at NMCAD lab. Their idea of a Hybrid Battery-Piezoelectric Composite Structure for NextGen Aircraft was extensively lauded by the jury of industry experts from Airbus, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and UNESCO.

Hailing the winning idea as the most innovative for the future of aviation, the jury also commented on the effort taken by the team members to work around the clock to efficiently interact across physical boundaries and four different time zones.

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