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Overcoming adversities builds confidence

Education plays a vital role in building the future of our nation by transforming lives and communities. We have several educator heroes who help students aim high and achieve their potential, often meeting and overcoming considerable challenges along the way. Recently Delhi based MT Research & Educational Services (MTRES) came up with Teaching Excellence Awards (TEA) 2018, to recognize the monumental role teachers play in our society as they instil a desire to learn and achieve and create tomorrow’s leaders. Meet one of the awardees, Dr. Ravi Kumar Gupta, Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department, School of Automobile, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, Manipal University, Jaipur, who has been honoured with Excellent Teacher Award in MTRES TEA 2018.

Dr Ravi Kumar Gupta - MTRES Teaching Excellence Award
Dr Ravi Kumar Gupta was honoured with MTRES Teaching Excellence Award 2018

Dr Ravi’s schooling happened from Govt. Secondary School Karauli. He completed his Graduation (AMIE) in Mechanical Engineering in 2001 from The Institution of Engineers (India) while he was working in private small scale industries. He realized that his interests are in research so he appeared for GATE in 2003 and left his job to complete his Master (M.Tech.) in Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing from one of India’s premier engineering institute, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad (MNNIT). During his M.Tech., he received a job offer in campus placements but at the same time he also received a call for Ph.D. admission from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. IISc being the top research institution in India, he chose to pursue the field of his passion. It was a turning point in his life.

Doing AMIE after studying in a remotely located village in Rajasthan was extremely difficult. My uncle Dr. Pitam Chand Gupta helped me a lot in my academics.
Dr Ravi Kumar Gupta

Dr. Ravi’s focus of research as part of his Ph.D. was in the area of Feature-based Approach for Semantic Interoperability of Shape Models. He also got the opportunity to visit University of Bordeaux 1, France, as a Visiting Researcher in 2009. During his Ph.D., he received scholarships from MHRD, Govt. of India, and Indo-French Sandwich Ph.D. Scholarship from Embassy of France in India. He completed his Ph.D. in 2012 and was also honoured at IISc with MAA Communications Gold Medal for the Best Doctoral Thesis.

Dr Ravi Kumar Gupta was honoured with MAA Communications Gold Award for Best Doctoral Thesis at IISC
Dr. Ravi Kumar Gupta was honoured with MAA Communications Gold Medal for Best Doctoral Thesis at IISC

Education from govt. schools, completing graduation while working in private industries, getting full scholarship at MNNIT, gave me the confidence in myself.
Dr Ravi Kumar Gupta

Subsequently, he entered the teaching profession in year 2012 as Associate Professor at PES Institute of Technology (PESIT), Bangalore, and then joined National Institute of Technology, Silchar, as Assistant Professor. He was instrumental in developing the M.Tech. Course in CAD-CAM and Automation at the institute. He was interested in continuing his research and got the opportunity to go to France in 2014 to join a European Commission Project at École Centrale de Nantes (ECN) for three years to do his postdoc. He joined Manipal University, Jaipur, after returning from France in 2017.

I was involved in developing solutions and tools for product-service design and reconfiguration as per the requirements of industrial use cases of companies like Airbus, Arcelik, Comau and Gizelis Robotics in European Union H2020 Project “ProRegio”.
Dr Ravi Kumar Gupta

Dr Ravi Kumar Gupta with Prof. Fouad Bennis, 2014
Dr Ravi Kumar Gupta with Prof. Fouad Bennis of École Centrale de Nantes, France

Participation in Industrial Innovation

♦ Dr. Ravi Kumar Gupta worked with a group of academic researchers, industrial partners involved in a European Commission (EC) project ProRegio: Customer-driven design of product-services and production networks to adapt to regional market requirements (http://www.h2020-proregio.eu/) with funding of €5.15M involving 12 partners from 5 countries.

♦  He has developed semantic interoperability tool for exchange of product model across product development applications.

♦  He has developed solution for nesting irregular shapes with the aim of minimization of material wastage, stock length and optimization of resources used for production. The applications considered are sheet-metal industries, garment industries and additive manufacturing process.

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Dr Ravi Kumar Gupta with some of his students during a pre-placement guidance session at MUJ
Dr Ravi Kumar Gupta with some of his students during a pre-placement session at Manipal University, Jaipur
Dr Ravi Kumar Gupta with students of VelTech University Chennai at MUJ campus
Dr Ravi Kumar Gupta seen here with B.Tech final year students of VelTech University, Chennai, who visited Manipal University, Jaipur, to seek his guidance for their project.

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Dr. Ravi has published more than 35 research papers and has two patents to his credit. His research interests are Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing; Product Lifecycle Management; Product Informatics; Geometric Modelling; Feature-based Product & Process Modelling; Reverse Engineering; Additive Manufacturing; Augmented & Virtual Reality. His top cited papers are in Journals of Computer Aided Design, Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, Computers & Industrial Engineering, Rapid Prototyping, Procedia CIRP. He was instrumental in establishing MoU between Manipal University and École Centrale de Nantes (France) for academics and research collaborations.

About MTRES
MT Research & Educational Services is an initiative to bridge the gap between academics and industry. It was founded in 2013 with the combination of industry, academic and research personnel. They execute various educational events (Conferences, Seminars, Workshops, Short Term Courses, Trainings and Competitions) throughout India. They provide various educational platforms for direct engagement of students, academicians and corporates. They execute internships and placement drives also in colleges. Website.

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