NIE signs MoU with University of Wisconsin-Madison

The National Institute of En­gineering (NIE), Mysuru and University of Wisconsin-Mad­ison (UW-Madison), USA, recently signed a Memoran­dum of Understanding (MoU) at Chicago in US.

The main objective of the MoU is to promote aca­demic cooperation between these institutions with a fo­cus on expanding schol­arly ties and exploring the feasibility of establishing a framework for educational and scientific cooperation.

While preparing an over­all framework, it was decid­ed to consult faculty, de­partments and centres to explore mutually beneficial research, and communi­ty-based projects. The stu­dent and faculty exchanges are part of the MoU.

Speaking on the occa­sion, Prof Giri Venkatara­manan, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UW-Madison, said NIE and UW-Madison would investigate outside fund­ing research for projects to determine to be mutually beneficial. Among the six possible efforts to foster this collaboration research men­toring is an important com­ponent, he added.

Principal and CEO of NIE Dr G L Shekar, said that there is already a collaboration between NIE and UW-Madison in the micro grid partnership projects, lead by Prof Venkatara­manan from UW-Madison side and, Head, Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technologies (CREST) Prof S Shamsund­ar from NIE.

This project is sponsored by Wisconsin Idea Bald­win Grant programme. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at NIE is offer­ing 2-credit course on micro grid with Prof Venkatara­manan and one of his re­search scholars as resource persons.

The MoU was signed by Dr G L Shekar, Principal and CEO of NIE and Rebec­ca M Blank, Chancellor, of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Srinath, Batni, NIE Presi­dent; S K Lakshminarayana, NIE Secretary and Angali P Sridharan, Project Manag­er, International Projects, UW-Madison, were present.

The MoU was signed in the presence of N R Naraya­na Murthy, Founder, Infosys and Director, NIE.


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