Indian Scientists & Technocrats: MIT Technological Review

Every young student seeking higher degree in engineering dreams of getting into Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. I also did once some fifty plus years ago. However, only few are lucky. It is interesting to learn about the way the institute through different initiatives is assisting many countries by pick up its young innovators under TR35 such as India TR35.

And now MIT’s India TR35 2012 has also been announced. As usual there are three innovators that are recognized a little differently. Their innovations are significant in some way:

Anirudh Sharma
of Ducere Technologies, Bangalore, has invented Le Chal, which is an unobtrusive navigation aid for the visually impaired. Sharma was declared the 2012 Innovator of the Year.

Somnath Ray
, of Dplay, Delhi, designed a new tricycle that was designed to be more stable, safer, easier to power and steer, more convenient for ingress and egress, and specifically designed around a secure load carrying with display unit functionality. Ray has been selected as the 2012 Humanitarian of the Year.

Venkatesan Oosur Vinayagam of Hexolabs Interactive Technologies, Chennai, has created Mobile Antaksharifor providing easy entertainment. He is the 2012 Social Innovator of the Year.

And the rest

VSK Murthy Balijepalli from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, developed a novel method to forecast electricity price, grid frequency and load which can assist in making power grids smarter.

Anthony Vipin Das from LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, designed eyeSmart, a Web-based application for retrieval of patient records comes in.

Sachin Dev Duggal from Nivio Technologies, Gurgaon, developed a platform that could let users access latest versions of software from their personal computer, delivered over the Internet, as and when they need it, on any device. It moves a desktop computer into the cloud.

Shirish Goyal, LinkSmart Technologies, Bangalore, has developed smartDNA technology, a tamper detection and originality verification system that can address the security threats.

Abhijeet Joshi from National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Ahmedabad, has developed a multifunctional implantable platform that can incorporate several components at the nanoscale to perform multiple functions, such as diagnosis and drug delivery, simultaneously.

Nitin Joshi from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, has developed dual compartment nanostructures which can encapsulate two anticancer drugs, paclitaxel and curcumin, and deliver them in combination to lung cancer patients. It makes chemotherapy non-invasive.

Shaunak Khire of Camber Tech, Pune, has developed a location based advertising platform called Adlibrium that enables small and medium businesses to create advertisements in five simple steps.

Unni Koroth of Foradian Technologies, Kasaragod, has developed an open source student information system built on Ruby on Rails web development framework which now has more than 7 million users in over 100 countries.

Abhijit Majumder from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, has created a microfluidic adhesive that can stick to the surface as tightly as a wall lizard does.

Vikas Malpani of MaxHeap Technologies, Bangalore, addresses a user’s complete residential requirements such as searching for an apartment, facilitating interactions within an apartment community, and connecting to relevant service providers.

Jay Meattle of, Delhi, has created a powerful platform to deliver targetable data and audiences to these advertisers, a demand side platform (DSP) for selling ad inventories.

Vivek Nair of Damascus Fortune, Mumbai, has found an innovative way to convert carbon emissions into industry grade carbon nanotubes.

Animesh Nandiof Bell Labs India, Alcatel-Lucent, Bangalore, has innovated a Personalized Privacy Platform (P3).

Vanteru Mahendra Reddy from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, worked on the development of a laboratory scale flameless combustor.

Hemanth Kumar Satyanarayana of Imaginate Software Labs, Hyderabad, innovated Trialar, a digital interactive platform that helps shoppers try out clothes and accessories instantaneously, virtually, and seamlessly

Priyanka Sharma of Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarhm is the only woman in the list. Her innovation relates to the design and development of a plastic biochip electrochemical sensor to be used for immunosensing applications. The work presents a low-cost disposable electrochemical immunosensor kit capable of detecting environmental pollutants as well as clinical diagnostics.

Sumeet Yamdagni of Instrumentation Scientific Technologies, Bangalore, has developed instruments based on optical fiber sensing technology for structural health monitoring.

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