Los Angeles: For Yash Dhake, a mechanical engineering student, and Samruddhi Dhake, a computer engineering student, the dream finally came true when they came on stage here to receive accolades for their innovations in front of over 5,000 innovators and global industry stalwarts.
Hailing from Chinchwad College of Engineering in Nigadi, Pune, the brother-sister duo showcased their project titled “Smart Product for Waste Management and Reuse” at the annual “SOLIDWORKS WORLD 2018” conference here last week.
They emerged winners after competing with over 850 teams from 196 colleges across 21 states in the design challenge “Aakruti 2017”, organised by the “3DEXPERIENCE” major Dassault Systemes India in November last year.
The waste management plan by Yash and Samruddhi provides a treatment of dry waste and generates electricity, slag, hot water as well as distilled water.
The treatment of wet wastes also generates biogas and manure which could provide great impetus to the agro-based economy.
“We are now looking for the government’s support to commercialise our project that deals with collection and segregation of municipal solid waste and its treatment at a local level,” Yash told IANS.
For Marie Planchard, Director of Education and Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS at Dassault Systems, this is just the beginning and India, which took the lead in producing talent in computer science globally, now has the daunting task of preparing a workforce for industrial design and engineering.
Currently, there are eight SOLIDWORKS incubators in the country — situated at IIT-Bombay, IIT-Madras and IIT-Kanpur, among others, helping nearly 10-15 start-ups each — in fields spanning from eradicating social problems to find solutions for high-end technology.
According to Dr S.S. Lakade, Dean R&D, Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering, they are designing projects that are scalable, address local challenges and provides economic and regional development.
The team used Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology to generate electricity from synthetic gas by gasification of dry waste.