I visited the John F. Welch Technology Center of GE in Bangalore this weekend. They were celebrating the center’s 15th anniversary with a ‘Tech Mela’. Solutions from the various business units at GE were showcased. I have admired GE as a company, and their previous legendary chairman Jack Welch (I would highly recommend reading Jack Welch’s books about his management philosophy). This visit was a good opportunity for me the get a better understanding of their work.
The center (also referred to as GE ITC: GE India Technology Center) has over 5,000 R&D professionals working across healthcare, aircraft engines, transportation, energy and other GE verticals. This is the largest multi-disciplinary R&D center of GE in the world and more than 50% of the employees here have Masters or PhD degrees. The GE ITC is involved in supporting GE globally, as well as focusing on local/regional solutions for India and the emerging market.
I got a chance to interact with the head of GE ITC, Munesh Makhija (Managing Director, GE India Technology Centre Chief Technology Officer, GE South Asia). Here is a video of our interesting discussion (https://www.facebook.com/ge.tech.india/videos/vb.480156825343034/1075515979140446/?type=2&theater). It was good to hear about the overall focus and vision for the center, as well as their day to day activities and challenges. Hiring top talent is a challenge for every company and GE ITC is no different. Today, many top engineers want to work in software (and in startups), and this is a big hiring challenge. Along with their presence in Bangalore and Hyderabad, GE ITC is also trying to tap into the advanced manufacturing talent in Pune where they have a brand new state-of-the-art multi-modal manufacturing plant (inaugurated earlier this year). I suggested to Munesh that GE should seriously consider expanding their R&D activities in Pune. Pune is the biggest center for manufacturing in India and hosts many advanced manufacturing capabilities across large and SME companies, including a large talent pool.
Healthcare is one of the biggest groups at the GE ITC and is involved in developing solutions across imaging, maternal health, critical care, surgery and other areas. Solutions for the global market, as well as India/Emerging Market are developed here. We got an overview of these solutions from Shyam Rajan, CTO, GE Healthcare India.
A new latest PET/MRI scanner was on display (IMAGE). This scanner can simultaneously carry out the PET and MRI scans of a patient. A low-cost, award winning CT scanner was also showcased, specifically targeted for the developing markets, where cost and space are big issues.
Some of the other technology areas on display included:
Transportation – Diesel Locomotives, Fleet Management, Marine Engines
Energy – Oil & Gas, Wind Power
Gas Turbine Power Generation, Electricity Distribution, Smart Grids
It is very interesting to note the diverse engineering and technology areas that GE is involved in. They are addressing the core problems in energy, transportation and healthcare. It was good visiting these various solution areas and learning more about the solutions and tech challenges involved. The kinds of problems being addressed include machine design, modeling & simulation, advanced materials, hi-tech manufacturing, data analytics, big-data, software programming, signal/image processing, structural design, electronics control systems, and many more.
I would have liked to see more of the aircraft engine technology on display. Unfortunately (I guess due to IP/competitive restrictions) couldn’t see a lot in this area.
I also got a chance to interact with Sukla Chandra General Manager, GE Global Research, Bangalore Director-Legal, Patents & Analytics Centre of Excellence. Patents are a big focus area for GE, and Sukla’s team is responsible for providing strategic IP support to GE Global Research and several other GE businesses. In addition the patents center, Sukla also co-leads the GE Women’s Network Initiatives for India. The patents legacy of GE goes all the way back to the founder, Thomas Edison (who is credited with more than 1000 patents).
As part of the Tech Mela Event, GE released an info-graphic on their work in India (good summary): http://www.slideshare.net/GE_India/ge-reiterates-its-commitment-to-design-make-in-india-52449008
Pune is well-known in India and internationally for being a hub of education and research. It has a wide range of academic & research institutions spanning various domains in science, technology, medicine, agriculture, arts, humanities, law, finance, etc. This blog article is an attempt to list out these various institutions. If you find any missing, please add a comment.
Science & Technology
University of Pune www.unipune.ac.in
One of the top universities in the country, established in 1948.
College Of Engineering Pune (COEP) www.coep.org.in
One of the top engineering colleges in the country. Also, the second oldest engg college in India (Established: 1853).
National Chemical Laboratory http://www.ncl-india.org/
The top research organization in India that is focused on Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) http://www.araiindia.com/
A collaborative effort between the Government and Industry, focused on testing and validation of various automotive related technologies.
Bhaskaracharya Pratishthana (Bhaskaracharya Institute of Mathematics) http://www.bprim.org/
Educational and Research Institute in Mathematics
Inter University Center For Astronomy & Astro-Physics (IUCAA) http://www.iucaa.ernet.in/Home.html
Focused on academics research in astronomy and astro-physics.
National Center For Radio Astro-Physics ((NCRA – TIFR) http://ncra.tifr.res.in/
A division of TIFR, focused on research in Astro-physics. (Also involved with the GMRT (Giant Meter Wave Radio Telescope) Project near Naranygaon.
Central Institute Of Road Transport (CIRT) http://www.cirtindia.com
Research on roads and transportation.
Indian Mathematical Society http://www.indianmathsociety.org.in/
Indian Mathematical Society (IMS) is the oldest and the largest Mathematical Society of the Countrywith more than 1600 Life Members. The objects of the Society is the promotion of Mathematical Study and Research. Its central activity is to inspire and encourage researchers, educationists, students and all the mathematics loving persons .
Tata Research Development & Design Center (TRDDC) http://www.tcs-trddc.com
Part of the Tata Group – focused on research in various engineering and computer science related areas.
Computational Research Laboratories (CRL) http://www.crlindia.com/
CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Sons Ltd. The company is into the R&D and business of High Performance Computing (HPC) services and solutions.
Center For Development In Advanced Computing (CDAC) http://www.cdac.in/
Focused on advanced computing related research. Renowned for developing India’s first supercomputer ‘Param’.
Systems Research Institute (SRI) http://www.sripune.org/
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research IISER http://www.iiserpune.ac.in/
Research and post-graduate academics in Sciences
Indian Meteorological Department http://www.imd.gov.in/
Weather forecasting and analysis
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology IITM http://www.tropmet.res.in/
Weather forecasting and analysis
Central Water & Power Research CWPRS http://cwprs.gov.in/
Agharkar Research Institute http://www.aripune.org/
Bio-sciences, agriculture research
BAIF Development Research Foundation http://www.baif.org.in/aspx_pages/index.asp
Research in rural sustainable development – agriculture, animal sciences and bio-energy.
Vasantdada Sugar Institute http://www.vsisugar.com
Sugarcane and sugar research and process development
Agriculture College http://mpkv.mah.nic.in/PUNECOL.HTM
One of the first Agricultural Research Institutions, established over 100 years ago. Research in various types of crops, cultivation, seeds, etc.
National Center For Research In Grapes http://nrcgrapes.nic.in/
Institute of Bio-Informatics & Bio-Technology (IBB) http://www.unipune.ac.in/snc/institute_of_bioinformatics_and_biotechnology/default.htm
Research in advanced bio-informatics and bio-technology.
BJ Medical College http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._J._Medical_College,_Pune Academics & Research in the field of Medicine.
Academics and research in medicine.
National Institute of Virology (NIV) http://www.niv.co.in/
Research in virology. WHO Collaborating Center for arboviruses reference and hemorrhagic fever reference and research. National Monitoring Center for Influenza, Japanese encephalitis, Rota , Measles and Hepatitis.
National AIDS Research Center http://www.nari-icmr.res.in/
Various aspects of research on HIV and AIDS through infra-structural development, capacity building & research programs.
National Center for Cell Science http://www.nccs.res.in/
National Center For Research In Onion & Garlic http://nrcog.mah.nic.in/
Arts, Humanities, Management & Law
University of Pune www.unipune.ac.in
Deccan College http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deccan_College_(Pune)
Film & Television Institute Of India (FTII) www.ftiindia.com
National Film Archives http://nfaipune.nic.in/
ILS Law College www.ilslaw.edu One of the top Law Colleges in India
Gokhale Institute http://www.gipe.ernet.in/
Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute http://www.bori.ac.in/
Bharat Itihaas Sanshodhak Mandal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bharat_Itihas_Sanshodhak_Mandal
Max Mueller Bhuvan http://www.goethe.de/ins/in/poo/enindex.htm
National Institute of Banking Management http://www.nibmindia.org/
Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA) http://www.yashada.org/
National Insurance Academy http://www.niapune.com/
International center of excellence in insurance training, education and research
DRDO (ARDE, ERDL, HEMR, others) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defence_Research_and_Development_Organisation
Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) http://afmc.nic.in
National Defense Academy (NDA) http://www.nda.nic.in/
Defense Institute Of Armament Technology (Previously: Institute of Armament Technology )http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defence_Institute_of_Advanced_Technology
College of Military Engineering (CME) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/College_of_Military_Engineering,_Pune,_India
We recently featured a multi-part series on PuneTech (an online tech community that I am actively involved in) regarding “Optimization in real world”. The primary aim of this series was to explain the esoteric world of ‘Optimization’ in simple layman terms. I am including a set of links for these articles below.
Note that in the past, PuneTech has also published some introductory articles on Supply Chain Management (SCM) and the optimization & decision support challenges involved in various real world SCM problems.
It was an honor to have Dr. Narayan Venkatasubramanyan, an Optimization Guru and one of the original pioneers in applying Optimization to Supply Chain Management, as a contributor for PuneTech. Who better to write about ‘Optimization in the real world’ than Narayan! I had the privilege of working closely with Narayan at i2 Technologies in Dallas for nearly 10 years.
Here are the links to the 4 articles:
I have also included a brief excerpt from Narayan’s first article, giving some background about this series:
“the following entry was prompted by a request for an article on the topic of “optimization” for publication in punetech.com, a website co-founded by amit paranjape, a friend and former colleague. for reasons that may have something to do with the fact that i’ve made a living for a couple of decades as a practitioner of that dark art known as optimization, he felt that i was best qualified to write about the subject for an audience that was technically savvy but not necessarily aware of the application of optimization. it took me a while to overcome my initial reluctance: is there really an audience for this after all, even my daughter feigns disgust every time i bring up the topic of what i do. after some thought, i accepted the challenge as long as i could take a slightly unusual approach to a “technical” topic: i decided to personalize it by rooting in a personal-professional experience. i could then branch off into a variety of different aspects of that experience, some technical, some not so much. read on ….”
PuneTech completes its first year today. We have come a long way since March 6 2008, thanks to the great efforts of its founder Navin Kabra, and the enthusiastic support of the PuneTech Community. Going forward, it is critical to get the word out regarding this effort and drive even more participation. With these goals in mind, we have featured two articles on PuneTech today.
Your feedback on PuneTech’s progress and objectives going forward would be very helpful…. And any help in evangelizing PuneTech would be great!