The NorthCap University, Gurugram, organized the International Conference on Engineering Physics, Materials and Ultrasonics from 3-4 June 2016, in association with Materials Research Society of India (Delhi Chapter) and Ultrasonics Society of India. The aim of the Conference was to bring together researchers from India and abroad to present and discuss their latest research and developments in a range of topics in Physics with applications in engineering which would give an impetus to new ideas and directions to research in these areas. During the inaugural address by Dr Satheesh Reddy, Scientific Advisor to Raksha Mantri, on Role of academia, research institutes and industry in growth of futuristic technologies in India, he emphasized that materials research is important for technological growth of India. He told the academic community present that there was a need for R&D institutes to integrate with industry to indigenously produce materials and products. Prof. Vikram Kumar, President, Ultrasonics Society of India and Professor IIT Delhi spoke about materials and ultrasonics research needed for improved sensors, for detection of diseases, defects in explosives etc. In the plenary session, three keynote addresses were delivered by Prof. ESR Gopal, SS Bhatnagar Awardee, former Director, National Physical Laboratory and Emeritus Professor at Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, on ‘New Temperature Scale based on precision sound velocity measurement’; Prof. KL Chopra, SS Bhatnagar Awardee, former Director of IIT Kharagpur and Hon. Distinguished Research Professor, NCU on ‘Thin Films - From Fifth State to Nano-State of Matter’ and Prof. Niloy Dutta, Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, USA on ‘Optical Correlators’.
More than 70 participants from all over India and abroad, mostly from universities and research institutes attended the conference. Over 70 research papers including invited talks were presented in nine oral and two poster sessions. The eminent invited speakers included Dr Mekonnen Abebe, Defence University, Ethiopia; Prof. Kehar Singh, SS Bhatnagar Awardee, former Professor IIT Delhi and Hon. Distinguished Research Professor, NCU; Dr AK Gupta, former Director, Instruments Research and Development Establishment, Dehradun and DRDO Fellow and Prof. Amitava Sengupta, former Acting Director, NationaL Physical Laboratory, New Delhi and Director, RDIL, NCU. Prem Vrat, Pro-Chancellor, The NorthCap University commended the Department of Applied Sciences in successfully organizing the conference which was well received by the delegates. Speaking on the occasion the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brig. SK Sharma (Retd) expressed the hope the conference would help forge new linkages among participants and faculty from The NorthCap University for research collaborations. He said that the faculty and students of the University are consistently working in this field on socially relevant projects.
The Conference was sponsored and supported by Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) and Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO).