Design Division

Welcome to Design Division

The Design Division at Mechanical Engineering Department offers a cross cutting environment for  practicing and exploring several facets of design. First time in India and perhaps one of the few among the world, programs amalgamating industrial and engineering design were successfully developed at IIITDM Kancheepuram. Product companies are always looking for talent who can apply their creative problem solving skills to product development in both conceptual and embodiment design stages.  This division envisions to creatively engage in the space between technologies and people. This involves facilitating innovation in the conceptual stage by creating a conducive learning environment for the students in System Thinking, Intelligent Design, Professional Ethics/ Sustainability, Product Systems and Services, Sociology in Design,  and Usability Engineering. In the detailed design stages,  the focus has always been the iterative decision making process which creates the detailed specification and development of sub-systems and their individual elements of the devices so as to perform the desired functions of the product.

The industrial design engineering courses are offered to all branch of engineering students to inculcate the design thinking capabilities to every engineer passing out of IIITDM Kancheepuram. This helps the students to appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of today’s complex product systems and prepares them better to work with  people from all branches of engineering by promoting the team work. 

Key Research Areas

 Engineering design with polymers and polymer composites.

Fatigue and fracture of advanced engineering materials.

Finite element based topology optimization.

Robotics and Control Systems.

Experimental and Computational Biomechanics.

Advanced Finite Element Methods, Material Modelling, Bio-mechanics.

Complexity in product design & entrepreneurship.

Human Factors in Design.

Context aware solutions.

Design for Additive Manufacturing.

Sustainable Design.


Guest Lecture (upcoming)


Guest Lectures (PAST)

Title: Design and Development of Medical Devices
– Speaker: Dr GS Bhuvaneshwar, Consultant & Adjunct Faculty, IITM
– Date: 5 Feb 2018 (Monday), Time: 4:45-5:45 pm

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Mr Padmanabhan, a student turned entrepreneur who has spawned off social enterprises, notable ones being NoFoodWaste and Edudharma. 
Date: 30 Jan 2018 (Tuesday)
Time: 4:45-5:45 pm
Venue: H04/H05

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Mr. Jinan Kodapully. 
Date: 20 Dec 2017
Time: 11:00 am
Venue: Seminar Room, Admin Block

Gautham ThambidoraiMr Gautham Thambidorai, Distinguished Engineer, Google HQ. 
Date: 11/Jan/2018 (Thursday)
Time: 4:45-5:45 pm
Venue: H05

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 Mr T Jayaraman on a new LED product concept being developed by Equad Services 

24th Jan 2018

EHIPASSIKO: Poster Session on Need Identification & Product Concepts by 2nd year students (COE,CED,ESD,EVD,MFD).
Date: 7th  Nov, 2018, Time:   11-13 hrs,
Guest Reviewers: Mr. Vijay Vaidyanathan & Mr. Murali Sundaram, Co-Founders, Npedia (Formerly with Cognizant CTO Office)

Venue: Demo Centre (Old Library)

Title: Digital transformation in a large manufacturing organisation
Mr Kumaradevan, CIO of Saint-Gobain India

Date: 27 Sep 2017,

Time: 4:40-5:45 pm,

Venue: H05

Naresh Nagarajan

Mr Naresh Nagarajan, Senior Vice President, Research & Innovation, Ventech Solutions. 
  • Topic: “Opportunities for Innovation in Healthcare with Emerging Technologies like Blockchain”.
  • Date: 12 Sep 2017 (Tuesday), Time: 4:35-5:45 pm, Venue: H05 

    Mr Siva Thiyagu, founder of CUEDIO Technologies
    The title of the talk will be “Smart Imaging Platform: Design and Business Challenges”.

    Date: 06 Sep 2017, Time: 4:30-5:45 pm, Venue: H05

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    “Understanding Youth Trends”. 
     by Dr Kaustav Sengupta from NIFT Chennai. 
    Date: 29 Mar 2017 (Wednesday)
    Time: 4:30-5:30 pm

    Venue: H05

    Prof. S.Swaminathan. This talk will uncover the origins of Indian temple architectures in one of the oldest UNSECO World Heritage Sites in India – Mahabalipuram – not far away from IIITDM Kancheepuram.
    Date: 23 Mar 2017 (Thursday)
    Time: 4:30-5:30 pm

    Venue: H05

    Dr A Divya, Faculty of Humanities, IIITDM Kancheepuram.

    Topic : “Narrative and Reflective Writing as Artifacts”

    Date   : 09 Feb 2017 (Thursday)
    Venue: H05, New Academic Complex

    Time  : 4:30-5:30 pm

    “Healthcare System in India: Opportunities & Challenges” by Professor V.R.Muraleedharan, IIT Madras, a leading expert on healthcare economics and environmental health.

    Date    : 25 Jan 2016 (Wednesday)
    Time   : 4:30-5:30 pm

    Venue : H05, New Academic Block

    Poster session on Concept Designs and Business Plans created by 2nd and 3rd year students 
    Date: 8,9,10 and 17th Nov
    Venue: Old Library 

    Invited Guest: Dr Badri Seshadri

    “Smart Manufacturing with Open Source Culture: Opportunities & Challenges” by Siva Thiyagu

    Tuesday, 20 Sep, 11-12 hrs. 

    DFMA Lecture, Mr Syed Mubashir Ali, D-espat Pvt Ltd.,

    4 pm , Thursday 29 Oct 2015