GIAN Course: Energy, Education and Innovation



Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN) Course
at IIT Indore in the area of Thermal Science and Engineering

Energy, Education, and Innovation 

March 12 - 16, 2018

Prof. Yunus A. Çengel

Professor Emeritus
Department of Mechanical Engineering 
University of Nevada, USA

Keywords  Energy and exergy analysis, energy efficiency, Fundamentals of thermodynamics, Real-world applications of thermodynamics, solar technology, artificial leaves, battery technology; Role of engineers in research and innovation.

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Course Coordinator
:  Dr. Shanmugam Dhinakaran, Associate Professor, The Center for Fluid Dynamics, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Indore, Indore, M.P - 453 552
Website: | Phone: +91-9111 74 9191 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Teaching Faculty 
:  Prof. Yunus Cengel, Adnan Meres University, Turkey and University of Nevada, USA

Course Details

Contents of this page
1  Course Title
2  Event Type
3  Course Schedule
4  Lecture Duration
5  Course Credits
6  Location and Venue
7  Who should attend
8  Course overview
9  Course Contents
10  Objectives
11  Teaching Faculty
12  Course Coordinator
13  Credit Course and Examination
14  Registration Fee
15  How to Register?
16  Accommodation details
17  Food
18  About Indore
19  About IIT Inodre
20  Map
21  Travel Information
22  FAQ Section 
23  Comments Section

1. Course Title
    Energy, Education and Innovation

2. Event Type: 
    International - Both national and international participants are welcome.

3. Course schedule: 
     March 12 - 16,  2018 (5 days) - Monday to Friday 

4. Lecture duration

    Total duration of lecture : 10 - 12 hours  

5. Course Credits
      No. of Credits: 1

6. Location & Venue
    Country : INDIA
    City       : Indore
    Venue    : IIT Indore

 7. Who should attend?
  • UG/PG Students with background in Mechanical Engineering and other relevant branches
  • Research Scholars and faculty members in the above-mentioned Engineering branches
  • Scientists and Practicing Thermal Science Engineers
  • Executives, engineers and researchers in the broad area of energy from manufacturing, service and government organizations including R&D laboratories

8. Course Overview 
Energy has long been a topic of primary consideration in state policies, environment, independence and standard of living. Over 80 percent of global energy use comes from fossil fuels, which are limited in reserves and have adverse effects on the environment such as the climate change. Therefore, it is important to raise general awareness about energy, to have effective education programs on energy and to develop new technologies that will free the world from the dependence of fossil fuels in an economic way. Achieving the goal of zero-carbon economy depends on improving the renewable energy technologies while reducing their cost and to make energy efficiency a way of life. This requires continual investment in research and innovation in areas of energy with the greatest future impact.

Engineers commonly learn about the fundamentals of energy in thermodynamics classes. For this course to be effective and motivate future engineers to tackle energy related problems with confidence, the course should be relevant and should bring the real world to the classroom. The basic tools for energy and exergy analyses must be mastered to build confidence. Relating the basic concepts to everyday life and extending them to non-technical areas enhances learners’ perspective and the level of interest. Exergy analysis is of utmost importance to identify waste in energy systems and potential areas of improvement with the highest return on investment.

Energy efficiency is long recognized as the cheapest, cleanest and most abundant energy resource with the highest return on investment. Therefore, it is one of the primary topics in energy policies and governmental intensive programs. Developing working mechanisms and forming partnerships with key players are essential for the widespread adoption of energy efficient applications.

Engineering is about innovation, and a culture of innovation is a must to become a knowledge society and to have a knowledge economy. Innovation may involve a business model and a new service as well as a new product. Teamwork and global cooperation are becoming increasingly important for effectiveness and competitiveness in research and innovation.


9. Course Contents  

Thermodynamics education: Bringing real world to classroom: 
Thermodynamics in a nutshell. Strategies to make thermodynamics relevant to students and an effective tool for practicing engineers. Real world applications with high pedagogical impact.

Energy efficiency as an energy resource: 
Energy efficiency is the cheapest, cleanest, biggest, simplest, most economical, most local, most abundant energy resource. The huge impact of energy efficiency in the US since 1970s. Energy efficiency strategies in Europe. Common applications in industry. Holistic approach to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

New developments in energy technologies:
Current concentration areas of research and development in the general area of energy from solar technologies, artificial leaves, and battery technologies to nuclear fusion. EU energy initiative and Horizon 2020. Promising emerging energy technologies.

Exergy analysis and social and philosophical implications of the 2nd law of thermodynamics:
nergy and exergy. 1st and 2nd law efficiencies. Exergy analysis as an effective mechanism for identifying waste and potential areas of improvement in energy systems. Non-physical things that are confused with energy. Exergy analysis of mixing processes and its counterpart in social life in splitting and merging processes. Ontological implications of entropy and exergy.

Engineering as innovation:
Knowledge society and knowledge economy. Role of engineers in research and innovation. Innovation in products, business models and services. The scope of global cooperation in innovation. Brain circulation. The role of universities in science, engineering and innovation ecosystem.

10. Objectives
  1. Priming the participants on the fundamentals of thermodynamics and its real-world applications, and the pedagogical aspects.

  2. Demonstrating the power of energy efficiency with experience from all over the world and showing why it should be the first priority when drafting energy strategies.

  3. Providing a broad picture about the current state of energy technologies and the developments with promising future potential.

  4. Exposing participant to exergy analysis as an effective tool in identifying and economically minimizing waste in energy systems.

  5. Showing the relevance of engineering in innovation and knowledge economy from a global perspective.

11. Teaching Faculty:

Prof. Yunus Çengel is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA and the founding dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Adnan Menderes University in Aydin, Turkey. He received his Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University in USA. Before joining ADU in 2012, he held the position of the Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Yildiz Technical University YTU and as Advisor to President at Scientific and Technological Research Council TUBITAK on international cooperations. Professor Cengel served as the assistant director and director of the Industrial Assessment Center at UNR for eight years. He also served as the advisor to several government organizations and private companies on energy efficiency, energy policies, and education reform. 

Professor Çengel is the author or coauthor of the widely adopted textbooks Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach, Fundamentals of Thermal-Fluid SciencesHeat and Mass Transfer: Fundamentals and ApplicationsFluid Mechanics: Fundamentals and ApplicationsIntroduction to Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, and Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers all published by McGraw-Hill. Some of his textbooks have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, Italian, Greek, and French.

He is the recipient of several outstanding teacher awards, and he has received the ASEE Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award twice. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Nevada, USA.


12. Course Coordinator
  • Dr. Shanmugam Dhinakaran is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Indore, India. He received his Ph.D. in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer from IIT Kharagpur, India in 2008. He had worked as a post-doctoral researcher at University of Pau, France; University of Minho, Portugal; University of Porto, Portugal, and University of Valenciennes, France before joining IIT Indore as an Assistant Professor in 2012. Dr. Dhinakaran is also an adjunct faculty in the Department of Biosciences and Biomedical Engineering, IIT Indore. He is the coordinator of The Centre for Fluid Dynamics at IIT Indore. Non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, Porous media, Nanofluids and Cardiovascular diseases are his research areas.

13. Credit Course and Examination
  • This is a one credit course. An examination will be conducted on the last day of the course.
  • Grade sheet will be sent to the participants after the course.

  • Students (UG & PG)  : Rs.    7,500 
  • Research Scholars     : Rs.  10,000  
  • Faculty members       : Rs. 15,000  
  • Foreigners                 : USD 1000
  • Industry, R&D organisations and others   : Rs. 35,000 
 Fee concession may be given to few eligible participants based on availability of seats up on request. Contact the coordinator (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Step 1: Contact the course coordinator expressing your interest to attend the course (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and wait for the confirmation.
 Step 2: Once you receive the confirmation, you may pay the relevant fee through bank transfer or through DD 
  • Bank details for online transfer (NEFT bank transfer)
  • Name of A/c holder: IIT Indore Project & Consultancy A/c  
  • Bank: Canara Bank
  • Branch: Indore Navlakha Branch
  • A/c No. 1476101027440    |  MICR Code: 452015003   |  IFSC Code: CNRB0001476    

  • Demand Draft:  Please draw the DD in favor of 'Registrar, IIT Indore' and post the same to the course coordinator.
  • Cash (Allowed only for last minute registration with prior approval of the course coordinator, if seats are available)

  • Accommodation will be provided on the first-come-first-serve basis on payment basis in Institute Guest House/Hostel based on availability.

17.  FOOD

  • Participants can have their breakfast, lunch, evening snacks and dinner in institute mess on payment basis (Total costs is around Rs. 170 per day)


  • Indore is located in Central India, 190 km from the state capital Bhopal. It is an education hub of the state and houses both IIT as well as IIM.  It is well connected by road, rail and air. The nearest airport is Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport and the nearest railway station is Indore Junction. Indore falls under Tier 2 cities in India and has a land area of 530 km2. Tincha falls, Patalpani, Choral Dam, Mandu, Maheshwar, Ujjain Mahakaleswar temple and Omkareshwar temple are some of the tourist attractions. The language spoken here is Hindi. 

  • Indian Institute of Technology Indore is one of the premier institutions established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India at Indore in 2009. The institute is functioning in the permanent campus at Simrol. IIT Indore offers B. Tech, M.Tech, M.Sc and Ph.D. programs in engineering, science and humanities stream. For more information about the institute, please visit

20. Map:
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> General information 
IIT Indore is well connected by road, rail and air.
Nearest Airport: Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport, Indore (Code: IDR)
Nearest railway station: Indore Junction (INDB)

> Distance between Airport and IIT Indore 
40 km

> Distance between Indore Railway Station and IIT Indore 
30 km

> Taxi Services from Airport to IIT Indore
Pre-paid taxis are readily available in the Indore Airport.
Taxi charges from Airport : Around INR 700
Taxi Services from Indore City: Around INR 500

For Foreign visitors

: Please visit the website of Indian Embassy in your country to apply for the visa
Invitation letter: Please write to the course coordinator to get an invitation letter. 
Booking flight tickets: Participants may directly book their tickets from their location to Indore directly. They may also try to book their tickets from their location to Delhi (NDL)/Mumbai (BOM) and then separately book the tickets from NDL/BOM to IDR.

>For Indian nationals:
- Rail 
Participants can book their train tickets in from their City to BHOPAL (BHOPAL JN - BPL) 

Participants may get down in Bhopal (BHOPAL JN - BPL) and take the Chartered Bus (http://charteredbus.inVolvo Air conditioned) to Indore. This bus service is available every 30 minutes. Travel time from Bhopal Junction to Indore (Geeta Bhavan) is around 4 hours. From Geeta Bhavan, take an auto/taxi to Silver Springs Township, Indore (if you are given an accommodation in IIT Indore hostel).

Participants from other states:
Bus services are also available from other states to Indore (For example: SRS Travels from Bangalore to Indore)

Residents near Bhopal: Please check this website for more information Drop location: Atal Indore City bus station, Geeta Bhavan. From Geeta Bhavan, take an auto/taxi to IIT Indore in Simrol

Please do not hesitate to contact the course coordinator in case you need any assistance (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +91- 9111 74 9191)

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