Trivandrum Chapter


Trivandrum Chapter ISAMPE Trivandrum Chapter was formed in the year 1995, with professionals working in leading research establishments of the country like Indian Space Research Organization, Regional Research Laboratory and other industrial establishments. These professionals have been working in the field of composite materials, cryogenic materials, electronic materials, polymeric materials, high strength steel alloys, aluminium alloys and smart materials for space and allied applications. The chapter was formed with Shri Rajaram Nagappa, former Associate Director, VSSC as the honorary secretary.The chapter was inaugurated by Dr. PK Iyyengar, former chairman of Atomic Energy commission. Dr. BR Somashekar, then the president of ISAMPE presided over the function. A number of technical talks were conducted by the chapter during the terms of this executive committee including the technical talk by Dr. AR Acharya, Deputy Director VSSC (Aero) on Smart Structures.

The next annual general body was held in the year 1997 and unanimously elected Shri KS Sastri, Deputy Director, VSSC (PCM) as the Chairman and Shri VK Jaardanan, GSLV as the honorary secretary. A one day National Seminar Nano structures materials was conducted in May 1998. This seminar was inaugurated by late Dr. S. Srinivasan, former Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Center. Dr. KL Chopra, former Director of IIT, Kharagpur and Professor emirates, IIT, New Delhi was the guest of honour and delivered the key note address. About 100 delegates from all over India participated in the seminar. A number of technical talks were also conducted during this period of the executive committee to name a few, Dr. Doru Michael Stefanescu University of Alahaa, USA, Prof. Vinood J. Mody, University of British Columbia, Dr. AK Thaneja, Dr. Suresh and Dr. Subramanium of ISAC, and Dr. BK Das, Executive Director, Centre for materials and electronic technology, Pune. A national seminar & exhibition (SEM 2000) was also organized in association with other professional bodies of Trivandrum. This seminar was inaugurated by Dr. R. Chidambaram, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission in April 2000.

The last executive committee with Mr. MC Mittal, Group Director, Materials Group, VSSC as Chairman and Shri VK Jaardanan, as honorary secretary was elected by the last general body. They have conducted the National workshop on Advanced composite Materials, on 10th February, 2001. This workshop at Trivandrum was organized as a part of NASCOMP-2001, which was conducted at Bangalore by the parent Chapter of ISAMPE and SAMPE International.

The present executive committee with Mr.M. Enamuthu, Head, Composite Structures Division , VSSC as Chairman and Shri Shaji Thomas, VSSC as honorary secretary was elected by the last general body. The present executive committee has already planned to conduct the First ISAMPE National conference on Composite , on 3rd and 4th May 2002. A National Advisory Board with Shri RV Perumal, Associate Director, VSSC as Chairman and an organising Committee are formed for this purpose.