Dear Member,

Warm Greetings from SAEINDIA !!

We are glad to inform you that we are conducting a Professional Development Program on the topic “ADVANCE POWERTRAINS FOR MOBILITY & POWER GENERATION APPLICATIONS” on 18th & 19th February 2019 ( Monday & Tuesday ) Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa, Apte Road, Pune   &  21st & 22nd February 2019 ( Thursday & Friday ) IIT Madras Research Park, Chennai.

Speaker :

Dr K Balasubramanian, Director, NFTDC Hyderabad, India

Dr. K. Balasubramanian, graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, India with a B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering in 1982.  He proceeded to the School of Materials Science and Engineering at McMaster University, Canada to pursue a direct PhD on being awarded the ALCAN fellowship.   He specialized in thermodynamics of Materials and thermokinetics of processes during his doctoral research.   While doing his Ph.D, he also served as teaching faculty at the dept of materials science and engineering.  Subsequent to obtaining his Ph.D he continued research and teaching at McMaster till 1990.

Dr. Bala returned to India to take up the opportunity and challenge of setting up a unique Materials Research Lab in India called the NFTDC, the Nonferrous Materials Technology Development Centre. Dr. Bala has provided the technical and managerial leadership for this unique R & D institution which is a self-financing centre of its kind in India.  He conceived and rendered NFTDC as a Technology Centre which is multi-disciplinary knowledge domain based institution to undertake complex technology development endeavors as interdisciplinary projects involving both knowledge creation (scientific know-why) and knowledge integration (technical knowhow) over TRL 3 to 7 Spectrum. He brought in knowledge expertise not only in for development of advanced materials, innovative processes on the one hand and but also mechanical design, analysis, electronics, instrumentation and control leading to component and systems development & integration on the other which made NFTDC a one of its kind institution in Technology Space.   He was responsible for making this centre into a knowledge creation and knowledge integration enterprise.  He has been serving as its first director for the last 18 years.  Dr. Balasubramanian research interests in the last 25 years span into many end to end Technologies materials, processes and application engineering.  He is know for his (i) Research on Innovative Processes and advanced materials; (ii) Product and Technology Developments in End to End Solution Paradigms; (iii Interdisciplinary R&D, Knowledge Integration and Knowledge Management; (iv) Pattern Recognition and Complexity in Organizational Systems Behaviour; (v) R & D Policy & Leadership.

Dr Balasubramanian has set up many centres of excellence as in (i) CoE for advanced materials & processes (ii) CoE for Engineering Design and Manufacturing; (iii) CoE for Electric Vehicle Technologies; (iv) CoE for Biomedical Devices and (v) CoE for Materials and Energy Devices.  He has published over 100 papers in international journals, holds 5 patents and has guided many for PhD in materials, processes, pattern recognition, knowledge management and reconstructive surgery which are of interdisciplinary nature.  He has won many awards and honours.

Dr. P. Karthikeyan, Professor in the Dept. of Automobile Engineering at PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, INDIA

He has significantly contributed to fuel cell research in India. He received his Ph.D Degree at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M), Chennai on 2008. After successful completion of his PhD Degree at Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M), he received BOYSCAST fellowship (2009-10) from DST, Government of India for conducting Advanced Research Training in the area of “Fuel Cells – Water Management in PEM Fuel Cells” in USA. In part of his research work on Post – Doctoral Fellowship, he also visited Fuel Cell Dynamics and Diagnostics Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, USA and Electro Chemical Engineering and Membrane Science Lab at School of Engineering, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA during 2009-10. He had also visited High Temperature Super and Semi Conductor Laboratory, University of Houston, Houston, Texas & College of Engineering, University of Berkeley, San Francisco, California and Stanford University, San Francisco, USA. Recetly, he visited CINVESTAV-IPN, Saltillo, Mexico on 2013 & 2015 under Indo-Mexican Bilateral Project. He had authored more than 44 research papers in reputed national and international journal, 19 peer reviewed international conferences, and filed 2 technical patent (Invention Disclosure No.: D2010-65). Also, set up fuel cell laboratory in University of Toledo, Toledo, OHIO, USA & PSGCT, Coimbatore, India. He had research coordination with various universities such as the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV-IPN), Unidad Saltillo-Mexico, University of Toledo, OHIO, USA, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire UK and Curtin University, Australia. His research area includes, thermal and water management issues on scaling and stacking up of fuel cell systems, studies on PEMFCs with porous inserts on conventional flow field, MEAs with platinum alloy catalysts and non-noble metal catalysts using nano-materials, optimization of flow channel design and various operating parameters for performance enhancement of PEMFCs, development of indigenous fuel cell stacks for automobile and stationary applications, solving various issues for system development and system integration, design and development of concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) for solar power generation, and design and development of solar energy aided electrolyser for hydrogen production.

Dr. Sushil S. Ramdasi, Deputy Director, Powertrain Engineering, Automotive Association of India (ARAI).

Presently, acting as vertical lead for  engine & transmission design center at PTE, ARAI and responsible for execution of various projects in design & development of engines, transmissions for meeting various emission norms, strength, durability and structural dynamics requirements. Also involved in development of Hybrid Electric Vehicle architecture / supervisory controller for HEV operations / AMT controller development from concept / Fuel Cell Vehicle Architectures and Controls. Have developed engine design software using MFC and Open GL platforms.

He completed Masters’ Degree in Mechanical Engineering in Design discipline, Master of Management Science in Management Information Systems from Pune University. He is Ph.D. in controller development for electric drives for Hybrid Electric & Fuel Cell Vehicles from VIT University and Post Doctorate Research Collaborator at University of Delaware, USA in the field of Fuel Cell Technology

He has 2 patents on LPG fuel metering system and Gas air mixer for stationary application engines. He is an invited rreviewer for IEEE, Elsevier and IMECHE (UK) peer review technical journal papers.

Best Technical Paper Award on High Power Density D.I. Diesel Engine Design & Development for meeting Euro IV norms at SIAT, 2011, India. Outstanding Technical Paper and Presentation award for paper on Supervisory Controller Development for Full Parallel HEV and an Intermediate Experimental Validation at FISITA, 2018, India

International Speakers :

Mr. Ajay K. Prasad, Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Dr. Prasad is the Engineering Alumni Distinguished Professor and Department Chair of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1989 in the area of experimental fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Subsequently, he conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before joining the University of Delaware in 1992. Dr. Prasad’s research interests lie in the area of clean energy including fuel cells, Li-ion batteries, wind and ocean current energy, and vehicle-to-grid technology. He is also interested in energy-efficient, solar-powered buildings. Professor Prasad also directs the University of Delaware Fuel Cell Bus Program whose goal is to develop and demonstrate fuel cell powered transit vehicles and hydrogen refueling stations in the state of Delaware. He has published over 200 journals articles, patents, and conference papers.

Mr. Haverkort, Glenn, Deputy Vice President Transmission Systems, FEV Europe GmbH

Project – Global transmission systems.

Key activity – Expanding global transmission business in combination with profitable projects, Building up new divisions to support transmission projects worldwide, Acquisition of new transmission projects worldwide, Maintain high employee motivation and customer satisfaction, Handling of complex and parallel projects within an organization

Responsibility: Global transmission systems business representative

Competences: Automatic transmission function development (strategy, clutch control), Complete automatic transmission calibration and testing (Shift-quality & Shift-strategies, Cycles etc.), Calibration tool development. Automation of tests (Chassis dyno & testbench), Calibration tools expert: dSpace CtrlDesk & Caldesk, INCA, CANape. CANalyzer, VAT2000, Helios, ATI, TopExpert. Simulation tool expert: Matlab, Simulink, stateflow, GT-drive, TopExpert. Software function development Hybrid concepts (battery, e-motor, transmission, driveability), Software function development transmission concepts (DCT, AT, AMT, CVT), Transmission system expert for safety FTA’s ISO26262, Complex measurement system setup, Model based calibration tool development, Complex and multiple project management, Risk management and escalation management, Customer contact, Team management, Department manager, Business management, Business development worldwide.

Comprehensive Contents of the Programme

Development of EV / HEV, Electric Drives and Controls with Case Studies

  • Global Road map and latest facts for immediate implementation of electrification technology to meet EURO –VI and beyond emission norms
  • Present well to wheel analysis for EV’s / FCV’s and conventional power trains from overall efficiency and CO2 perspective considering present available power generation technology for charging the grids  
  • Probable Classification of electrification technology based on vehicle segment, emission / fossil fuel economy expectations segment wise and technology development and operational cost affordability
  • Required perspective and thought process for Development of strong hybrids / Range extenders / Series hybrids as an attractive option to act as a bridge between full EV’s and present conventional power trains
  • Intermediate experimental validation techniques of supervisory control strategies developed for Fuel Economy improvement in case of HEV before making prototype development investments with a case study
  • Options available and focus thrust areas to make cost effective EV / HEV and FCV from Indian perspectives
  • Impact of implementation of new power train technology on overall Eco system which includes areas viz. skill sets required, availability and affordability of tools / equipment’s, possibility of indigenisation of electrification components suitable for mass production, serviceability and after sales support systems
  • Design and development process of EV / Strong HEV and FCV during front loading process
  • Fundamentals, design and development of Induction motors, PMSM, BLDC and SRM for EV / HEV and FCV applications: Practical and Experimental Approach
  • Brief overview of building an Induction Motor Power Plant Model based on Clarke transformation and state variable equation / finite difference method approach
  • Brief overview of building Direct Torque Control using SVM technique and Field Orientation Control (DFOC & IFOC) using park transformation along with comparison in performance – A Practical case study of implementation of DTC and FOC for Induction Motor Control
  • Convergence of power electronics requirements from best efficiency and performance requirements of electric drives used in EV / HEV and FCV
  • Improvisation potential of electric drives from efficiency and drivability through use of blends of motor control algorithms and multilevel inverters
  • Introduction of Electric tractor and Hydrostatic Transmission technology for tractor and off highway applications

Fuel Cell Technology for Mobility and Power Generation Applications with Case Studies

  • Introduction of Fuel Cell Technology : PEM / SOFC / Alkaline /  Alcohol based Fuel Cells
  • Detail focus on design and development of PEM for mobility and SOFC for power generation applications
  • Design selection of balance of plant for PEM and SOFC
  • Development of low cost and high energy density fuel cell stacks
  • Design through optimisation process for PEM fuel cells
  • Innovation on Fuel Cell development : New Energy Materials for FC applications : Characterisation techniques
  • Water and thermal management innovative solutions for FC performance improvement
  • Use of electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy and Chronoamperometry for improving transient behaviour of FC
  • A practical case study : Development of Range Extender PEM Based City Bus by University of Delaware, USA
  • SOFC as a potential and promising long term option as a range extender for EV
  • SOFC a multi fuel based power generator and Combined Heat Power Plant as an alternate to conventional fuel based power plants

Advance Transmission Technology

  • Potential of AMT / DCT / CVT from Indian Application point of view
  • Technological Brief of AMT / DCT from design perspectives
  • Hydrostatic Transmission for Tractor and off highway application


  • Policy and Decision Makers in the field of automotive, off highway, tractor and power generation sector, Think tank and Govt extended arm executives
  • Corporate leaders / Strategic planners of an automotive, off highway, tractor and power generation sector
  • Technology development groups, Research organisations, post graduate and doctorate professors
  • Core designers of architecture of EV, HEV, FCV. Controller developers for electric drives and supervisory control for EV, HEV and FCV
  • Start-up company executives working in the area of EV and Fuel Cell Technology

Delegate Registration Fee :

SAEINDIA Professional Member : INR 15,000  + 2700 GST 18% = 17,700/-
Faculty Member         : INR 7,500  + 1350 GST 18% =  8,850/-
Non-Members           : INR 20,000  + 3600 GST 18% = 23,600/-

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Pune – Venue Address:
CST No. 1221/C, Plot No. 587, Apte Rd, Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411004

Chennai – Venue Address:
IIT Madras Research Park, Main Block – Hall – 2, Ground Floor, Kanagam Road, Taramani, Chennai – 600 113.

RSVP: Mr.S. Ilangovan | Mobile: +91 88704 71511 | Email : 

RSVP: Mr.Sagar V. Murugkar | Mobile: +91 99222 77224  | Email :

The number of seats is limited due to intense interactions anticipated. Kindly send the registration on or before 10th February 2019 through phone or mail to avoid disappointment.