Indian students wowed by engineering facilities

BESU students Twisha Talukdar, Titli Patra, Sayak Panja, and Juhi Chowdhury stand out front of the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.

A group of visiting undergraduate engineering students from India say they like Windsor so much they’d like to come back for a master’s degree.

“It’s a very quiet and calm city compared to where we’re from,” said Sayak Panja, who comes from Calcutta and studies at the Bengal Engineering and Science University. “The infrastructure here is tremendous and the students seem to have a lot of freedom to choose what they wish to study and research.”

Along with Titli Patra, Twisha Talukdar and Juhi Chowdhury, Panja is here for two months conducting research in the brand new Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation. Panja and Patra are working in the lab of professor Narayan Kar on a project that involves maximizing the torque in shared induction motors that may one day be used in electric vehicles.

“We need to decrease pollution,” Panja said when asked about the importance of the work. “Pollution is a big problem back home and developing this kind of technology will help.”

Talukdar is working in the lab of professor Nihar Biswas, where she’s studying a method of using bacteria to reduce sulfates and heavy metals in wastewater, while Chowdhury is in the lab of professor Gary Rankin, researching a supersonic oscillator that can be used in fluid injection systems.

The students said they’ve had a chance to get out and see the city and were especially impressed by Windsor’s waterfront. All of them said they’d like to return for graduate studies and were extremely awed by the new facility.

“It’s so big and shiny,” enthused Talukdar.

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