Celebrating Innovation & Excellence on National Engineers' Day 2023
Every year on September 15th, India observes Engineers' Day to honor the remarkable contributions of its engineers, marking the birth anniversary of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, a visionary engineer and statesman who played a pivotal role in shaping modern India. This day not only pays tribute to his legacy but also celebrates the tireless efforts and innovative spirit of engineers across the country. The celebration of the first National Engineers Day dates back to 1968, recognizing the efforts of engineers in society and appreciating their work in advancing and improving our lives. This day also commemorates the birth anniversary of Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya, the civil engineer who served as the 19th Dewan of Mysore from 1912 to 1918. Sir M. Visvesvaraya, one of India's most celebrated engineers and a visionary statesman, left an indelible mark in multiple fields, including designing the Krishna Raja Sagara Dam, an engineering marvel that continues to provide water for irrigation and drinking to several districts in Karnataka. Engineers' Day serves as a fitting tribute to Sir M. Visvesvaraya's enduring legacy, embodying qualities of dedication, innovation, and excellence that engineers strive to uphold, and it serves as a reminder of engineers' pivotal role in shaping our future through problem-solving and technological advancements. As we step into Engineers' Day 2023, let's take a closer look at the importance of this day and the invaluable role engineers play in our lives.
The theme for National Engineers' Day in 2023, 'Engineering for a Sustainable Future,' highlights the relevance of engineering in our current era where the pursuit of sustainable solutions is paramount. Engineers are instrumental in addressing global challenges such as climate change, resource depletion, and environmental degradation. They are at the forefront of developing innovative technologies that promote sustainability, from renewable energy systems to eco-friendly infrastructure. The 2023 theme encourages engineers to focus on creating solutions that not only meet present needs but also safeguard the well-being of future generations, emphasizing the critical role engineers’ play in building a greener and more sustainable world.
On August 23, 2023, the Indian spacecraft Chandrayaan-3 achieved a remarkable soft landing on the moon's surface, a monumental achievement that showcased the dedication and expertise of approximately 50 MECON engineers led by S. R. Majumdar. India's commitment to sustainable practices extended beyond space exploration, as Indian engineers also actively pursued renewable energy initiatives, including solar and wind energy projects, contributing significantly to the nation's renewable energy capacity expansion. Furthermore, in response to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists and engineers worked diligently to develop telemedicine programs and devices. India's prowess in international software development, cloud computing, and cybersecurity continued to thrive, underscoring its prominence in the IT and software sector. The biotechnology industry in India experienced growth, driven by advancements in genetic engineering, biopharmaceuticals, and healthcare-related technologies. Engineers played a pivotal role in pushing the boundaries of transportation, with innovations such as electric cars, self-driving vehicles, and high-speed trains. In agriculture, engineers spearheaded improvements in crop yields and sustainability through precision farming and IoT-based solutions. Additionally, engineers were at the forefront of projects aimed at managing water resources, reducing pollution, and safeguarding the environment, demonstrating their pivotal role in shaping India's technological landscape and sustainable future.
Abdul Jaleel K A, CEO, KKS Capitals, Bangalore
"Today, on Engineers' Day, we celebrate the brilliant minds who shape the future with their innovation, resilience, and unwavering dedication. I am truly amazed by the engineers who bring our technological dreams to life, constantly pushing boundaries and revolutionizing the world of finance. Their genius fuels the transformation of financial landscapes, making transactions more efficient, investments more accessible, and economies more inclusive. In the realm of technology-driven finance, engineers are the architects of disruption, the creators of financial solutions that empower individuals and businesses alike. They code the algorithms that optimize portfolios, secure transactions, and redefine how we interact with money. So, on this special day, let us honor the fintech engineers whose dedication and innovation propel our industry forward. Their work not only shapes the future of finance but also enhances the financial well-being of millions. With their skills, we embark on a journey towards a more connected, efficient, and financially resilient world. Happy Engineers' Day to the trailblazers of fintech, the engineers of financial innovation!"
Latha Chembrakalam, Head of Technical Center India, Continental Automotive India
“Women engineers contribute in a big way by being the driving force behind the industry’s transformation in fields of engineering, design, marketing, management and defining user experience in unique ways. Their unique perspective in approaching a problem and creativity are qualities that add immense value to modern-day challenges. Women have come a long way in the automotive industry and are now breaking down barriers and setting new records. From the female auto mechanics to the women who work in the plant to inspiring women entrepreneurs we are seeing more and more women taking on leadership role in the auto sector. The automotive industry is a dynamic field where science, technology, and creativity intersect to shape the future of mobility. From designing and innovating advanced safety features to electric and autonomous vehicles, women engineers contribute relentlessly to the sector, but their influence extends beyond the technical realm. On the occasion of National Engineer’s Day, I would like to celebrate the contributions of women engineers in the automotive industry. Together, we will drive the automotive industry towards a more promising, inclusive, and sustainable future”.
Rafiq Somani, Area Vice President INDIA and South Asia Pacific at ANSYS Inc
"Scientists study the world as it is, engineers create the world that never has been." - Theodore von Kármán. With digital transformation impacting every industry, it's an exciting time for engineers worldwide. All design systems of today must have higher levels of quality, reliability, durability, cost-effectiveness, and differentiation to meet the demands of tomorrow. The evolution of systems also requires newer technologies to reflect the real-world scenario. Engineers identify and resolve issues before a product reaches the market. Solving such problems with simulation solutions while addressing challenges across industries—Aerospace, Automotive, Defence, Energy, Healthcare, High Tech, and Industrial Equipment—is at our core. Simulation solutions bridge the gap between design and reality.
National Engineer's Day in India recognises the achievements of engineer M. Visvesvaraya. Our company is steered by engineers. Our Simulation experts tackle industry-specific challenges to reduce costs, eliminate testing, and optimise performance. Engineers shape the future, driving innovation like never before, with simulation making it easier".
Kollu Nandakumar, Head of Product Development, Elektrobit India Pvt. Ltd.
"National Engineering Day 2023 is a celebration of innovation, a tribute to the intellect, and recognition of the driving force that engineers represent in shaping our world, playing a crucial role in advancing technology, infrastructure, and society.
Indian engineers have emerged as global trailblazers in R&D markets, pushing boundaries and reshaping industries. Their unwavering commitment to excellence has made India a powerhouse in engineering solutions. As the automotive industry undergoes a seismic shift towards electrification, autonomy, and sustainability, our engineers must evolve. They must acquire new skills in AI, data analytics, and Cloud based technologies to steer this transformation.
Women engineers have carved out a prominent place in the automotive realm. Today’s leadership footprint in automotive world is seeing a significant change with a high diversity ratio across the value stream from manufacturing to R&D. On this National Engineering Day, let us celebrate all the engineers for their passion for engineering & science”.
Anand Mahurkar, Founder & CEO, Findability Sciences
"Engineers are the architects of our future, turning the impossible into the achievable. Software Engineers are the unsung heroes behind the digital revolution. They're not just coding for today; they're envisioning a future where technology serves as a force for good. Whether it's creating apps that connect communities, algorithms that make sense of big data, or systems that protect our online identities, their work is the backbone of our digital existence. As we grapple with complex issues like data privacy and ethical AI, Software Engineers hold a unique position to ensure technology aligns with human values. In an era where every industry is becoming a tech industry, their role transcends the keyboard and impacts lives on a global scale. On this National Engineers Day, we celebrate these digital architects, knowing their innovations are shaping a future that is not just smart, but also just and equitable for all".
Anku Jain, Managing Director, MediaTek India“As we celebrate National Engineer's Day, we are reminded of the incredible power of innovation that drives our industry forward. Engineers are the architects of the future, and their unwavering dedication to solving complex challenges has led to remarkable advancements in technology across industries. At MediaTek, we salute the brilliant minds behind the circuits and chips that power our world, while also applauding the ceaseless efforts of the entire engineering community. Their creativity, expertise, and tireless commitment continue to shape the future of electronics and enable progress across all sectors, as India strides into its Amrit Kaal. On this special day, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting their groundbreaking work in every way possible.”
Vishnu Dusad, Co-Founder & Managing Director at Nucleus Software.
“On this National Engineers Day, we not only celebrate the innovation of our engineers but also their unwavering commitment to remaining at the forefront in this fiercely competitive fintech landscape. In the ever-evolving realm of fintech, where technology advances, regulations shift, and customer expectations morph, maintaining a leading position is absolutely vital. Continuous learning isn't just a choice; it's an imperative”.
Shailesh Nalawadi, Head of Product, Sendbird.
"Engineers play an indispensable role as the architects of innovation in software technology. When it comes to communications technology, the importance of continuous upskilling cannot be overstated. Think about the shift towards the digital era in the early 2000s, to the social era with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in the 2010s, to now the virtual and AI era in the 2020s; all were driven by significant engineering breakthroughs. At Sendbird, a unicorn startup founded by four engineers, we understand that every line of code we write and every feature we build has the potential to impact millions of lives. It's a responsibility we take seriously as part of our mission to build relationships in a digital world. It is also why we continue to invest heavily in R&D and engaging in the software engineering community".
Mohammed Atif, Director & Business Development India, Park Place Technologies.
“At the core of the digital revolution, engineers, particularly those in data center management, ensure the seamless flow of data that powers our interconnected world. As society's data demands surge, the role of engineers grows increasingly critical. This era witnesses the convergence of technologies, creating new job roles and altering skill requirements. To meet this demand, industry and academia must collaborate, crafting targeted curriculum for the necessary skillsets. These skills extend beyond technical expertise and should include essential human qualities such as curiosity, creativity, empathy, and soft skills. Engineers remain the architects of reliability and efficiency in our connectivity-driven age, driving innovation for a secure, connected, data-driven world.”
Umang sangal, Founder and CEO of Uplifters.
“The transition from engineer to educator was a natural progression, fueled by a passion for continuous learning and empowering others. On Engineer's Day, I stand as both engineer and mentor, guiding aspiring minds toward excellence. Through upskilling programs, we enable individuals to engineer their own success stories. Engineer's Day celebrates not only physical structures but also ideas, innovation, and education—the foundations of our world and its future. Let's keep engineering a brighter tomorrow, filled with limitless possibilities and endless learning. Happy Engineer's Day”!
Amit Kumar, CEO and Co-Founder of RAMP Global.
“Engineer's Day celebrates the transformative power of engineering in our lives. As an engineer, I'm reminded of education's profound influence on shaping our future. It imparts technical knowledge and fosters curiosity, problem-solving, and innovation. Engineers serve as architects of progress, bridging the gap between imagination and reality, and crafting solutions that enhance our world.
Our responsibilities encompass sustainability, safety, and societal betterment. On this day, let's honor past engineers and inspire the engineers of tomorrow. Each challenge we face presents an opportunity to apply our skills, creativity, and dedication for a brighter future. Together, let's innovate, build, and engineer a world founded on knowledge, compassion, and progress”.
Arun. K. Chittilappilly, MD, Wonderla Holidays.
“On National Engineer's Day, I extend my heartfelt congratulations and appreciation to the engineers who bring the enchanting world of amusement parks to life. From designing roller coasters that defy gravity to creating immersive virtual reality experiences, engineers play a crucial role in pushing the boundaries of amusement park entertainment. Their attention to detail and problem-solving abilities ensure that every ride is not only exhilarating but also safe for millions of visitors each year. Thanks to their tireless efforts, amusement parks continue to be a place where dreams come true and unforgettable memories are made. As we celebrate National Engineer’s Day, Wonderla Holidays expresses its profound gratitude to our dedicated engineers. Their unwavering commitment to safety, innovation, and sustainability ensures that amusement parks continue to be a source of joy and cherished memories that last a lifetime”.
Ram Meenakshisundaram, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Virtusa Corporation.
“Technological advancements have significantly contributed to global progress, with engineers driving innovation and designing new solutions. Engineers are vital in pushing these changes, creating solutions, and driving impactful innovation. India is now a hub for tech innovation, fostering growth locally and abroad. At Virtusa, Engineer’s Day is special as we celebrate those shaping the future with their dedication to engineering excellence. Engineers drive innovation, progress, and vision. Aligned with our 'Engineering First' approach, this day signifies the essence powering our solutions, culture, and success. Engineering's future is boundless; we lead with our engineers' passion, turning challenges into opportunities”.
Sudhir Goel, Chief Business Officer, Acer India.
“Engineer's Day is a celebration of innovation, dedication, and the relentless pursuit of progress. In India, our engineers are the architects of transformation, bridging dreams with reality. Today, we salute the unwavering spirit of our engineering community, whose brilliance shapes a brighter future for our nation and the world."
Sachin Alug, CEO, NLB Services.
“As a celebration of the field of engineering and its contributors, Engineer's Day is observed on 15th September every year. An exciting yet volatile time for the STEM domains, the industry has seen it all of late. From rising demand for talent to mass layoffs in tech giants, the transformation the engineering arena has been considerable. However, the rays of hope and promise continue to shine undeterred on the world of innovation and digital transformation.
STEM fields have grown increasingly skill-centric. The focus has shifted significantly from experience-based or academic qualification hiring to purely skill-oriented talent acquisition. With this renewed emphasis on skills, the importance of upskilling and reskilling, too, has gained prominence across engineering fields. Today, emerging technologies like cybersecurity, cloud computing, big data, AI/ML, etc. command the job market. Industries that have been essentially known as non-tech are going bullish on hiring a rising number of technology professionals across these areas”.
Ms Krishna Vij, Business Head - IT Staffing, TeamLease Digital.
“India stands out as the world leader in producing engineering graduates, with approximately 1.5 million graduates annually. This impressive achievement reflects a dedicated effort to align educational programs with the ever-changing needs of industries, resulting in a larger pool of engineering graduates prepared for the dynamic job market.
In 2023, the employability rate among Indian engineering graduates reached 57%, a significant improvement from the 46% reported in the previous year, 2022. This increase in employability reflects the shifting demands of the industry. India's growing technology sector is driving a strong demand for skilled engineers, especially in emerging fields like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, IoT, and Cybersecurity. Alongside technical expertise, employers are increasingly recognizing the importance of soft skills like communication, teamwork, and adaptability in engineers.
Moreover, India's technology industry, characterized by its customer-centric approach and constant evolution, presents a promising job market for the next generation of engineers. Engineering hubs are gradually shifting from major cities to smaller towns. This transition is prompted by major global companies recognizing the untapped talent potential and cost-effective infrastructure in India's tier-two and tier-three cities.
Even in more traditional sectors such as Civil and Mechanical Engineering, there is renewed interest due to increased government investment in infrastructure development and manufacturing. Overall, the future of engineering in India is bright. Engineers who are proficient in the latest technologies and have a strong understanding of sustainability will be in high demand.”
Srinivasan Vaidyanathan, Senior Director & Project Management, Bounteous.
"Co-innovating with generative AI in the software industry has the potential to create unique and cutting-edge solutions that can enhance user experiences, streamline workflows, and drive innovation in the technology world. The future of software engineering will likely involve a synergic relationship between engineers and AI, enhancing productivity and innovation in the field. However, it's essential to approach this process with careful planning, testing, and ethical considerations to achieve successful outcomes."
Karthikeyan Sridossan, Executive Vice President and Strategy & Growth, Indium Software
"Engineering for a sustainable future is a multidimensional endeavour aimed at designing and implementing solutions that meet the needs of the present while preserving the resources for the future generation. It encompasses environmental stewardship, renewable energy, efficient resource utilization, and responsible IT. Engineers are central to advancing technologies that promote sustainability, from renewable / green energy sources like solar and wind power to green infrastructure projects that enhance urban resilience.
Engineers employ life cycle assessments to make informed architecture choices and foster innovation through research and development. They advocate for sustainable policies and educate the business stakeholders on the importance of sustainability. Engineering for a sustainable future is an ongoing commitment to address global issues like climate change and resource scarcity while building a resilient and equitable society.
We at Indium help our customers to uphold their commitment for a sustainable future by offering multiple solutions that reduce energy consumption, enhance resource efficiency, and promote responsible data management. This includes data analytics for sustainability insights - Helping our Financial services customers with information on firms and their ESG investments through data automation. Carbon calculator for measuring carbon footprints across enterprises and E2E Data governance framework for energy sector Facilitating renewable energy integration to reduce environmental impact and advance sustainability goals, creating a greener future."
Manish Bafna, SVP of Engineering at Responsive (formerly RFPIO)
"National Engineer's Day in India on September 15 celebrates the remarkable contributions of engineers shaping our world. This year's theme, Engineering for a Sustainable Future, highlights the crucial role of engineers in creating a better and more environmentally friendly tomorrow.
At Responsive (formerly RFPIO), we celebrate our talented software engineers for all the long hours and incredible progress they’ve made on our platform during the last year. We are fortunate enough to have environmentally aware professionals who are always trying to harness the power of software architectures to improve overall efficiency and reduce energy consumption. They play a vital role in building sustainable solutions that help our customers overcome their most frustrating response challenges.
Responsive software engineers understand that every line of code has an impact. They strive to optimize software systems, making them more efficient and resource friendly. By employing techniques such as code optimization, caching and load balancing, they ensure that software applications run smoothly while minimizing energy consumption.”
Moreover, Responsive software engineers embrace the principles of sustainable software development. They design software architectures that are modular, scalable and adaptable. This allows for easy maintenance, updates and integration with other systems, reducing the need for frequent replacements and minimizing electronic waste”.
Michael P. Morris, CEO & Co-Founder of Torc
“Software engineers that work effectively with teams across multiple geolocations are vital to developing solutions that quickly address global environmental and societal challenges, like energy management, waste reduction, and human and material resource optimization. They utilize hard and soft skills across various disciplines to create progressive technology and processes that fuel sustainable behaviors and have the expertise to leverage historical data and predictive analysis with AI to drive measurable change. Sustainability solutions are often complex in design and development, further making the qualities of successful software engineers’ key to empowering organizations, governments, and the community to find new ways of doing things that lead toward a more sustainable future.”
SwayamAgrawal, Founder & CEO, Aarika Innovations.
Engineering is not just about building structures or machines; it's about building a safer, more secure future for every individual. On this Engineer's Day, I am reminded of my relentless pursuit to safeguard the invaluable assets of any organization - its employees. My journey has been guided by my unwavering commitment to human resource safety.
Innovation and engineering are my tools, and compassion for every individual's well-being is my driving force. I believe that every employee deserves to return home safely to their loved ones after a day's work. As an engineer, I have a profound responsibility to create solutions that protect lives, uphold dignity, and ensure peace of mind. Together, let's continue to engineer a world where safety is paramount, and every worker's health and well-being are safeguarded. Happy Engineer's Day to all the engineers who share this vision and work tirelessly to make it a reality!" - Swayam Agrawal, Founder and CEO Aarika Innovations.
Sumana Kamath, Principal & Project Manager, Sabre
“On Engineer's Day, let's honor the incredible innovations and unwavering commitment of Indian tech experts who are helping bring on the future, one byte at a time. In a nation where diversity flourishes, our engineers harness the power of unity in technology, creating solutions that bridge gaps, empower dreams, and redefine possibilities. We are the architects of progress, weaving code into the fabric of change and forging a future where innovation knows no bounds. As a woman tech leader, I proudly stand alongside the brilliant minds of India, where tradition meets innovation and where engineering is not just a profession but a promise to shape a brighter tomorrow. Among the countless innovations, one standout creation is Sabre Revenue Integrity. It's not just a product; it's the answer to a thorny problem. In the dynamic travel industry, we've engineered a platform that seamlessly optimizes an airline’s revenue streams, maintaining operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. These processes involve a range of strategies and technologies designed to identify and address potential revenue leakage, minimize fraud, and enhance pricing and inventory management.”
Aveekshith Bushan, vice president of the APAC region, Aerospike
In the dynamic realm of database management systems, engineers are the unsung heroes, constantly working behind the scenes to ensure that systems stay up and running 24/7, whatever the circumstances, and developing new cutting-edge applications that drive business success. As technology continues to evolve, it is data that fuels the machinery of transformation, but processing speed, predictable performance, accuracy and the cost of doing so, are just as important as the data itself. Engineers are behind the developments happening in this ‘techade’, playing a crucial role in shaping the modern digital economy where the development and deployment of real-time applications enable cutting-edge products and services. Engineers are the invisible force driving the seamless streaming of our favorite shows, the lightning-fast response of our cashless transactions, the great user experience in our favorite applications and the optimization of the services we rely on in our day-to-day lives.
At Aerospike, our engineers are constantly innovating and building cutting-edge features that are helping companies in India and elsewhere build highly real-time applications that can ingest and lookup massive amounts of data to optimize speed and performance at an infinite scale while improving accuracy at the lowest cost. National Engineers Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Aerospike engineers who play a crucial role in delivering outstanding products and services that continue to add value to customers across the globe.
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