Centre for Innovation and Product Development


The fast pace of technological advances in recent times mandates the students to be industry-ready by acquiring broader skills while graduating from the institutes of higher education. In line with the above, the Centre for Innovation and Product Development (CIPD) has been established to act as a forum to enable students to implement their novel and creative ideas originating from fundamental concepts learned in the classroom and to perpetuate the hands-on knowledge gained in the laboratory into a new product or a novel process.

The CIPD at VIT Chennai aims to develop new products — both hardware and software — that will have a social impact by leveraging exhaustive technology.


  • To develop innovative prototypes and process technologies and transfer the technologies to the industry for product development

Mission :

  • To create an ambiance for interdisciplinary learning by loosening the complexities set by the conventional boundaries of department/school structure
  • To encourage research scholars, students, and faculty members across schools and departments to come together and utilize the ideas, perspectives, and exclusive skills to solve problems beyond the scope of a single discipline
  • To carry out product development-oriented research involving cost-effective materials and processes for space-, bio-, and industrial-applications

The primary research areas and objectives of CIPD are:

  1. Robotics and Product Development: To design and develop vision sensor integrated algorithms for automatic assembly systems for industries
  2. MEMS and Microsensors: To develop micro-/nano-scale devices for space- and bio-applications using innovative processes and low-cost materials
  3. New Material and Product Development: To develop products from natural fiber-reinforced polymer composite materials
  4. Aerodynamics: To develop Aerodynamic aids for better cornering stability and drag reduction on commercial vehicles and
  5. Applications of Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Data Sciences for innovative process and product development


The details of the funded projects (both completed and ongoing projects) handled in the recent past by the faculty members (as PI or Co-PI) of CIPD are provided hereunder.

S. NoFaculty / Principal InvestigatorProject TitleFunding AgencyYearsStatusAmount (Rs)
1Dr. Ravi Sankar. AThermal-Drift Aware Modeling and Design of Surface Stress based Micro/Nano Composite     Cantilevers with Integrated Piezoresistors for Biosensing Applications.SERB, DST2017-19Completed22,12,100
2Dr G.VenkatachalamInvestigation on mechanical characterization of cellulose nanofibrils (cnf) reinforced composites obtained through chemical pretreatment and mechanical grindingInstitution of Engineers (India), Kolkata, India2018-2020Completed30,000
3Dr. Vinayagamurthy. GInfluence of Airplane wake-vortices on the layout and infrastructure of AirportsSERB, DST2015-19Completed15,35,000

The list of selected journals in which the CIPD research faculty have published manuscripts with VIT affiliation is given here, with their corresponding 2020 impact factors (published in June 2021).

S.No.JournalImpact Factor
1Nano-Micro Letters16.419
2Journal of Natural Fibers5.323
3Materials and Manufacturing Processes4.616
5Measurement – Journal of International Measurement Confederation3.927
6Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing 3.927
7Computers and Electrical Engineering3.818
8Building Simulation3.751
10Sensors and Actuators A3.407
11IEEE Sensors3.301
12Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics3.207
13Polymer Composites3.171
14Multimedia Tools and Applications 2.757
15Proceedings of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture2.610
16IETE Journal of Research2.333
17Microsystem Technologies2.276
18Journal of Electronic Materials1.938
19Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering1.881
21AIP Advances1.548

K. B. Rajasekarababu, G. Vinayagamurthy “Assessment of local pressure coefficient over conventional and unconventional tall buildings” In book: Innovative Design, Analysis and Development Practices in Aerospace and Automotive Engineering-2020, Book Chapter ISBN: 978-981-13-2696-7 PP: 145-152 Published by Springer.


The details of the research scholars (Ph.D. and M. S. (by Research)) worked/working under the supervision of the faculty members of the research center are provided hereunder:
Doctoral Research Scholars – Completed

S. NoName of the ScholarTitle of the ThesisSupervisorYear of completion
1S. M. SakthivelVLSI Implementation of Image Watermarking AlgorithmsDr. A. Ravi Sankar2020
2K. V. MeenaDesign Optimization of a Highly Miniaturized Silicon MEMS Piezoresistive Pressure Sensor for Bio-medical ApplicationsDr. A. Ravi Sankar2019
3S. SaranyaMicro-Structuring of Quartz Substrates using an Electrochemical Discharge Machining Process for Realizing MEMS DevicesDr. A. Ravi Sankar2019
4Atul R. DeshmukVirtual Fatigue Life Prediction of Full Penetration Weld Joints in Off-Highway VehiclesDr. G. Venkatachalam2019
5Ribu MathewDesign and Optimization of a High-Performance MEMS     Piezoresistive Cantilever Surface Stress Sensor with Reduced Thermal SensitivityDr. A. Ravi Sankar2018
6N.SenthilnathanProcessing of Tungsten Heavy Alloys using Spark Plasma SinteringDr. G. Venkatachalam2018
7S. Vimalanand SThe Effect of Plant Fiber’s Transverse Isotropy and Porosity on the Dynamic Characteristics of the Uniform and Thickness Tapered Laminated Composite PlatesDr. G. Venkatachalam2018
8Abhijeet V. MaratheDevelopment of methodology to predict cylinder head bolt pretension for gasketed joint and its effect on engine performance parametersDr. G. Venkatachalam2018
9M. KalaimathiPerformance Analysis of Electrochemical Machining of Monel 400 Alloys and Optimization of Process ParametersDr. G. Venkatachalam2017

The details of the consultancy work carried out (both completed and ongoing) by the research faculty of CIPD jointly with the colleagues of the School of Mechanical Engineering (SMEC) in the recent past are provided hereunder.

S. NoFacultyTopicFunding AgencyDurationStatusAmount (Rs.)
1Dr. Vinayagamurthy. G


Dr. R. Sivakumar

Wind Tunnel TestingMepco Schlenk Engg. College2021Completed52,000
2Dr. Sivakumar. R,       Dr. Davidson and

Dr. Vinayagamurthy. G

3D-CFD, FE & Mockup testing of floating vertical axis tidal turbineST Advanced Composites2020-21Completed1,78,293
3Dr. Vinayagamurthy. G

& Dr. Davidson

2D-CFD analysis of Vertical Axis Tidal TurbineST Advanced Composites2019-20Completed12,272
S. No.EventTitleCoordinatorsResource Person DetailsDate
1Online WorkshopMetallurgy for Non-MetallurgistsDr. G. Venkatachalam,

Dr. R. Narayanan, and

Dr. A. Raja Annamalai

Dr. A. Raja Annamalai, VIT, Vellore


Dr. R. Narayanan, SMEC, VIT, Chennai


Dr. Giribaskar Sivaswamy, University of Strathclyde, UK


Shri. Peranandhanathan.M, VIPERAN MRCT – INSTITUTE, Coimbatore


Ms. Sukanya,

TATA steels, Jamshedpur

14/12/2020 – 18/12/2020 (5 days)
S. No.Faculty MemberAwardYear
1Dr. A. Ravi SankarIOP Outstanding Reviewer Award – Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering2020
2Dr. A. Ravi SankarIOP Outstanding Reviewer Award -Nanotechnology2020
3Dr. A. Ravi SankarIOP Trusted Reviewer Award2020
4Dr. A. Ravi SankarCTS Best Faculty Award2018
S. No.Foreign Professor and InstitutionCIPD Faculty InvolvedNature of CollaborationDetails
1Dr. Chung-Ping Jen,


National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

Dr. G. VenkatachalamJournal PublicationDynamic characteristics of Woven Flax/Epoxy laminated composite plate, Polymers, 13(2):209, 2021

[Impact factor: 4.329]

2Dr. Chung-Ping Jen


National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

Dr. G. VenkatachalamJournal PublicationExperimental and numerical analyses on the buckling characteristics of woven flax/epoxy laminated composite plate under axial compression, Polymers, 13 (7), 995, 2021. [Impact Factor: 4.329]
3Dr. Chung-Ping Jen


National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

Dr. G. VenkatachalamJournal PublicationEffect of Rare Earth Metals (Y, La) and Refractory Metals (Mo, Ta, Re) to improve mechanical properties of W-Ni-Fe Alloy – A review, Materials, 14(7), 1660, 2021. [Impact factor: 3.623]

Apart from the Doctoral research scholars and the students of the M. S. (by Research) program, a few undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students have participated in the research activities with the faculty members of the CIPD to publish articles in peer-reviewed journals. The details are given in the table hereunder.


(Student’s name in bold letters)

Paper TitleJournal TitlePublication Details
1Venkatachalam G., Vyas R (16BME1083) (UG), Goswami I, Shah A, and Vignesh PTensile behavior of sugarcane fiber/fly ash/CNT reinforced epoxy compositesUPB Sci. Bull., Series D

(Scopus Indexed, SNIP – 0.316)

Vol. 83 (1), pp 181-192, 2021
2Gokula Krishnan B. (18MCD1028) (PG), Venkatachalam G. and Deshmukh APrediction of fatigue life of full penetration weld joint using thermal elastoplastic properties incorporating residual stress effectUPB Sci. Bull., Series D

(Scopus Indexed, SNIP – 0.316)

Vol. 83 (1), pp 135-148, 2021
3Venkatachalam G., Vyas R. (16BME1083) (UG), Goswami I (UG), Shah A (UG), and Vignesh PFlexural Analysis of Epoxy Polymer Composite Reinforced with Sugarcane Fibre/Fly Ash/Carbon-Nanotube,International Journal of Surface Engineering and Interdisciplinary Materials Science (Scopus Indexed, SNIP – 0.316)Vol. 9 (1), pp 87-99. 2021
4Venkatachalam G., Vignesh P., Hitesh B.N. (PG), Gokulakrishnan B (18MCD1028)(PG), and Pandivelan CInvestigation on Machining Characteristics of Banana Fiber and Silicon Carbide Reinforced Polymer Matrix CompositesEngineering Transactions

(Scopus Indexed)

Vol. 68 (3), pp 297-313. 2020
5Meena K.V., Mathew R., Leelavathi J (14MVD1027) (PG)., Ravi Sankar APerformance comparison of a single element piezoresistor with a half-active Wheatstone bridge for miniaturized pressure sensorsMeasurement

(Impact Factor – 3.927)

Vol:111, pp. 340-350, 2017
6Saranya S., Nair A. (14MVD1019) (PG), Ravi Sankar AExperimental investigations on the electrical and 2D-machining characteristics of an electrochemical discharge machining (ECDM) processMicrosystem Technologies

(Impact Factor – 2.276)

Vol:23, Issue: 5, pp. 1453-1461, 2017

Innovations on Process and Product Development

Piezoresistive micro-/nano-cantilever


The piezoresistive micro-/nano-cantilever sensor was designed using the CAD tool, Intellsiuite®

The device was fabricated at the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, through the Indian Nanoelectronics Users Program (INUP) program