Dhirendra Mishra, an Assistant Professor at NMIMS Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management Engineering, Mumbai was selected for a fellowship jointly offered by UNESCO and AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow in Poland. The partly sponsored six-month sponsorship will last between October 2017 to 30 March 2018.
Mishra who has been working at NMIMS for the last three years, specialises in Additive Manufacturing, CAD/CAM and Ceramics . He is one of the two candidates selected from India for the extremely competitive programme. The fellowship was offered to 40 people across the world for the spot that Mishra eventually won.
“This will be a research fellowship based on the proposal that I had submitted to them titled ‘Additive Manufacturing of Ceramics under the supervision of a faculty at the host University in Poland.” Mishra said. He has been working on the research proposal for the last six months, and had submitted the data in April as a part of the elaborate application process. “I had previously worked on ceramics before as a part my Master’s degree, at MPSTME I was working on a 3D Printer that had a retrofitted attachment that could be used to make 3D structures of ceramics”, added Mishra.
Mishra teaches three courses for students at the college i.e, 3D printing, Graphics and solid modelling. In addition, he also conducts his research at the university. During his stint, Mishra will be guided by a supervisor at AGH University.
The UNESCO fellowship programme was instituted in the early 1950s, to promote youth exchange for education, human resource development and capacity building. Its objective is to provide networking facilities that enhance individual and institutional research sharing to develop community partnerships in training projects. Fellowships also prioritize gender and diversity while selecting candidates to generate a homogenous mixture of participants.