The second day of COPEN, the International conference on Precision, Meso, Micro and Nano Engineering at the National Institute of Technology, Calicut (NIT-C), was quite informative for the participants with eminent speakers from all over the world delivering four keynote addresses on Saturday.

The first keynote address was by Shreyas N. Melkote from Georgia Institute of Technology, on ‘Wafering of Photo-Voltaic Silicon.’ The second keynote address was delivered by Satish T.S. Bukkapatanam from Oklahoma State University, on ‘Sensor Reconstructed Non-Linear Stochastic Modelling for Monitoring Precision Grinding Processes’.

The third keynote address was by Suhas S. Joshi from IIT, Mumbai on ‘Reverse Micro Electro Discharge Machining’ . The last keynote of the day by Nilesh J. Vasa from IIT, Chennai was based on ‘Recent Advances in Laser Assisted Annealing and Texturing of Amorphous Silicon thin films for Photo-Voltaic Applications’. COPEN is being held for the eighth consecutive year and the conference was inaugurated by former chairman of HAL, Bangalore and Chancellor of Jain University C.G. Krishnadas Nair on Friday. In his inaugural address, he highlighted the growing importance of miniaturization of components in various engineering equipments. Managing Director of HMT Ltd, Bangalore M.D. Sreekumar presided over the inaugural function. The COPEN-8 souvenir was launched on the occasion.

The first day featured three keynote speakers and an industrial presentation along with a parallel technical session.

A book exhibition and an industrial exhibition are being organised as part of COPEN 8.

The conference will conclude on Sunday.

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