Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 a review of myaesi – your chance to catch up!!

2008 is ending and many of the blogs I follow and read are coming up with their internal review of the year for 2008. This gave me the idea for this post. I will give month by month update on what has happened in this blog. This year I tested two new interface for the blog and also tested Google adverts for the blog and many other unique things that I would have never learnt if I weren't blogging


January began with a mail from a trainee in NAL and then there was good news for AeSI community and then I wrote one informational post regarding special information for AeSI student members and informed u about 59th AM of AeSI. Wrote about GPA and a small post regarding MS in aeronautical and turbo machinery in UK and US. Then there was Bishnujee’s response to AeSI's student membership cancellation after 8 years. and I end the month with Mistakes fresh AeSI graduates do in their interview.

AGM news in Hindu and waiting and announcement of results were the major news in this month, followed by announcement of Tata's entry in aerospace domain. Then I also did AeSI section A results comparison. and had some problems in posting... and wrote after exams what

Tips on resume from satyam, and I exclaimed about no enews from AeSI and asked you all best way to search job....and discussed  two basics questions regarding resume and how to prepare for interview and also warned graduates of AeSI on how to send resume and how to edit resume in a professional way.


No April fool for this month as I wrote about one cardinal rule that one must remember about interview. and posted my first ever Friday links. and posted about aerospace events of the week and about a new catia training centre launch.and touched upon 3 glaring mistakes AeSI graduates do. And posted links for online GATE preparations and preparing for aerospace interview. also shared GE interview questions,solidwork video tutorials,open letter to anna university.

May was the busiest month. posted about catia video tutorials,tips to pass AeSI exams,do and don'ts for AMAeSI exams, DRDA SET, and announcement of AeSI exams.

Also posted 7 signs of unprofessional resume. how to fail exams, tips for getting most of revision and revisited how I cleared my workshop exam and posted the map of examination centers of AeSI along with the announcement of Berlin air show and ended with actions that will take your career ahead.

This was the exam month and apart from exam related stuff I posted about industry CAD usage data, and informed you about the technical interview questions after DRDO set. Apart from this tools in aerospace and highlighted a cool tool to find tutorials and other eBooks for learning catia, solidworks. Apart from CAD programs I listed some useful jobs links for AeSI graduates and gave a general structure of a cover letter and talked about will I recommend AMAeSI to my friends and family. Informed about IIT course materials on YouTube.

I also gave general advice on 6 things that you should do in your last semester.


This month began with an unsuccessful contest that I ran, told you about how to accelerate your job search, resume sending tips and asked you are you taking gate 2009 exams?

I answered the question I want to work in core field, told you about Olympics and aerospace connection and updated you on the farnboroug air show and DAE university's decision to cancel aerospace and aviation program. Asked you which is the best study center for AeSI and advised AeSI students on things to do before they begin a new semester as we speculated about AeSI results and criticized IIT video lecture series and ended with tips on getting training and jump starting your next semester and stated tips to get employed after graduation.

This month began with important dates for gate 2009 and then I listed catia training centers in India. And talked about various things related to AeSI, like prospects after AMAeSI, 6 reasons to do training after AeSI and listed 3 websites every AeSI students should visit.

apart from the I listed the problems with AeSI degree and had a system crash and ended with tips to apply for job requirements and remarked why IIT lectures are boon to AeSI.

This month began with quantity vs. quality debate and reposted
Bishnujee 's message of take pride in AeSI degree. told you about kung fu panda advice. and this month saw the launch of solidworks 2009 and I saw my worst resume ever. Told you about 3 things my mentor at NAL taught me and did a section a analysis of AeSI results, and urged students of AeSI to make syllabus book there friends. also informed you about few important changes in gate 2009 format that you should know about. and argued about having your network for AeSI graduates and students. And also posted advice from rolls royce.

I began this month by talking about the AeSI communities on web and reacted about the worst resume of my life. I touched subjects of NAL training and how to became consistent like Australian cricket team and asked AeSI graduates to remember certain things after they pass out of AeSI. and informed you about the chandrayaan project. I also shared study tips that I learnt from my math's teacher at GIE. and then had a long delay.

Most of November I was out of station and I had a long delay,and posted Pratt and Whitney single core fan. and became my shorted month of posting this year.

I told you about why I write this blog, about inertia, and shared 4 tips on handling exam anxiety and told you about Vijay Malaya and shared an important lesson that my boss at NAL taught me and asked you to see the biggest full moon of the year.

well this is what I did on the blog for the whole year. Do let me know if I missed on something important. I would like to thank all of you for reading what I have to say. I hope in year 2009, I will be more consistent and will add value to AeSI student and graduates life. Do share your experience with myaesi with me. Thanks and happy new year everyone!!!

 Feel free to email this to your friends!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

My-AeSI and aerospace jobs on your mobile via Google smschannels

Google India has a new product called Google SMS Channels that lets you subscribe to news alerts, blog updates and other kinds of information like horoscopes, jokes, stocks or even cricket scores via SMS text messages.

If you are based in India and like to subscribe to this site on your mobile phone via SMS, please join the my-AeSI SMS channel on Google.

And if  you are interested in Aerospace jobs then you can join aerospacejobs channel that I created.



Wishing each and everyone of you a happy and prosperous new year!!

As part of my 3 new years goal, i am now testing writing of post via my mobile. In the coming year i intend to post at least one update to this blog everyday, so this post is just to let you know and test my mobile so that lack of net access do not cause any delay or hurdle in my goal. Happy new year folks! What are your new years resolutions?

Monday, December 29, 2008

3 things that AeSI has improved in the year 2008

This year is drawing to an end. How was the year for you? Mine went ok and as far as AeSI is concerned there are this  3 things that AeSI has improved in the year 2008!!

AeSI now has its official new website. Previously it was under NAL but now AeSIs site is managed more professionally.  In case you don’t know it yet the old site is now,  the official website of the aeronautical society of India.

This year the old syllabus is almost out and new is in. The new syllabus of AeSI looks good on paper but only the students studying them will have the real feedback how is it on the field.

3rd change as Bishnujee ji has informed is the Accreditation that AeSI degree has got. Here is what he said. AeSI degree is not only equivalent to BSc in aerospace but its BSc(honours)! Many thanks to Bishnujee for all the efforts he is taking in this regards.

AeSI is definitely changing. I am not as attached to AeSI as I was a couple of years ago and this limits my comment on this subject. I know many of you are more involved and you have more knowledge about this so feel free to tell me in the comments.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

EADS Talent Programme

Here's one interesting job posting that I am not able to resist myself to tell you all.

Its from EADS!! image

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2007, EADS generated reven ues of EUR 39.1 billion and employed a workforce of about 116,000. So wanna be apart of this.

Here’s the description.

Striving for PROGRESS? - Participate in the new EADS Corporate Programme for graduates & young professionals at different locations within Europe.

The PROfessional and GRaduate Entry Support Scheme (PROGRESS) is a new programme in the EADS Corporate Trainee & Development Portfolio. EADS is offering you this unique fast track path to start your career in the EADS Group (Airbus, Eurocopter, Astrium, Defence & Security, MTAD and EADS Headquarters). This 24-month programme will develop and support the highest calibre graduates and young professionals, who are eager to gain international experience in a world class aerospace & defence company


Who can apply?

PROGRESS is designed for graduates and professionals with a maximum of a 3-year professional experience (including internships) and a minimum of a 6-month experience abroad.

In addition, you should fulfil the following requirements:

• English language fluency (additional language(s) is (are) a plus),
• Excellent academic background in business or engineering
• Very good communication skills and strong team player
• Creative and innovative
• Desire for world-wide mobility
• Passion for engineering and technology


For more info click here

So can we apply, yes sure its also listed on

Also read : what you can do so that your resumes gets you invited for an interview

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Biggest Full Moon of the Year

No, you can not see Neil Armstrong's footprint. But go ahead and look: The full Moon of Dec. 12th is the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year.

It's no illusion. Some full Moons are genuinely larger than others and this Friday's is a whopper. Why? The Moon's orbit is an ellipse with one side 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other: diagram. In the language of astronomy, the two extremes are called "apogee" (far away) and "perigee" (nearby). On Dec. 12th, the Moon becomes full a scant 4 hours after reaching perigee, making it 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser full Moons we've seen earlier in 2008.

Read more info from NASA

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

One important lesson I have learnt from my boss in NAL

When you are learning catia or solidworks or any other CAD or Analysis software... always remember to see the big picture....

That's one important lesson I have learnt from my boss in NAL.

All questions will be answered if you know and see the big picture.

And incidentally this apples not only in learning a particular software but to everything in life. Have a big decision to make move back and see the big picture and you will have the answers to your questions!!

Do share your one important lesson that you have learnt from your teacher or Boss?


Some related stuff you might want to read.

Remember this thing when you pass out of AeSI?

Tips for AeSI graduates to get employed?

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

What is Vijay Mallya doing in this Blog?

This is how Times of India defines Vijay Mallay in an interview or profile published about him way back in 2002!!


A panorama of paradoxes. into money born, but unable to spend childhood with a free hand; an inheritance which was his by right, but almost denied; a bachelor most eligible, but a marriage turned sour; a free spirit, but fettered by the label of an image. circumstances have scripted experiences of discovery and rediscovery for this man with a spectrum of silhouettes -- chairman of the ub group; rajya sabha mp; horse-lover; racing enthusiast; keen aviator; party-hopper; spiritual-seeker.... but the most dominant silhouette is that of Vijay Mallya, his own man. not for him the currency of conformity; the straitjacket of being part of the plural.

Now what is Vijay Mallya doing in this Blog? What he has to do with AeSI?

As Mr joshi has informed us already, this time AeSI’s AGM will be held in New Delhi.. what is the new thing that is going to happen. I guess nothing. I hope the AeSI alumni will be formed if things go right.

Apart from this one thing that I am excited about the AeSI AGM this time is about the new President of AeSI. This time it will be no other than Vijay Mallya. I guess in the history of AeSI or in the history of my association with AeSI he is the most flamboyant president that we will have. Yes we had Dr. Abdul Kalam, Madavan Nair and many others but this is the first time that kingfisher chairman will donning the hat.

I don't know how much this be of help to AeSI students and members but its good to know that a person I love to read about and a person who entrails passion and enthusiasm in me is going to be the president of AeSI.

For those who don't know him here's a great little bio of Mr. Mallya

Read more about Vijay Mallya in his own words or read the print format here

Read more about AeSI AGM on this blog!

Monday, December 08, 2008

4 things I learnt from debugging

4 things I learnt from the whole debugging process that my friend at the office just went through. He was into it for the last 7 days and has finally got it completed. Here I present 4 things that I learnt from all this process.

1. Don't assume. Don’t assume what the problem is, state it test it and get to the bottom of it. Don’t assume, search for facts. if you have a theory test it than say it. Do more than you think. Think and test. Not think and think.

2. First capture the big picture then delve into the details. Details are important but before going into the the details get the frame ready. see the big picture. Move back and see the whole as a problem. Set your frame right. Determine your north and south then after you have verified that you are heading the right direction then you should fine tune and get into details.

3. Keep your methods right the results will follow. Have your tools ready. Learn and set up the processes rights results will follow. Pause and setup the ground work. If your base is strong enough, things will all fall in place. So do the ground work and see that your preliminary investigation is right and the setup you have setup is based on facts not assumptions.

4. Absorb the problem first before judging or getting into  the detail. Same as the big picture. Absorb the problem than spit out your judgment. Spend time understanding the problem. Don’t state your opinions. its better to test them. Leave the judging to the judges… you just carry on small tests and experiments and draw conclusions from them.  Test everything don’t assume.

Bonus : Use bubble sort method to solve problems. From big to small. Eliminate from Big to small. More on this sometimes latter

Well this were some of things that came to mind as I saw my friend at the office finally crack the debugging nut that he was given. He was pleased and I thing many of this approach we can use to solve many of our problems.

Related : Are you seeing the big picture?


For the exam students : How I cleared my Workshop technology exams?

Sunday, December 07, 2008

4 tips for handling exam anxiety during the examination

AMAeSI exams are here and here is some of things that I did in my exam time. All of this has helped me in my exams. Hope they will help you too.

Don't get excited. Keep things calm. If the paper is good don't jump. Calmly begin answering. If questions seem to come out of mars don't panic and revolve your eyes in the examination hall. Be calm take deep breath and attempt the next question that you know.

If you get stuck. Pause and then think hard. If this works, good if it doesn't, don't push yourself hard. Pause… leave some space and carry on with the next section or question... this usually does the trick for me. Down the line I used to get a hint of the question I was stuck and I came back to it.

Keep a close watch on time but don't be too tight on it. Time not one question but take a more general approach. Instead of saying “I will answer 1 questions in 20 minutes!!” Define “I will cover 3 questions in an hour.” This works more than keeping a question wise timing. Some questions might take  long while some less time but you should put 1 hr 3 questions as your time target. This enables you not to look at time very often.

Lastly in all examination paper do keep last 30 mins for revision. its must!!

How to revise.

Put the answer sheet back. take the question paper read the questions you attempted and formulate point wise answers. After you covered all question check and optimise any of the answers you might have discovered while revising.

Best of luck!!!

More exams tips here


Inertia!  Newton's first law has taken over my life! its what keeping me off from posting.

its not that i don't have topics to write or internet connection.... all this inactivity boils down to one word, inertia.

If Newton has to be believed I need an external force to shake this off.

While I look for that external force you guys and gal enjoy and here's wishing all students of AeSI who are giving exams best of luck!!!!

May the force of Newton be with you!!!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

I write

subwayA while back someone asked me this question why do I write on this blog? Why do I spend my spare time on this blog. Why?

Well that night I made an entry in my diary and here's part of the responses that I wrote in it


I write because i want to hare my thoughts opinion and feeling
I write because i want to stay updated
I write because i want to make a difference
I write because i want to share
I write because i can and initiate change
I write because i love playing with new tools

I write because it gives me an opportunity to put back to the AeSI community that has give me  so much
I write because if someone has really genuine concern on AeSI, he is not left behind
I write because I want to improve my writing
I write because I like helping others
I write because I have time and want to utilize it properly
I write because I hope I am making a difference.

Please do share your views and if you have blog or you do write something do share it too.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Long delay

Last 20 days i was very busy and had little access to internet so
wasn't able to post anything new to the blog.

I was visiting my native for my sisters marriage and that consumed my
entire time.

By now aesi must have announced the examination dates, so guys and
gals study hard and shine. In next couple of days as i settle back
i'll post few tips on exams. Do study hard and concentrate on the

good luck!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

5 Studying tips from my maths teacher at GIE?

Always begin from the basics….I remember the classes of my mathematics teacher in GIE.

He just like Natrajan sir. Always approached the problem from the basics. Whenever he was absolving a maths problem. He didn’t just write the formulae for it but analyzed it from basics…

Don’t skip small steps.. yes they take time but they also reduce the chances of making silly mistakes. If your are making many silly mistakes .then skipping steps must be the culprit. Try practicing not skipping simple steps and you will notice how effective your studies will become.

When reading something, read aloud. I know for sure that this works betters in terms of understanding than just reading in your mind. Hearing your own words you register the problem more than by just reading in your mind. Read aloud.

Begin from known to unknown… from simple to complex.. When you get a problem that you haven’t seen before start not from the end but from the basics and do one thing at a time.. go forwards one step at a time.

A big problem is like a stair case that is covered in fog. So the best way to not getting hurt is go one step at a time and from the close to the end….. just trying hard to see the other end of the staircase in the fog is not the solutions… see the next step and do it. this will bring your closure.

Always give yourself homework at the end… this is one of the most important lesson that you can take from Ganapati sir. He always had a habit of giving us 2 problems as homework. So whatever your are studying. At the end of the study session get a pen and and a notebook and in it assign yourself a homework that is assign yourself two question that the you will do when you next time study that subject…

This is very effective technique..there are 2 when you summarize and think of two questions for the next session. Your mind will consolidate all the things you have learnt in that session and you will have a quick recap of the things your studies.. The other advantage is that once you start you next session of study for the subject it will be your warn up question. It will quickly allow you to get more productive in your study. In my work when I am leaving for the day I intentionally leave a little task undone… so that next day when I come back… I don’t wait for my mind to figure out what to do… I know that small thing has to be done and I just dig in doing that… this usually starts my day!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Did you have any idea what AMAeSI was?

When I was I was in AeSI one question that was always asked was how did you came into AeSI? The majority of answers were related that they got an advertisement in papers and then got a call and they just joined. Majority answered that before joining the institutes for some IIAE, Dehradun, for some AIE, or for some institute from Indore. they haven’t had an idea idea what AMAeSI was? They were just lured into it? so I was wondering today? With internet penetration increasing in India? What is the current state of affair? What will be the answers to this question if someone asks it now? So AeSI guys who are reading this post please feel free to post in your response in the comments…

Well I think for majority, the situation has improved and when they come in AeSI they basically know what it is all about? So tell me how you got introduced to AeSI? Did you have any idea what AMAeSI was?

Know more about Chandrayaan project director Mylswamy Annadurai

 october22-chandrayaan-mission As India embarks upon its historic mission, I stumbled upon this great article on Chandrayaan’s project director Mylswamy Annadurai. Love it.

here’s a small extract of it. You can read the whole thing here

While building India's first moon craft, Chandrayaan project director Mylswamy Annadurai was reminded of his engineering college days when he wrote lyrics to the tunes of his classmates. At that time he used to write poetry - some were published in the college magazine. 'One of the many challenges in building the spacecraft is to accommodate the six overseas pre-built payloads. We had to design the spacecraft accordingly - sort of writing lyrics to a tune,' 50-year-old Annadurai told IANS from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, 80 km from here. The man who will go down in space annals as the designer of India's first moon orbiter was born in the small village of Kotavadi in Pollachi district of Tamil Nadu. He graduated from the Government College of Engineering, Coimbatore, and did his Masters at PSG College of Technology in the same city. Now Annadurai is a veteran at the India Space Research Organisation (ISRO), having joined it in 1982.


Related : giant leap by ISRO

Monday, October 20, 2008

Learn from the expert

Learn from the expert. Learn from the person who has the maximum potential… yes I have already talked about it…Its simple thermodynamics. If you consider yourself the sink then your source has to be someone who has much higher knowledge.. see heat always flows from hot to cold. Consider you are cold in terms of knowledge and then get the knowledge from a source that is burning hot.. Not from the guy who just cleared that particular test the previous semester.

See he is just warm with the knowledge but your tutor is the one who has the maximum potential.

I say this because during my days of AeSI I have seen people shunning Natrajan sir’s classes and going for classes of some bhaiya who just cleared his degree. That was absurd!!! And I realized that it wasn’t for any personal attention they got there. That bhaiya was also teach not one or two people but 40 AeSI guys and gals!! This is here I saw how people just gravitate….. I had my share of studying from one bhaiya but then too I kept my other door open and I was taking regular classes from my lecturer at GIE!!

Bhaiyas maybe good but if you understand the fundamental thermodynamics then rest assured that you will soon reach equilibrium with someone who is just warm…..

Study from someone red hot!! Don’t skip the actual teachers who have more knowledge more experience. Its not only about the subjects real teachers along with the subjects will teach all other essential life skills that you will reap benefit even when you have grown to be an engineer!!

so study, learn from an expert!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A historic moment for all aerospace engineers of India!!

Well AeSI engineers… a historic moment for all aerospace engineers of India!! The launch of chandrayaan… From the time I have heard about the mission I was fascinated by the prospect..

Even before the impacter was mentioned in the media, I remember I was discussing such a thing with my friends….. in pursuit of this interested I began documented all the news that I got for this mission in a blog dedicated to chandrayaan mission!! I am glad it has grown and when I look at it now it has all the information about the mission.

Thanks to my friends and people who has send in the entries..

Here’s the list of the best posts of the blog that will help you decipher the full mission.

if you are not able to see the links above Click Here

Rejoice aerospace engineers' its history that India will make this 22nd October launch.

I have made many wallpapers and a game to commemorate the events. Hope you will enjoy it too.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

How to study mathematics.

There is a line of thought which says Mathematics is a difficult subject. But it shouldn't be so. In my college days I have so many of my friends squint in the name of mathematics. some loved it absolutely while others just did it because it was part of the course.

For me mathematics has been a favorite subjects since standard 7. It was in this standard that I leant about the beauty of mathematics and the powerful technique of revision that I am going to share with you here.

I have to say that the greatest lesson that I had from my school days sir was about studying maths and about revising.

He made maths easy and as far as I can say he made us understand the importance of revision.

What was his technique? It was simple but elegant. Whenever he came to class, he went for the blackboard and scribbled some numbers like this

exercise 1 : prob 3
exercise 2 : prob 6
exercise 4 : prob 4, 6

and gave us ten minutes to solve the problems he listed on blackboard. So what was unique. He never began teaching us new topic before we had a practice of the what he has already taught us. He never minded if we cheated as he said, do it with open book but learn so you can apply it in exams and in life later.

How can one apply this concept for learning anything?
Maths has problems like this propulsion 2 is a good candidate as it contains lot of problems

so apply this simple method and i know you will excel in maths. I sure did !!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Remember this thing after you pass out from AeSI

i have written on stuff of what to do while in AeSI,but in this post i will talk of what should one do after passing. what happens when you pass out. you are happy and ready for training or job that might come your way. Some get training from AeSI and some like me managed to get it on their own initiative. What happens after this is what I want to talk.

The first month or so is great as you learn new software,learn to apply your knowledge and get a grove in the topic you are working on. In my case as I joined NAL,I was assigned to compressor design project. I liked the subject and from then on devoured the subject and any material regarding that topic,so with continued work my interest grew,i was doing well. I developed software to design compressor,validated it and as grew,i even designed it in CAD tool solidworks and this piqued my interest in CAD tools and I went into that direction,learning and doing all kind of crazy stuff in it.I was progressing,learning. so this continues,then comes a date when I felt my confidence is good and I began applying for jobs actively. Make no mistake I did that before also but only this time I had real work and my resume showed my confidence. So as expected got though the call and I get invitation for the interview. This is where I felt things are not as rosy as I think they were looking. During the interview I saw I had good knowhow on compressor design but when it came to topics I studied in flights, my memory failed me,I am giving the right answers but I am not sure if the answer I gave is right. So after coming out of that interview I realized that for a person starting only good at one topic is not enough, you are expected to be good in the topics that you have studied

Friday, October 10, 2008

How to become more consistent like the Australian cricket team?

its raining outside. raining lightly but consistently. it was raining when I woke up at 2 in the night and its raining now. As i peek out of my window,I can see the pecks of rains running down illuminated by the street light.

This reminds of the matches that are to be played between India and Australia and one thing that Australian team emanates is being consistent.

One lesson that I draw from them is to be consistent. Consistent in your performance. How can one become consistent in performance. Even the Indian cricket team fails to do that but look at the Australians. they are the most consistent cricket team of the world. Consistent in winning, day after day, match after match. How do they do that ? what helps them to beat the odds, what makes the team to deliver so consistently?

I think I know apart of the answer. some came to me as I was reading and the other came by following Shane Waugh's team of IPL. He lead the Rajasthan royals to victory and did very impressive job building a team of consistent players.

So what are the factors that we can apply in our life to be consistently productive and efficient.

The whole idea of consistency does not depend on being perfect but on being regular. Lets say I want to be consistent in posting to this blog. Sometimes I post 7 articles a week and in some I barely manage 2. Its not consistency. So to be more productive and consistent in my posting. I have lowered my bar and now I have made a pact with my self that I will post at least 5 articles per week. So that amounts to one post for each weekday.

Setting this limit and now all I have to do is write one post a day and if I do this, I know I will be consistent.

Same can be applied to your studies. As mentioned in this tips for study, commit to your mind that you will study for at least one hour a day. This is the minimum that you will put in no matter what and if you follow it, you will see that everyday you are making more progress. In my AeSI days I saw that someday I was ultra productive and did 8 hours of study and on some days I barely opened my books. What was lacking was consistency. so I set a minimum 1 hour of study limit and that did wonders. when I knew I have to study one hour, I out performed my previous weekly average. Moreover as time went I slowly and steady increased my minimum bar.

Same happened when I had wanted to brush up my skills, I did set a 30 mins limit for practicing Nastran after my regular work at NAL and I quickly mastered it.

The secret of consistency is regularity, setting up your minimum effort and then doing it no matter what.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

I am doing training in NAL but still confused!

A week back someone who is working in NAL as a trainee sent mclip_image001e this query!

I got my degree certificates and presently am in C-CADD working on aerodynamics calculations,am here in NAL since April 15, please guide me what should I do now as further am not getting clear way what to do now? Hope u will guide me as per your experience..........

Now what can I advice him?  I don’t have all the answers. If you are reading this please share your opinion in comments.

See just working on aerodynamic calculation is not enough. when you are in training know you goal. Ultimately its all for the job. So have a clear goal while entering into the training phase. Know what kind of work you want to do? or at least have an idea of the work you will like. Pick up software tools, software skills that might be needed and most of all have your resume uploaded in two of the popular job portals.

So my practical advice to him will be these 3 points.

  • He still has time so take stock and decide what you want from training? why you are doing it. Does the training helps in the work he intends to do? Answer this honestly.
  • Secondly make a resume. Post it on at least two job portals. Register and fill in all the details make them visible. And then wait for the job listing to come to you. See what jobs interests you. if something is good. follow through. This exercise will help you see what skills are needed and what your current resume calls for. So take stock and build those skills and aim for that job.
  • Learn some software. They are necessary. I know I always say that software's are just tools, but still  software is one of the reason AeSI folks go for training. Yes even if you choose no design or analysis job you need to learn ms office especially excel and word. So learn them.

Don't make any excuse... its your career you have to ride it to the destination!!!!   Well this are 3 things I will tell an AeSI guy doing training. What is your opinion?

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A useful tip that accelerated my design and analysis software learning

TOOLS In this post I will tell you about one simple useful technique that i have successfully used in learning 3 CAD software's, two analysis software and many other computer languages. The technique that has enabled me to accelerate my learning of design and analysis software at NAL. This is the same technique that I use now as I play with Photoshop.

The concept is simple. Cranking. Cranking means just getting in the software and get started and getting the brain to produce something. you don’t need to have a clear goal or product to build but all you are doing is trying out the tools and just making your fingers move.

Now when I was in NAL after the initial euphoria about the software I was learning, it always happened that I lost the spark and no matter what I do. I was stuck. I felt dis-interested in the software.

so this is is an effective technique if you are learning any CAD or analysis program,m. Its a technique that you can apply to get started and to create that you want. Not only will you learn a thing or two new but also enjoy and see how your brain is producing results when you just cranked it up..

This is like the warning of the jet engine that happens when its still on the runway.. It doesn't do anything useful but allows the pilot to check all the system and at the signal of the air traffic controller  ... and the throttled is pushed... the engine roars to its power and pushes everyone up..

Same way this techniques of just sitting and opening up catia, or nastran and begin drawing designing or meshing anything that takes your fancy will help you learn more than 100 tutorials that you might have done..

As you progress. Think what is going on but keep the mouse moving, explore, try this menu, that menu, this option that option and see the tasks that you have never done. All this will not a waste as you will discover some gems in the quest and even if the final thing that you came out isn't what you waned but then your mind will be more ready to produce a thing that you want...

try it!!!

Free tutorial of solidworks simulationXpress



I got an email from solidworks about a free Solidworks Simulation Express free tutorial.

Right now I don’t have much time. So if anyone interested click on the picture and enjoy the free tutorial.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Happy durga puja

image Happy Durga puja guys. I am missing Durga puja this time. Being here in Bangalore for the work am missing puja... missing the night time seeing of pandals, walking long distance, eating egg rolls and visiting and commenting on pandals.....

Well has listed 20 slides that carries the pictures of some of the famous pandals of Kolkata and of goddess Durga!!!

click here to see the pandals

loved them.... If your are staying away from Kolkata for any reason do see this slides  and for those who have never seen Durga puja of Bengal. Do check out, but mind you this pictures are nothing in compared to the actual wondering.

The most important part for me during Durga puja is the lighting. they are the fascinating!

So how are you spending your time this festive season?

AIU accreditation for AeSI

AIU_letter_for_AeSI Well someone asked me about a link to the AIU accreditation... I had the pdf but I didn't have a link so I am linking a jpg of it and hope it will help anyone who is looking for it.

Click on the picture to see the big version and print it if you want.

Don’t know i am talking about read this

A giant leap for Indian space program – is any AeSI graduate involved!!


Biggest Indian aerospace event of this month will be the launch of chandrayaan. The often delayed mission is nearing its final launch date. The chandrayaan craft is already in shriharikota and is scheduled to fly to chanda mama any day after October 20!! So the count down has began. Its is the biggest Indian aerospace event and a giant leap for Indian space program.

Read more about the mission here.

I know that in all the Indian aerospace missions, there is always a guy or gal from AeSI. So I was wondering who are the AeSI graduates that might be involved in this prestigious mission. let me know if you know someone who is part of the mission. I would love to know that.

check this video of chandrayaan mission

Monday, October 06, 2008

Two upcoming Indian aerospace events

This post is about two major events in Indian aerospace in the month of  October and November. One of events is for the guys and gals who want to see the airbus’s A380 among the other airplanes in Hyderabad.

From the world’s largest commercial jetliner, the 550-seater Airbus A-380 to small private jets that can seat 4-10 passengers, visitors to Begumpet airport in Hyderabad between October 15 and 18 will be able to feast their eyes on these and at least 30 other variety of aircraft. Apart from static display of commercial aircraft and business jets manufactured by global players including Boeing, Embraer and Hawker among others, the Indian Air Force is also planning a 20-minute fly-past on the first and last days of the event during which not only the Sukhoi jets but also the indigenously developed helicopter will be seen in the Hyderabad skies. Source: Business Line


I know AeSI AGM is still far off in December, but before that Chandigarh branch of AeSI is organizing a two day national seminar called Aero tech 2008 on Recent Advances in Aerospace Technologies Maintenance and Optimization on November 14 and 15.

Any one interested. for further detail about the seminar contact

Aeronautical Society of India,
Chandigrah Branch,
C/O Terminal Ballistics Reasearch Laboratory,
Sector-30, Chandigrah – 160030.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Resume writing guidelines – a reaction to the worst resume of my life

I have already showed you all the worst crafted resume of my life. And in that I promised that when I'll get time I'll showing the mistakes and would re design the resume.  Since I have see lot of requirements in OURAeSI so I thought it high time to update you all on that.

So in this post i will give you a general structure of the resume that one should follow. While writing this I will keep the worst resume of my life in my mind.

Personal detail should be at the end. For a resume to be effective, you need to have the first page that contents all the relevant info up front. So first page of the resume is the most important.

The first thing is give in your name. Broader than anything you have, then state your phone no. And email. And briefly in one line state your location. No need to give house number or other details. Just stating behala kolkata is enough.  That is just be brief in the address. Give a general idea about your location.

Then comes the objective. Let it be brief. One line statements. As this post told you, objective is only good if its original otherwise it looses its importance. So craft a good objective or leave it.

Then if you are new a graduate. Education should be your first highlight after the objective. Be brief and to the point in it. State the year. Avoid percentage if not asked specifically. Use first class or grading level. Address of your school college is not important so skip it just give the location. For AeSI graduates follow Bishnujee’s advice and write BE aeronautical instead of AMAeSI. Why ? AMAeSI is unfortunately little known so avoid the confusions.

Then comes the important thing. Here you should rite about any practical experience you might have. Any training you attended and stuff like that. It should be the place where the recruiter will spend the most time to see if you are fit for the job so be sure when you send out the resume update this section accordingly and shuffle the list in accordance with the requirements.

Technical skills section can either come here of just after the education. make it as a bullet list. An example presented below

  • Programming Languages : FORTRAN 77 & 90 , VB ,VBA and C
  • CAE Software package  : SOLIDWORKS , CATIA v5r10, ANSYS
  • Other Software’s          : Ms OFFICE (developer and user),MATLAB

After the project summaries list, you can include the project details where you elaborate on the projects. Here also be very brief about the projects and highlight what were your responsibilities in the project.

After this you can give in your personal profile. Be brief and don’t state unnecessary details. No one will read them unless you are going for a reality show. So keep it professional.

Well this are some of the general guideline of crafting a resume. I said I have written a lot about it here, so do check it and don’t forget to get a cover letter

Outlets for AeSI community on the web

When i was AeSI there was no outlet or community for AeSI students. Only the college or the institute you studied for were your only community. During that time not getting a good answer for what stream to choose for section a. I asked my question to a scientist in NAL. But that brought the thought of uniting all AeSI students. And I began OURAeSI group.

But now the scene has changed and there are so many outlet for AeSI students on the internet. Here I'll summarize some of them that I know of. I might miss some please point me those in comments.

OURAeSI group

Primary aim of this club is to provide a common paltform to all the students, members and graduates of The Aeronautical Society of India who are spread all over Indiaand abroad. This club is not only for students/members of The Aeronautical Society Of India, it is also open to aerospace/aeronautical community of India. In this club we discuss our experiences, AMAeSI exams, books, questions, jobs and anything/everything related to aeronautics/aerospace. As an aerospace community, we strive for ..

AeSI group

Welcome to the Aeronautical Society of India Alumni website AeSI is your University for life and all graduates are members of the University's Alumni Association. Stay in touch with us to make the most of further study opportunities, the University's facilities, business services and ways to stay involved with life at the University. You can use this platform to share your queries and responses and we will keep you update with progress and development with changes in AeSI Programs and any major .. network

AeSI orkut community

my-aesi blog 
This is blog about aeronautical society of india, about aesi members and companion site to the ouraesi club. Here i post what i think and feel about the ouraesi club,AMAeSI, aesi, aeronautics andaerospace. This blog began in december 2004 and since then i am posting tips onstudies, amaesi exams, resumes,coverletter, interveiws,solidworks, catiaand anything remotely related to aesi!!

AeSI alumni

The Aeronautical Society of India Alumni Association (AeSIAA) was formed on 27th July, 2008 (Vide resolution of its first meeting, on 27.07.08 at Bangalore) in the presence of the many ex-students from all over the Bangalore. While we are planning to file application for official registration to the Registrar of Societies for registration, intense activities have already started with positive response from ex-students settled around the world.

This are some of the communities on the internet for aesi students and graduates.I am sure i haven’t gat all of them If you know more then do add them in comments.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Grab this free ebook for students-available till 30th September

I love books, and its my AeSI days that has introduced me to them,. with so much time when in AeSI, I resorted to books and they have now become a constant companion fro me.

Sometimes I bought books and sometime I use the site to get my daily dose of literature. So when I heard that is giving a free ebook till September the 30th for the students,so I thought of informing you guys

Since the book is for students. I hope you will subscribe to it free and enjoy its benefit as well

Although the book is US centric but I am sure its advice can be ported to Indian students and tips and techniques presented there can be used by AeSI students for their betterment.

So grab the book here

College Knowledge: 101 Tips is completely free—but only for 9 more days (until Sept. 30th). It’s perfect for anyone heading to college—or someone who needs a reminder about how to do well there.

College Knowledge:

Here's what the book is all about..

College Knowledge is the perfect guide for students heading off to college with high expectations for learning, academic success, personal growth, and independence. Through lively tips and compelling student stories about life at college, it offers thoughtful, practical information for every student who wants to make a successful transition from high school to college. College Knowledge covers academics and classroom tips, faculty and the college learning environment, extra-curricular activities, diversity, personal and social growth, and the basics of dealing with family, finances, health, and safety.

Based on research on higher education and the author's twenty-five years of professional experience as a professor, dean, and vice-president focusing on the life of first-year college students, the book brings the best advice and wisdom on making the first year of college an exhilarating and successful adventure.

David Schoem is Faculty Director, Michigan Community Scholars Program, University of Michigan.

Related : ebooks on my-aesi

Type of questions asked in GATE and why knowing them will help you?


gate-2009 GATE is all about concepts and its application. All about getting to the basics!! And another advice that surfaces if one looks for studying for gate is do lots of questions.

Why?  Why do lot of questions?

well let me answer,this is just my wild idea, I would like to love to hear what’s your take on this in comments?

Why people say previous year question helps. one main reason that previous years question is that they make you aware of the type of questions that come. So effectively. this exercise of taking questions means you train your mind to find the type of questions that come in the gate exams.

So why not analyze the type of questions that you get in GATE. What will be the benefit.? Well for one your mind will know the type of questions and when you study for the GATE 2009 exams, your mind will subconsciously or consciously try to retain the information and match the patter that you are studying to possible questions that might come in GATE

so here are the types of questions that are asked in GATE

(i) Recall:

These are based on facts, principles, formulae or laws of the discipline. The candidate is expected to be able to obtain the answer either from his/her memory of the subject or at most from a one-line computation

(ii) Comprehension:

These questions will test the candidate?s understanding of the basics of his/her field, by requiring him/her to draw simple conclusions from fundamental ideas.

(iii) Application:

In these questions, the candidate is expected to apply his/her knowledge either through computation or by logical reasoning.

(iv) Analysis and Synthesis:

These can be linked questions, where the answer to the first question of the pair is required in order to answer its successor. Or these can be common data questions, in which two questions share the same data but can be solved independently of one another.

So these are the four type of questions that you will face in gate. Once you know them, you are better prepared to study for it.

Hope this helps everyone who are studying for GATE!! Tell me how you study for gate?

related : All about GATE 2009

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Why do AeSI student or graduate need a PR?

In my last post I talked about OURAeSI network and how it can be used as a PR. Well let me elaborate on that.

PR-FOR-AESI-GRADUATE Why do AeSI student or graduate need a PR?

Placement in AeSI is nothing to talk about, so best way that a graduate of AeSI can market is by self promotion. And this is where OURAeSI network comes into play. By promotion I don't mean bragging about your skills and accomplishment, or putting all your resume into the page. No.

The most effective promotion is by shaping your skills, by sharing your knowledge. By answering question, by seeking answers. This is how you build a brand for yourself. Learned something, share it in the club, this is how you will be noticed.

OURAeSI network provides lot of opportunity. Pages, forums and blogs, its all there. In pages you can put in your interests, your skills and projects you are working on. Forum is the place where you apply your knowledge to answer question, share what you know and ask for something you want to know. And last of all you can get your blog from the OURAeSI network. This is a place you can use it as your personal space where you really build and show people who you are. The main advantage of this blog will be is that you know that members of OURAeSI at least will read what you are talking.


So are you using the power of internet?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Advice from Rolls Royce for AeSI

rolls-royce My friend is onsite on an assignment with Rolls Royce and recently he shared a great point that he observed. I would like to share it with all of you here.

Let me tell you something about RR, they are the second largest engine manufacturer in the world but they only their in-house codes(in most cases) some people don’t even know about the latest commercial software available in the market. they are currently using adobe reader 3.0 n they have no plans to upgrade it. like this in design center also they have their own tools which they r using for the last 30 years or so. no hi-fi software or anything .

so the great thing to learn here is that "Don’t keep too many options for yourself otherwise u may get confused or u may loose your focus". They are so popular without any great software coz they always kept minimum options and used all the available options to the fullest.

Back home in GTRE they bought almost all the software's available on the planet, but they forgot that they are actually buying distractions for them.

so what does this mean for an aesi student and graduate. well as I have already said in this post, tools are not that important. Its how you use what you have that matters.

Same goes for students, some of them spend lot of time collecting books and notes rather than taking up one base book and carry on with their studies.

So be Rolls Royce not GTRE!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Top 5 Indian aerospace news of the week


TCS to partner Saab for aeronautical design and development centre

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Wednesday announced its partnership with Swedish defense and aerospace company, Saab, for the establishment of Saab's Aeronautical Design and Development Centre (ADDC) in India.

The Tata Group has been betting on the defense and aeronautics space in a big way of late. Earlier this year, Tata Advanced Systems, along with TCS and Tata Power joined forces with the UK-based EADS Defence and Security to bid for the Indian Army's $1 billion advanced tactical communications system project.

At around the same time, TAL Manufacturing Solutions Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Motors Ltd, entered into an agreement with Boeing for manufacturing structural components for the latter's 787 Dreamliner airplane program. Saab's ADDC, to be set up in partnership with TCS, will create design and development capabilities within India for both military and civil aeronautical applications.

The design and development centre will address market opportunities in areas such as aero structures, aero systems, avionics and after market support. This co-operation will also allow Saab to set a footprint in India, with TCS, to capture opportunities emerging in the aerospace and defense sector. Commenting on the partnership, S Ramadorai, CEO and MD, TCS said, "This partnership has a strong blend of Saab's technology solutions and TCS's global engineering model, which will help address growing opportunities in the aerospace and defense sector."

via this

Satyam Computers, India's fourth largest IT company is now looking to be among the top two engineering service providers and capture a market share of 10 percent by 2012. As part of this vision, the company plans to focus on select verticals like aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, semiconductors and farm equipment.
Satyam is also concentrating attention towards geographies like U.S., Germany, France, Japan and UK. The other key strategy is positioning the company as a leading engineering service provider.

The revenue of R&D and product engineering services was 175 million out of total global service revenue of $2 billion, in 2007, representing 9 percent of the total revenue. IDC India, Infotech analyst firm, sees that there would be a significant growth in the share of the R&D and product engineering to the total revenue.
more here

Setting up an aerospace park in Chennai

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) had submitted its proposal for setting up an aerospace park in Chennai. The proposed park would need 4,000 acre of land and attract an investment of around $10 billion. The park would create over 100,000 jobs.

The domestic aviation industry needs over 1,000 aircraft in the next 10 years and is expected to invest over $100 billion. This would be the right time for the aeropark.

The European aerospace industry is exploring a slew of partnerships with Indian industry in the areas of civil and military aircraft manufacturing, Martin Kraus, vice- president (Defence Electronics), EADS Defence and Security, the Munich-based holding company of Airbus said here on Friday.

A combination of tough competition, cost pressures and high oil prices in the civil aviation sector and shrinking Defence budgets in European nations and relaxation of export regulations could see a new ballgame emerging in aircraft development partnerships with India, Mr. Kaus told The Hindu on the sidelines of the "Connect 2008".

"Our defence strategy is very much to build cooperation with India and facilitate manufacturing tie-ups with engineering companies here," said Mr. Kraus.

read more here 

India can tap outsourcing avenues in aerospace: Airbus

With the European aerospace industry looking at cutting costs, India can become an important outsourcing destination, an official of aircraft major Airbus Industries said here Friday.

"Airbus is into cutting costs by outsourcing components. In future, we will outsource engineering as well as production jobs," Martin Kraus, who heads Airbus A400 Military Systems, said here.

According to him, the challenges faced by Airbus in the civilian segment are increased competition from aircraft manufacturers in Brazil and China, low value of the American dollar and volatility in oil prices.

In the military segment, the defense budgets of European countries are coming down, Kraus said during his address at Connect 2008, an information, communication and technology meet organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Dwelling on how Indian companies could take advantage of the outsourcing opportunity that Airbus presents, Kraus said India had to improve its skills in the spheres of avionics, designing and engineering.

According to a CII study, the aerospace industry globally spends $60 billion on engineering every year. India accounts for less than one percent of the total offshoring in the engineering services space.

It will have a design and engineering city, manufacturing centre, satellite MRO facility, R&D testing facility and infrastructure support systems, according to Subbu D Subramanian, chairman, Connect 2008, CII's annual information, communication and technology (ICT ) event, and director and senior vice-president, Satyam Computer Services.

John W Douglass, former president and chief executive officer, Aerospace Industries Association of America, in his keynote address said around 300,000 workers were expected to retire from the US aerospace industry in the next 10 years and these jobs have to be filled. India is well positioned in this space, thanks to the number of educational institutes, he added.

Currently, there are about 700,000 workers employed in the US aerospace industry and the average age is more than 50 years. They account for one per cent of the US population and manufacture 50 per cent of the world's fleet. The industry contributed $56 billion to the US economy, which is the single-largest by any industry.

There is a gap in supply and demand for manpower. Schools and other institutions are not producing enough number of graduates to fill the gap. While the rest of the world is progressing in education, the US is not doing so in knowledge, technology, maths and science areas.

India has a highly-educated population and they are highly competitive which can supply aero/mechanical engineers, software engineers, program managers, skilled trades, Douglass said.

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