Aerospace engineering students participate in India exchange program

Aerospace Engineering Students in India

Students from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University participated in an exchange program with students from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur this summer.

This is the second year Texas A&M and IIT Kanpur have facilitated the exchange program.

Three students from IIT Kanpur studied at Texas A&M for nine weeks, working with aerospace engineering professors and experiencing Texas culture. The students worked in the areas of shape memory alloys, durability of aerospace materials and on-board satellite computers.

This was the first trip to the United States for the exchange students. While here, they also visited the River Walk and Alamo in San Antonio, as well as Houston and NASA Johnson Space Center.

Conversely, four students from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M traveled to IIT Kanpur for 10 weeks to take part in this exchange program. The Texas A&M students studied structures, dynamics and hypersonics under the guidance of renowned aerospace engineering faculty at IIT Kanpur.

This was the first trip to India for most of the Texas A&M students. On the weekends, they had the opportunity to travel to different parts of India, including Delhi, Agra (the city of Taj Mahal), Lucknow and several tourist attractions in the state of Rajasthan.

“It is a challenge to be working at such a prestigious institution, but it is so rewarding at the same time,” said Paul Braden, an Aggie aerospace engineering student who visited IIT Kanpur.

Lisa Warren, another Aggie who studied in Kanpur, said, “It truly has been the experience of a lifetime. We have made some amazing friends during our time here including the students who we hosted last summer.”

The exchange program has sparked an interest in students from both universities to pursue graduate degrees in the “other” institution. It has also created an avenue for Indian students interested in attending Texas A&M to meet American students and begin relationships before they arrive in the United States, and vice versa. Students interested in participating in the program for the Summer of 2012 can contact Dr. Vikram Kinra atkinra@tamu.edu no later than Sept. 30, 2011.