Texas A&M University Aerospace Engineering students participate in an exchange program with students from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur during the summer. This past year five students from IIT Kanpur studied at Texas A&M University in College Station, while five students from A&M studied at IIT Kanpur.

Students work on projects under the guidance of world-renowned aerospace engineering faculty at both instututions. 

Projects worked on at IIT Kanpur this past summer included:

  • Effect of filler volume fraction on fracture behavior of glass particle filled epoxy composites
  • Social issues in contemporary Indian women's memoirs
  • Dynamics and performance analysis of helicopters

Projects worked on at Texas A&M this past summer included:

  • Open loop simulation of control of helicopter
  • Uncertainty propagation in hypersonic re-entry model
  • Modeling of piezoelectric effects
  • Modeling of turbulence¬†
  • Feedback motion planning of UAVs

"Doing research at IIT Kanpur was an amazing experience. I really enjoyed being immersed in the IIT culture." Sachin Subramanian

"I never though I would learn so much, not just about aero engineering, but the people as well. Best experience of my life so far." Michael Young

Time is given for the exchange students to travel and explore places many of them have never visited before. Places visited in Texas included Houston and the NASA Johnson Space Center, George Bush Library, and the San Antonio Riverwalk. Places visited in India included Delhi, India, the Taj Mahal in Agra, Lucknow and tourist attractions in the state of Rajasthan.

The exchange program has sparked an interest in students from both universities to pursue research at the "other" institution. It 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.

More information

For more information, contact Dr. Vikram Kinra.