NASA awards Odia engineer for innovation in tyre technology

Sambalpur: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has felicitated Sameer Panda, an Odia engineer of Odisha, for his project on a new tyre technology. This was announced by Panda in an e-mail to mediapersons on Saturday.

Panda’s project showed how longevity of a tyre can be increased and accidents can be avoided by adopting the different manufacturing technology to lessen frictional pressure on the tyre.

A resident of Sambalpur town, Panda will return home from USA on November 16.

After completion of his study in Manufacturing Engineering from VSSUT, Panda is presently working at Tata Motors. Besides, he is pursuing his PhD at VSSUT.

Panda’s mother said his son used to design models during his childhood days while lying in the bed due to illness.

His father is a retired Professor in Chemistry.

Talking to mediapersons about the achievement, Panda said, “The innovation of his team was awarded out of the short-listed 1000 entries. Participants from 64 countries had participated in the competition.”

Further, he stated the Burst Prevention and Puncture Curative technology has been applied to manufacture the new age tyre. As a tyre bursts due to friction and overheating causing accidents, the technology ensures distribution of heat so that the explosion can be prevented.

Besides, life of the tyre can also be increased and fuel efficiency of a vehicle can be increased by 3%, Panda said.

Panda and his team have filed for patent of the innovation in India, US, Canada, and Japan.