Honeywell recognizes top talent at India Aerospace Design Challenge 2017

239 students from 19 design institutes across India participate in competition to design a trustworthy and reassuring Aerospace communication, navigation, and surveillance experience

February 28, 2017

Honeywell today announced the winners of the fourth edition of India Aerospace Design Challenge, the annual competition sponsored by Honeywell to attract and develop talent in India for its growing Aerospace industry. The company announced the winners on India's National Science Day, celebrated each year to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist and Nobel Laureate Sir Chandrashekhara Venkata Raman on February 28, 1930.

The 2017 Honeywell India Aerospace Design Challenge drew the participation of 239 students from 19 design institutes across India. The students were charged with designing a user-friendly, enhanced situational awareness solution for Aerospace communication, navigation and surveillance. Akhil Patel and Harmeet Singh from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, and Harshika Jain and Salil Parekh from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, were announced winners of this year's contest at the award ceremony held at the Honeywell campus in Bangalore.

"I'm delighted to meet the brilliant design students at the Aerospace Design Challenge 2017. They are India's future for building human-centered software industrial solutions for our country," said Dr. Akshay Bellare, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Technology Solutions, India, Honeywell's technology development and engineering arm. "As Honeywell transforms into a software industrial company with about half of its 23,000 global engineers working on software, we know that digital and physical solutions will become more and more connected to change the way we live and work. Domain knowledge will become very important, and we're committed to nurturing Indian engineering talent and building Make in India solutions to support rapid growth in the country."

"I'm very excited about winning the Honeywell's fourth Aerospace Design Challenge," Akhil Patel said at the award ceremony. "Moreover, it is a great opportunity for students like us to showcase our design capability and how our designs can help improve existing processes and create solutions to tackle present-day challenges in India."

Started in 2014, the Honeywell India Aerospace Design Challenge is an annual contest for college students to design innovative solutions addressing specific needs ofthe Indian aviation industry. More than 650 students from 20 institutes in both aviation and design fieldshave participated in the yearly competition.