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April

Faculty Kudos-Vijay K. Arora

Professor Dr.  Vijay K. Arora, Department of Electrical Engineering and Physics, and designated IEEE-EDS Distinguished Lecturer delivered distinguished lectures (DLs) at IEEE-EDS chapters in Dhaka (Bangladesh) and Kolkata (India). 

In his maiden visit to Bangladesh, he gave the  DL on “Carbon:  The Soul of Future Nanoelectronics” on April 4, 2015 at Bangladesh’s prestigious Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (popularly known as BUET).  In Kolkata, he offered a series of DLs in the form of  two-days’ International Workshop on Nanotechnology Journey from Quantum Physics to Nanoengineering on April 6-7, 2015. 

The Workshop was based on his recently published book entitled Nanoelectronics: Quantum Engineering of Low-Dimensional Nanoensembles that has been published by CRC Press/Taylor and Francis group.  It was given at Meghnad Saha Institute of Technology with a prodigious opening by Administrators from prestigious universities in the presence of participants who were eager to embrace the marvels of Nano World. 

The lectures were presented on the spirit of Washington Accord (washingtonaccord.org) , a consortium of 17 countries,  of which India was recently admitted as full signatory member.  The spirit of the Accord is transferable outcomes from one country of the Accord to the other as professionals are becoming more mobile in embracing global economy and countries need knowledgeable workforce in completion of projects of national priorities. 

These experiences are documented in an invited paper entitled Life-Long Education for the Global Workforce in the Socio-Engineering Age that is published in the Pretanika Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities.  The paper documents the deliverable outcomes that businesses desperately need in today’s global economy as professionals are shuffled from one country to the other.  As Japan, the Land of Rising Sun,  sleeps at the end of the day, U. S. markets open up to start the business of the day and finish the job that Japanese left dangling. That is why U. S. Congress is trying to lift the ceiling on H-1 Visas granted to professionals in the light of severe shortage of dedicated global workforce who can meet the test of times and who will take American technologies to other countries of the world.  

In response to the comments of Fareed Zakaria on the lack of liberal arts training, Professor Arora describes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) as reincarnation of traditional liberal arts comprising Quadrivium (Arithmetic, Astronomy, Geometry, and Music) and Trivium  (Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric).  He affectionately calls the Quadrivium as the text or soul of liberal arts and Trivium as the context in which liberal arts are practiced.   Professor Arora is presently the Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia to promote his book and train graduate students on the art of publishing in the Nanoelectronics area.

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