Arunkumar Ram

Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
Qualification

M.E. (Biomedical Engineering), University of Mumbai 2015
B.E. (Biomedical Engineering),University of Mumbai 2008

Experience

Teaching Experience: 10 Years
Administrative Experience: 7 Years
Technical Papers Published: 7

I hail from Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh and I have fond memories of my native place - especially the fertile alluvial soil of my region which carries the sediments of the river Ganga. I belong to a close-knit family with a humble background, with my family’s primary occupation being farming and cultivation. Since my school days I have been a quiet learner, as I believed in learning through observation. With my schooling in basic sciences, I aspired to pursue a course in Biomedical Engineering. The interdisciplinary nature of the course always fascinated me. I believe Engineering is one of the only professional courses that not only teaches technology but also life skills.

My connect with teaching is for one primary reason - it gives me the freedom to be a life-long learner. Engaging with young minds gives me plenty of opportunities to learn. I have been associated with Vidyalankar Institute of Technology since 2010 and so far, it has been an enriching experience. Many have the misconception that teaching is a very easy-going job but I consider it as challenging as any other profession, and yet it is a very fulfilling career. Some of the courses that I teach at Vidyalankar are Biomaterials, Medical Imaging, Nuclear Medicine and Biomedical Instrumentation. I have an interest in working with non-invasive approach for biological signal acquisition and parameter extraction using tools like MATLAB, and LabVIEW. Some of the undergraduate projects that I have guided include non-invasive measurement systems for biological parameters like hemoglobin, blood pressure etc. One of the key collaborative projects that I am working on with my students is at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), where we have done a scientific survey on evaluating major causes of road accidents in Mumbai City and we are devising a technical solution for post-accident relief.

With a view to initiate technical activities in the domain of Biomedical Engineering and with the support of my Institute, I initiated the formation of the first student body of Biomedical Engineering Society of India (BMESI), which is a national society for Biomedical Engineers in Mumbai. I headed the team as Convener and with my talented team of students, I was fortunate enough to conduct a plethora of activities in collaboration with companies like Maquet and Smiths Medical. As a Departmental Training and Placement Coordinator and Internship Coordinator, it has been my continuous effort to get good companies in the Biomedical domain for placements. Student preparedness has been my key objective to make them ready for confidently facing various stages of the campus recruitment process. I am glad that many of my current students and alumni are connected to me through LinkedIn and they cherish these learnings. I have been instrumental in establishing links with many companies and leading hospitals that offer internships to our students - the list includes Maquet, Hiranandani Hospitals, Kohinoor Hospitals, Asian Heart Institute and Biosense Technologies Ltd.

Besides teaching, in my leisure time I like reading finance articles, dabbling in amateur photography and listening to classics of Mohammed Rafi and Kishore Kumar. I like my campus - there is a rich variety of flora within the campus; I enjoy visiting the well-maintained garden area and taking some good photos.