ENGINEERING METROLOGY AND MEASUREMENTS N.V. RAGHAVENDRA Professor & Head Department of Mechanical Engineering The National Institute of Engineering Mysore L. KRISHNAMURTHY Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering The National Institute of Engineering Mysore
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INDEX 521 About the Authors N.V. Raghavendra is Professor and Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, the National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Mysore. He has more than 25 years of teaching and research experience. A Ph D holder from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), his doctoral research area was on ‘Acquisition of Technological Capability and Economic Performance in Clusters’, done with an objective to understand the major factors that influence acquisition of technological capability (especially in smaller firms) and also recommend policy measures for their growth and sustenance. Dr Raghavendra was a member of the Implementation Committee of the prestigious VTU–Bosch Rexroth Centre of Automation Technology, Mysore. He has also served as the Special Officer of the VTU–Bosch Rexroth Centre, Mysore from September 2007 to December 2008 and Director of the NIE–Eicher Centre for Automobile Technology, NIE, from January 2011 to January 2013. L. Krishnamurthy is Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, the National Institute of Engineering, Mysore. He has more than 25 years of teaching cum research experience. Prof. Krishnamurthy holds a doctoral degree from Kuvempu University, Karnataka. His research area was on ‘Machinability Studies on Metal Matrix Hybrid Composites’. He co-investigates the research project titled ‘Characterization of Composite Materials and Application of Nanomaterials for Sustainable Energy’ sanctioned by Nano Mission, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.