CNH Industrial announces winner of its Industrial Design Program at UPES Dehradun

  • The 10-week program provided UPES students with practical knowledge and hands-on experience in the design and development of farm machinery
  • The winners will visit New Holland Agriculture’s Greater Noida manufacturing plant 

National, September 18, 2023

CNH Industrial India, a global leader in agriculture and construction equipment, announced the winners of its Industrial Design Program in partnership with UPES, a multidisciplinary university in Dehradun. The winning team of Abhijith MS, Arvind M and Vrushadwaj Gunjari, along with their mentor Lavendra Shukla, triumphed with their ’Coco Harvest’ concept. 

The Industrial Design Program was a joint effort, and based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CNH and UPES. The program aims to foster innovation and creativity amongst young talented students to develop solutions for farm machinery. The partnership encompassed a wide spectrum of cooperative efforts including research, joint projects, academic exchanges, workshops, seminars, and intern co-supervision.

Ashish Sharma, Leader India Technology Center, CNH, said, “We are pleased to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the winners in our Industrial Design Program, a result of our successful partnership with UPES. This program has been an inspiring journey, igniting the students’ innovation and creativity. We remain committed to such initiatives that empower and nurture the next generation of designers.”

The 10-week program saw 20 students in five groups grapple with real-world projects and gain hands-on experience. It required them to develop a new vehicle and provided them with a deeper understanding of farm machinery design and development. The students learned research, conceptualization, design, sourcing, prototyping, and production skills. Additionally, CNH’s experienced team visited UPES, providing advice and addressing students’ design concerns. The individual projects were further evaluated by both UPES and CNH in terms of creativity, innovation, and overall best design solution.

David Wilkie, Head of Industrial Design for CNH said, “It has been a fantastic experience for me and my team to see the research and design creativity of the students. They have been thorough in looking for opportunities to improve fruit harvesting. It’s the work of an industrial designer to focus on a problem and design a solution that makes the job easier, faster and safer. Working with the students from UPES has been inspiring for us, while also helping the students develop their creative processes. The design teams have come up with ideas for harvesting coconuts, pineapples, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and even mangoes.” 

Phani Tetali, Dean, School of Design (SOD), UPES, said, “We are glad to partner with CNH to support the development of young talent in India. This partnership will not only provide an opportunity for the students to showcase their talent, but also to receive expert guidance from the experienced professionals at CNH. With this initiative, we hope to equip the next generation of designers with the necessary skills and knowledge to enter the industry and create an impact”.

CNH Industrial India serves the country through its Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and CASE Construction Equipment brands, delivering on the promise to provide world-class products of engineering excellence, with ‘Made in India’ manufacturing operations for over 25 years. 

CNH Industrial (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI) is a world-class equipment and services company. Driven by its purpose of Breaking New Ground, which centers on Innovation, Sustainability and Productivity, the Company provides the strategic direction, R&D capabilities, and investments that enable the success of its global and regional Brands. Globally, Case IH and New Holland Agriculture supply 360° agriculture applications from machines to implements and the digital technologies that enhance them; and CASE and New Holland Construction Equipment deliver a full lineup of construction products that make the industry more productive. The Company’s regionally focused Brands include: STEYR, for agricultural tractors; Raven, a leader in digital agriculture, precision technology and the development of autonomous systems; Flexi-Coil, specializing in tillage and seeding systems; Miller, manufacturing application equipment; Kongskilde, providing tillage, seeding and hay & forage implements; and Eurocomach, producing a wide range of mini and midi excavators for the construction sector, including electric solutions.

Across a history spanning over two centuries, CNH Industrial has always been a pioneer in its sectors and continues to passionately innovate and drive customer efficiency and success. As a truly global company, CNH Industrial’s 40,000+ employees form part of a diverse and inclusive workplace, focused on empowering customers to grow, and build, a better world. 

For more information and the latest financial and sustainability reports visit: cnhindustrial.com

For news from CNH Industrial and its Brands visit: media.cnhindustrial.com

About UPES:

Established through the UPES Act, 2003, of the State Legislature of Uttarakhand, UPES is a top-ranked, UGC-recognised, private university. As per the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2023, the Ministry of Education, Government of India, UPES has been ranked 52, with a rank of 54 in engineering and a rank of 39 in management. In addition to this, the university has been ranked the No. 1 private university in academic reputation in India by the QS World University Rankings 2024 and is among the top 3% of universities in the world. UPES has also been accredited by NAAC with grade ‘A’ and has received 5-Stars on Employability (placements), by globally acclaimed QS Rating. The university has had 90%+ placements over the last few years.

UPES offers graduate and postgraduate programs through its eight schools: School of Advanced Engineering, School of Computer Science, School of Design, School of Law, School of Business, School of Health Sciences & Technology, School of Modern Media, and School of Liberal Studies with about 13,000 students and 1500+ faculty and staff members.

For more information, visit: https://www.upes.ac.in/  

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