A first of its kind cleanroom certification program was held at YMCA, Mumbai Central from March 5 to 8 by ISHRAE Institute of Excellence, Mumbai. The course material for Module 1, the first of two modules planned, was developed for IIE by a group of five domain experts, having between them a combined experience of over 150 years. They were also the instructors for the program.
R. Vijayakumar, Ph.D. is founder and head of Aerfil, a consulting company devoted to providing technical and business solutions and services for the filtration and contamination control industry as well as educational support for the industry, with over 30 years’ experience.
Sheesh Gulati, an engineering graduate from Poona University, also holds a post-graduate degree in industrial engineering and management from Loughborough University of Technology, UK with over 40 years of industry experience. He is CEO of MeasureTest Corporation, Mumbai.
Prashant Desai is a 1981 graduate mechanical engineer from IIT Kharagpur with 32 years’ experience in companies like Voltas, Blue Star, Johnson Controls and Suvidha Engineers, and is now setting up his own company. He has designed and executed various pharma and cleanroom projects.
Sasidharan Menon is a 1978 batch electrical engineer from Calicut University, with post graduate proficiency certificate for boilers and steam engines. With 30 years’ experience, he co-founded Filtra Technopak Cleanroom Systems. He is now a consultant for pharma, biotech and healthcare sectors.
B. Gautham Baliga is director at Opal HVAC Engineers, specialising in design-build of pharma, healthcare and industrial HVAC systems. He is on the Editorial Board of AC&R Journal of ISHRAE and an IIE Trustee. He had an 8 year stint in Voltas after graduating in mechanical engineering from IIT Kharagpur in 1979.
The course material was given to the delegates a week before the commencement of the program. There were 22 hours of instruction, 4 hours of hands-on demonstration of use of instruments and finally a 2 hour examination for certification. The course content comprised of:
|R. Vijayakumar explains particle mechanics||Sheesh Gulati explains the finer points of particle counting|
|Delegates learn to use a photometer for filter testing||Certification test in progress|
|A total of 33 delegates attended from nine cities across the country and across six user groups (see pie charts). Twenty nine delegates were successful in the certification test.|
|Distribution of delegates across cities||Distribution of delegates across user groups|
|The interactive sessions in which delegates – some of them eminent in their own right – contributed their knowledge, made a real difference. These were truly enriching experience for both the instructors as well as the delegates.|