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Praveen Vettiyattil is on a mission to transform a million people into inventors by 2025. He is CEO of YCI Technologies, Thrissur, Kerala and the founder of the global 'You Can Invent' movement. He started YCI Technologies, a mechanical engineering research and development company to develop and commercialize pedal powered machines and other energy saving technologies. YCI Technologies also conducts training workshops on 'how to invent' for R&D engineers in industry, engineering students, engineering faculty, school students and school teachers. His recent inventions include pedal powered centrifugal pump and pedal powered water lifting machine. He maintains a dairy of several mathematical and statistical formulas that he discovered independently during high school and college days. He wants to put his technical know-how to make this world a better place to live in and train young minds the art of inventing. He holds a patent for an energy saving technology in lighting and has developed energy saving technologies in transportation and air conditioning.

In April 2015, he was the only inventor invited from India to present his inventions at the Research and Development section of Hanover Fair in Germany which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. In 2009 while working as Director of Renewable Energy at a University, he implemented South India's first automated small wind turbine at a University campus that powered 30 LED street lights from wind energy alone for 9 months in an year. During his 5 year long academic career as an engineering/business school faculty in India, he taught 15 mechanical engineering subjects and 8 MBA subjects.

For 20+ years Praveen worked in industry, taught in engineering and business schools, was an entrepreneur and developed new technologies that are all world's first. Having converted several dozen product ideas into working prototypes, Praveen possesses advanced knowledge in CAD/CAM and other manufacturing processes.While working as process optimization engineer at KLA-Tencor Corporation, Milpitas, California, he was given an award for his contribution towards improving manufacturing productivity and reducing manufacturing cycle time in 2001. While working for Hitachi Air Conditioners in Doha as a Sales Manager in 1998, he lead a team that implemented HVAC projects worth $500,000. While working as engineering/business school faculty in India he taught 15 mechanical engineering subjects and 8 MBA subjects. While working as Director of Renewable Energy for a university in Tamil Nadu in 2009, he implemented South India's first automated small wind turbine with battery storage on a university campus which powered about 30 LED street lights. He has guided several students in doing inventive engineering projects. His talk on 'You can invent' has been delivered in more than 100 leading engineering colleges, schools and Innovation conferences in India, middle east and Germany and has influenced more than 100,000 mostly engineering students. Praveen holds a master of science in manufacturing engineering from University of Southern California and bachelors in mechanical engineering from University of Calicut. In 2013 he was given a national level innovation award for his socially conscious inventions and was the keynote speaker at the Indira Innovation Summit, Pune. He is the first Indian to speak at a TEDx in middle eastern countries and has presented thrice on TEDx, the last one being at TEDx Sharjah in 2012. He can be reached at vettiyat@yahoo.com

Recent inventions

Pedal powered water lifting machine

Pedal powered centrifugal pump

Selected recent talks and appearances:

  • Government Engineering College, Kozhikode, 10/11/2018
  • Government Higher Secondary School, Kokkallur, Kerala, 09/11/2018
  • Government Engineering College, Kozhikode, 10/10/2018
  • Rotary Club, South India meet, Lulu Convention Center, Thrissur, 17/02/2018
  • Rotary Club, Thrissur city, 05/01/2018
  • BML Munjal University, Gurgaon, Haryana, 14/12/2017
  • IIT Delhi, 13/12/2017
  • NIT Uttarakhand, 12/12/2017
  • Institute of Technology Gopeshwar, Uttarakhand, 11/12/2017
  • VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad, 03/11/2017
  • NIT Calicut, 14/10/2017
  • NIT Surathkal, 12/10/2017
  • Nirmala College of Engineering, Thrissur, Kerala, 06/10/2017
  • Zayed University, Dubai, UAE, 16/02/2017
  • New Indian Model School, Dubai, 15/02/2017
  • District Industries Center, Thrissur, Kerala, 25/07/2016
  • GECT Alumni + Kerala Engineers Forum , Hotel Golden Oasis, Muscat, Jan 28, 2016
  • GECT Alumni annual meet, Hotel Ramada Ajman, UAE, Jan 22, 2016
  • Synergy international, UAE October 23, 2015
  • Hannover Messe, Research and Development Section, Germany, April 13, 2015
  • Vivekalaya Matriculation and Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore, 19/03/2015
  • Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi, February 28, 2015
  • Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Thrissur, Kerala, 16/01/2015
  • Foundation for Education Research and Innovation (FERI), Pulamanthole, Kerala, 04/01/2015
  • Government Engineering College, Thrissur, Kerala, 30/10/14
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, 17/10/2014
  • Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, 16/10/14
  • Nikita Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Coimbatore, 13/10/2014
  • GB Pant Engineering College, Uttarakand, 26/09/2014
  • Kumaraguru College of Technology, 27/08/14
  • Vijayagiri Public School, Thrissur, Kerala, 01/08/2014
  • Carmel College, Thrissur, Kerala, 01/08/2014
  • National Institute of Technology, Silchar, Assam, 01/08/2014
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar, Punjab, 06/04/2014
  • National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, 04/04/2014
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, 02/04/2014
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 31/03/2014
  • National Institute of Technology, Agartala, Tripura, 29/03/2014
  • National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, Orissa, 22/03/2014
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 28/02/2014
  • G B Pant Engineering College, Pauri, Uttarakhand, 24-25/02/2014
  • National Institute of Technology - Patna, 22/02/2014
  • Indian Institute of Information Technology, Bhubaneswar, 02/02/2014
  • College of Engineering - Guindy, Chennai, 31/01/2014
  • Philips Kitchen Appliances, Chennai, Dec 31, 2013
  • Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Mumbai, Dec 28, 2013
  • National Institute of Technology - Surat, Gujarat, 24/08/2013
  • Indian Institute of Technology - Gandhinagar, Gujarat, 19/08/2013
  • Kamaraj College of Engineering, Virudhnagar, Tamil Nadu, 13/09/2013
  • Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam, Tamil Nadu, 14/08/2013
  • Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore, 19/04/2012
  • Government Engineering College Thrissur, at the Innovation Center, Thrissur, Kerala, 22/03/2013
  • Loyola ICAM college of engineering and technology, 07/03/2013, Chennai.
  • Dr NGP college of engineering, Coimbatore, 16/02/2012
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, ELAN 2013, January 19, 2013
  • MES Engineering College, Kuttipuram, Kerala, January, 14, 2013
  • Indira Innovation Summit, Jan 12th, 2013, Pune, India
  • Loyola Institute of Technology, Kanyakumari, January 7, 2013
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Confluence 2013, January 4th
  • New Indian Model School, Dubai, Dec 18, 2012
  • The Model School, Abu Dhabi, Dec 11, 2012
  • UAE University, Al Ain, UAE, Nov 21st, 2012, on 'You can Invent'
  • TEDx Sharjah, Sept 29th 2012 on 'You too can invent'
  • Indian Association Al Ain, UAE, July 20th on 'You too can invent, here's why'
  • Talk at Punjab Engineering College on March 24th, 2012
  • At Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai, on March 18th, 2012
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, Jan 28, 2012
  • National Institute of Technology, Calicut, TEDx, January 14, 2012
  • National Institute of Technology, Trichy, March 9, 2012
  • PSG Tech, Coimbatore, April 27, 2012
  • TEDx National Institute of Technology, Surathkal, Oct 30, 2011
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBlLZOKUoJ0&t=1s




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