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Praveen Vettiyattil, an inventor, is on a mission to transform a million people into inventors by 2025. Yes, you read that right - A MILLION PEOPLE INTO INVENTORS. Like Karl Benz's invention of the automobile created one out of every six jobs today, Praveen believes that every major invention creates hundreds of factories resulting in millions of positive and permanent jobs urgently needed for global peace and prosperity.

He is CEO of YCI Technologies, Thrissur, Kerala, India 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 his engineering inventions. 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, pedal powered water lifting machine and a new technology in closed space cooling. He maintains a dairy of several mathematical and statistical formulas that he discovered independently, which includes a method to calculate the value of Pi (3.14) to any number of decimal places. He wants to put his engineering 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 street lighting and has developed energy saving and low cost technologies in transportation and solar tracking.

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. In 2009 while working as Director of Renewable Energy at a University in Tamil Nadu, 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 7 year long academic career as an engineering and 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 many 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. 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.

Praveen was president of Shuttle badminton team at University of Southern California and was Shuttle badminton team member at Government Engineering College Thrissur. Won first place several times during inter university competitions.

Recent inventions

Pedal powered water lifting machine

World's first Pedal powered water lifting machine

Selected recent talks and appearances:

  • Government Engineering College, Thrissur, 19/11/2019
  • MES Engineering College, Kuttipuram, 10/11/2019
  • Sree Valluvanad Vidya Bhavan, Perintlmanna, 06/08/2019
  • Government Engineering College, Kannur, Kerala - 20/03/2019
  • Global English School, Kozhikode, Kerala 18/03/2019
  • Zayed University, Dubai Campus, UAE, 18/02/2019
  • Indian School, Al Ain, UAE, 10/02/2019
  • Global English School, Al Ain, UAE, 04/02/2019
  • 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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=128ll4yXUfY
  • 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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