Indian Design Students Honored for Innovative Solutions 

239 students from 19 institutes across India participated in the competition to design a trustworthy Aerospace communication, navigation and surveillance experience

If you are searching for the brightest minds and most creative problem solvers in India, look no further than the 2017 Honeywell Aerospace Design Challenge.

For the fourth consecutive year, college students from dozens of design institutes across India participated in the innovative, hands-on contest. 

Honeywell recognized the winners of the annual competition sponsored by Honeywell to attract and develop talent in India for its growing Aerospace industry. During the award ceremony, Akhil Patel, one of the winners and a design student from IIT Guwahati mentioned “I’m very excited about winning the Honeywell’s fourth Aerospace Design Challenge. Moreover, it is a great opportunity for students like us to showcase our design capability and how our designs can help improve existing processes and create solutions to tackle present-day challenges in India.”


Started in 2014, the Honeywell India Aerospace Design Challenge is an annual contest for college students to come up with innovative solutions addressing specific needs of the Indian aviation industry. More than 650 students from 20 institutes in both aviation and design fields have participated. The students were charged with designing a user-friendly, enhanced situational awareness solution for Aerospace communication, navigation and surveillance. Akhil Patel and Harmeet Singh from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, and Harshika Jain and Salil Parekh from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, were announced winners of this year’s contest at the award ceremony held at the Honeywell campus in Bangalore.


“I’m delighted to meet the brilliant design students at the Aerospace Design Challenge 2017. They are India’s future for building human-centered software industrial solutions for our country,” said Dr. Akshay Bellare, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Technology Solutions, India, Honeywell’s technology development and engineering arm. “As Honeywell transforms into a software industrial company with about half of its 23,000 global engineers working on software, we know that digital and physical solutions will become more and more connected to change the way we live and work. Domain knowledge will become very important, and we’re committed to nurturing Indian engineering talent and building Make in India solutions to support rapid growth in the country.”


The top 12 finalists presented their proposals through show and tell on the Grand Finale day and also had the opportunity to engage in roundtable discussions with Honeywell aviation engineers about the opportunities for the industry today and in the future.