Applied Electronics and Instrumentation(AEI)
Applied Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering is a merger of both Electronics and Instrumentation subjects for Applied Engineering. Electronics is an essential part of physics which concerns with the flow of electrons in electrical circuits that involve active components such as vacuum tubes, transistors, diodes and integrated circuits, and associated passive interconnection technologies. Instrumentation is the art and science of measurement and control of process variables within a production or manufacturing area. Applied Engineering mainly deals with the application of management, design and technical skills for the design and integration of systems, the execution of new product designs, the improvement of manufacturing processes, and the management and direction of physical and/or technical functions of a firm or organization. Applied Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering came into existence at the Silicon Institute of Technology, Bhubaneswar in the year 2003. The scope of this particular Applied Electronics and Instrumentation branch is vast and bridges almost all the branches of engineering. Still it appears to be growing and this process is gaining momentum due to the increased use of automatic control in manufacturing and process plants. The subjects taught to students give them a basic understanding of instruments of all branches from chemical, mechanical, electrical to computer science. Modern Virtual Instruments, different simulators and emulators are used which not only makes the study dynamic but also more focused and interesting. Students learn to program microcontrollers, design and implement communication networks composed of sensors, actuators, and programmable logic controllers (PLC) and also open up their skills by designing Virtual Instruments. In the present scenario, Applied Electronics and Instrumentation engineers are the backbone of industries. Candidates taking admissions to this branch avail of courses like “microprocessors and microcontrollers, Process Control & Instrumentation, Industrial Automation and Control, Industrial Instrumentation, Biomedical Instrumentation, Sensors and Signals”, with some interdisciplinary courses like “VLSI, Digital Signal Processing, Communication Engineering, Computer Networks, Operating System etc”. .
Prakash Kumar Rout