Manish M. Pande became a Solver in 2009. Here he writes about his experience winning his first Challenge, Control of Bubble Size in Carbonated Beverages.
I am a metallurgist by profession, presently doing a PhD on a “clean steel” project jointly initiated by the MTM, K U Leuven and ArcelorMittal Gent, Belgium.
I obtained my master’s degree (M. Tech) and bachelor’s degree (B.E.) in Metallurgical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Mumbai (India) in 2006 and Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (formerly VRCE), Nagpur (India) in 2001. I spent nearly three and half years in the steel industries in operations and R&D before the commencement of my PhD program.
Sometime back in 2009, a friend of mine suggested that I look at InnoCentive. I visited nature.com Open Innovation Pavilion, and the Challenge “Control of Bubble Size in Carbonated Beverages” was a familiar topic. I had worked earlier on metallic foams during my master’s thesis. I had a basic knowledge about the physics of foaming of metals, so I decided to give it a try. I proposed the method to manipulate the characteristics of bubbles in carbonated beverage and I was ecstatic to learn that the proposed method turned out to be the winning solution.
I feel that every problem posted by InnoCentive is an opportunity for the Solvers to push their thinking limits and come out with a solution that is of real practical significance. The statistics shows that there are over 250,000 registered Solvers from all over the world who have developed their thinking/approach to the problem in different educational environments. In such a scenario, even the participation of 0.001% of all the registered users, for a particular Challenge, makes it truly competitive. In this tough competition, proposing the right solution, which the Seeker finds suitable after already trying out all the possible resources/ideas to its disposal, is no mean feat. It makes the winner more confident about his/her creative abilities.
Congratulations to all such unique thinkers. I wish all the InnoCentive users good luck in solving the present and the future Challenges; and I encourage those who are not yet part of InnoCentive to join this global network. Become a Solver!