K.Mohan, a third year Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering (EIE) student of SRM University, has seven national awards and six state awards to his credit. A native of Karur District of Tamil Nadu, Mohan has filed for six patents already.
He treasures the moment when he received the national award from the former President of India, Dr. A. P. J Abdul Kalam in December 2008. He got his first national award when he was in his first year diploma for formulating an Herbal Mosquito Repellent, an effective substitute for chemical based repellents.
His project, Speed Breaker Based Power Generation also won the national award. The piezoelectric crystals used in the speed breakers are activated on compression or expansion of the synthetic speed breaker when a vehicle passes over it. 33 vehicles can produce about two hours of electricity. This project is installed in his home town to meet the electricity shortages and it got him his second national award at the University Grants Commission.
He visited SRM University to participate in the Indian Science Congress, 2010 as a diploma student. He won his third national award at SRM. The then Vice Chancellor, Prof. Satyanarayana spotted his vibrancy and asked if he would he interested in pursuing his education at SRM. Then he replied that it was his life time dream and then he was offered a seat along with fifty percent waiver.
He designed a 'Mobile controlling device for vehicles' to avoid accidents. It prevents a mobile subscriber from picking up or dialing calls while he/she is driving. The moment ignition is turned off, the mobile services resume. The subscriber will even get missed call alerts.
Mohan intends to persuade the vehicle manufacturers to use this technology that will debar drivers from attending calls while driving. The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) recognized Mohan's invention and conferred him the Best Innovator Award.
Mohan has started his organization, KVL Innovations and he aspires to bring about many innovations in his future. He is now currently working on a Dosa Vending machine, which could make 1500 dosas per hour. He participated in conferences and he had delivered guest lectures in five colleges - IIT Madras, Sri Ramachandra Medical University and Pollachi Mahalingam College of Engineering and Technology. News about this budding entrepreneur has been published in 180 newspapers, his achievements and innovations were covered in at least 30 television channels and five news channels.