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Dr. Neelamani – A Humane Scientist

Surya & Shegufa Sunday, July 11, 2010
Dr. Neelamani – A Humane Scientist
When professional achievements catapult a person to fame and name, it becomes all the more necessary for such a person to have his feet firm on the ground and maintain a balance of attitude in life. Such persons are akin to rose flower which radiates its scent and its beauty in all directions for the beholder to appreciate it. When IIK met Dr. S. Neelamani a Senior Research Scientist in Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) to know more about his rare achievement, on being conferred upon the No. 1 Scientific Achievement award in KISR for the year 2009-2010, we found him very much so – down to earth, practical and purely humble at heart. This wonderful gentleman shared with us some literally touching moments in his life which the readers will just be enthralled to know. Just wait till you read his last response and we bet if a tear should not roll down your cheek.

IIK: You were adjudged for the Scientific Achievement Award and Ranked as No. 1 among the 20 awardees in KISR for the year 2009-2010. What would you attribute your success to?
Dr. N: Before going to into the details of the award, I wish to firstly place on record my sincere appreciation and offer my salutations to Dr. Naji Al-Mutairi, the Director General of Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, for his vision, unstinted support and for his encouragement to people who have real worth in their respective research fields, irrespective of country, religion, caste or creed. He is a thorough gentleman. But for Dr. Naji’s secular outlook and his benevolent nature, this kind of recognition could not have come for an expat. I thank him profusely.
My foundation for carrying out a quality research work was laid in IIT Madras where I was undergoing a training under Dr. V.S.Raju, a world renowned scientist in Soil Mechanics & Foundation Engineering. He taught me through his life style, work ethics and doing good quality work. Hence my success is much attributed to this wonderful gentleman.

IIK: What kind of a mind and attitude does a scientist need?

Dr. N: There are some gray areas in engineering which is left to the scientist to tackle and study. For example, in the case of Kuwait waters which are very shallow, a large ship to export oil has to be moored at least 25KM away from the shore. In order to lay a pipeline to transport oil to the ship, an engineer might say, bury the pipeline in the ocean bed to about 1 – 2 mts. For a scientist the depths 1mt and 2 mts makes a lot of difference. The scientist will study the effect of burying the pipeline at 1mt and at 2 mts from safety, functionality, maintenance and economic point of view and then comes out with a pragmatic solution to specify at what depth the pipeline should be buried for a 99.9% safe operation.

IIK: You have also been adjudged as the most popular teacher for many years in a row, while you were in IIT Madras. What qualities define a teacher and a researcher?

Dr. N: The primary aim of teaching is teaching which means basically guiding students patiently and knowing how to interact with them at their level and then bringing them up to a higher level of know-how through effective teaching methods is what a teacher should do. For a researcher, researching is primary. Doing consultancy and conducting training classes for students and juniors is a part of researcher’s job.

IIK: You have authored about 50 papers which were published in International journals of repute. Which of these papers attracted this prestigious award?

Dr. N: The Scientific Achievement Award by KISR is based on different criteria.
Points and weightage are given to
Single authored papers and multiple authored papers;
Number of projects from different sectors;
Number of projects completed within a year;
How many locals have been trained in a year.

Dr Neelamani receiving best scientist award from Minister of Education and Higher Education Minister Moudhi Al-Humoud

Any pioneering work that was carried out and is useful to the country at large. I have mooted an innovative idea on conversion of thermal difference between air and water to electric energy in Kuwait. In Indian Ocean, for example the waters are very deep and hence there is a temperature difference of 20 to 24 degree C between the surface layers of the sea and say at a depth of about 1 km in the sea. In Kuwait the waters are shallow and this thermal gradient doesn’t exist. But due to presence of desert and the sea I have taken a cue from my earlier work in India and pioneered this project of converting the air – sea water thermal difference into electricity. I have also published a paper along with my colleagues on this study mooting this idea.
Another pioneering work I have done with my colleagues in KISR is on the design waves in the 8000 Kuwaiti territorial waters. The maximum heights of the waves expected to reach in 50 or 100 years at many locations in the Kuwait territorial waters have been studied in detail. These information are used and will be used as design inputs for the construction of off-shore structures like bridges, oil drilling activities etc.

IIK: Is your work related to prediction of Tsunami?

Dr. N: A firm ‘No’. My work is much related to the gravity waves which occur in a frequency of seconds on time scale and these waves are caused by surface winds. Tsunami are causes due to entirely different reasons and their time scale is entirely different.

IIK: What would you say is unique or different about the Kuwaiti Marine environment?

Dr. N: The major difference is its salinity. For example in Indian Ocean the salinity of the sea water is about 30 to 32 parts per thousand whereas in Kuwaiti territorial waters the salinity is 38 to 40 parts per thousand. This difference is due to absence of any perennial river in Kuwait. This kind of salinity is actually bad for engineering off-shore structures. One major advantage in Kuwaiti territorial waters is the wave height is not very high and hence construction and maintenance of off-shore and coastal structures can be done almost throughout the year unlike in the Indian ocean.

IIK: Can sea wave energy be termed as an alternate energy source? Has it been put to use elsewhere in the world like the wind energy or solar energy?
Dr. N: As a Faculty member while at IIT Madras from 1990 to 2003, I was involved in the wave energy project. In that project I was involved in construction of 150 KW pilot plant in Vizinjam, South of Trivandrum which is being used even now for research purpose. In Kuwait I was associated with the work done on assessment of sea wave energy. Japan is a pioneer for converting the sea wave energy into electric energy, then come North & West European countries. I envisage in the next generation (about three decades from now) power of mega watts of energy will be produced from sea wave energy. So yes sea wave energy is an alternate source of energy in the near future.

IIK: What repercussions and changes to marine and wave motions do you envisage due to the recent mishap and environment disaster in the Gulf of Mexico?

Dr. N: It should be emphasized here that ocean waves and tides are oscillating type. They move b

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Manoj N J
Monday, May 30, 2016
We want more successful sotries like this. We all need to strive towards that success and make proud of our community. Thanks and congrats for your work Dr. Neelamani..

Joseph Panicker
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Dr. Neelmani is a proud to India.

Thanks to IIK for the great effort of bringing such great personalities


Joseph Panicker

Dr. Thayumanavan
Monday, September 12, 2011
Fine, hope the same from you.

Hope you are doing well and busy with your programmes. How is your life going on?

Sir, today I have seen your article in Times of India (Cbe Edn) about the Opportunities in Marine Sciences. Its very useful for the students. I am happy to see your article.

I have shown the same to my father also. He was also very happy and asked to convey his best regards to you. I have sent a mail to your address ([email protected]), but, it got bounced. Could you please let me know your correct id?

Kindly convey my best regards to all at home.


Sundarambal Palani
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Our hearty congratulations to you sir. May GOD bless you with more acheivements and good health.

Ashok kumar.v
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Hearty congrates for all your achievements. you are an ideal role model for the future generation. i've hardly seen anybody more simple and humble in the past 25 years and i try to follow your footsteps. God bless U neelamani.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Dr Neelamani..

I just had a chance to browse this site today and I am very proud to know that an Indian,especially a fellow Coimbatorean achieving this prestigious award. Again, you made our country proud when your name was mentioned after our presentations during Kuwait Lab Tech international Conference in SAS Hotel in Feb, 2011. You are a perfect example for inspiring youth to prove 'Muyarchi Thiruvinayakkum' and your life history reminds me of many similar stories in village schools who have reached 'from rags to riches' now.

When I first met you in Kuwait University in 2008 in Land Degradation Conference, you were so humble, simple and your potential talents were not visible. I congratulate you for all your research service to Kuwait, KISR and for conducting advanced training sessions for students and employees.

Thanks to IIK for bringing such Indian talents to public view!!

Sivakumar kannan ,Kuwait
Friday, January 7, 2011
My heary congratulation Dr.Neelami sir,for great achievements. We are very proud about this and all the best for him. God+ u lots.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Congratulations Neelamani Sir for your great achievement! How are you? This is Vadivu and Kannan from US, we were your neighbours in Germany, hope you remember us.Convey our love to Latha, Preethi and Hari.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I am very proud say that I have worked(little contribution for measurement) for his PH.D and OWC installation at near Trivandrum. We have taken training at DHI Denmark for about a month. I never see him in Angry face. I was supposed to work along with him at KISR by his invitation. Due to personal problem, I couldn't make it.

I plan to join with him in the nar fiuture(New Year 2011).

WE WISH HIM A GOOD LUCK in his career to contribute more to KISR, KUWAIT and the world.

Best regards and Wishes from M.Santhanam, IITM

Rashmi shiju
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
first of All congratulations to Dr.Neelamani.Your interview has inspired me a lot. As some of the initial struggles of mine also matched with yours. After reading this interview,My decision to come to kuwait and join my Husband has strengthen.An IITian and moreso an expat getting appreciation in Ku8 a Great Great achievement.Doctor you have made your village, country and everyone who came to your life at various phases proud.

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Conguratulations......... Sir

Friday, December 3, 2010
Dear Neelamani Sir Iam very much proud of you because I am also came from weavers family that to near to your village Sirumugai.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010
happened to log in iik and read art. Surprised in Kuwait such a qualified intellectual got recognition. Generally Kuwaitis do not care of of qualification and a qualified Indian intellectual will be wasting his career in Kuwait. Generally they do not have any idea about IITs etc and do not care. Egyptian Mohandis's are good enough for them - Mishref Sewage plant was run by an Egyptian Mohandis ??(and so I hear are the drinking water treatment plants ??) . Some Indians have become successful in Kuwait because they have articulated their PR and political skills and not because of intellect or qualification. If the ruling establishment could appreciate many such intellectuals, Kuwait would have been a great country to live in.

Monday, November 29, 2010
I am proud you.God will give continuesly.

Monday, November 22, 2010
Gulf countries or say Middle East is a heaven for the rejects.Those who failed to make money in their own country came here and make bucks.More over qualification & Experience is not a criterea here in Kuwait.We can hardly find an IIT Graduate or IIM Guy here in Q8.why? 'coz though they get a cushioned job they never get recognition.I heard about Dr.Neelamani's article regarding deep sea cabling.I wondered how a person of such calibre working in Q8.Instead they use to get migrated to Europe or US.whether scientist or doctor or engineer or common man money solve most of the problems in life. not social status.I remember the words of Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam.He is the real Indian.

Monday, November 15, 2010
I knew little bit when I have been playing volleyball (Kuwait) with you. But I have read your interview in this website IIK, what a great personality you are! You are an ideal role model for all of us. Indeed I realize after going through this interview I remembered a slogan delivered by Microsoft Corporation Chairman BILL GATES, " ?????? ???????? ???????? ????? ?????? ???? ????????????? " This award is a great achievement for your hardwork. I am really very proud of you. I pray god, "bless you and your family long live", to get many more miracles in your life.


ENGINEER, Planning Section

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sathesh kumar
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Congratulations to Dr.Neelamani for achieving such heights and you are an inspiration to all of us.

sathesh kumar
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Congratulations to Dr.Neelamani for achieving such heights and you are an inspiration to all of us.

Friday, November 12, 2010
''You are the Leader when you inspired others". Congratulations for your achievement, Contributions and being in.
Shan. Murugesan

Dr. Azad
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Hearty Congrats Dear Dr. Neelamani

We are proud of you and your achievements. I personally feel proud as a scoentofic collegue of yours in KISR..yes, we have been collaborating showing how keen you are even in Aquatic sciences and Fisheries.

I wish you many more glorifying Miles in KISR and Kuwait.

Sunday, October 3, 2010
Congragulations Doctor.

gopi krishnan
Monday, September 27, 2010
congratulation to DR.NEELAMANI for great achievements. We are very proud about this and

all the best for him.

Friday, September 24, 2010
Respected Professor,

How are you sir? How is Madam,Daughter and Son? Just now I remembered you sir when I was reading through your interview in the website of IIK(IndiansInKuwait).I knew little bit about you when I was working with you. But after going through this inteview I understand lot. I had a great opportinuity to work under you sir.bec you are great personality but down to earth.You are a ideal roll model for all us.Still I remember your words that you gave to me during my M.Tech Thesis work.This award is a great achievement for your hardwork life. I am really very proud of you sir Because I am also one among your student. I Pray God Almighty bless you long live and to get many more laurel in your life.

With wishes


Abraham saji
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Thanks to IIK for the detailed life history of Dr.Neelamani. Eventhough I had been a friend of him I didnot know the humble beginning he had. He is still the same person and let him be a role model for all Indians and other nationalities who work for Kuwaits progress.

bala muthukumaran
Saturday, September 4, 2010
congratulations IIK ! IIK brought out a great personality to our light.The article is highly inspiring and illuminating. thanks to my dear friend,Surya to do an excellent job. It is indeed a great motivational article for everyone.
Thanks to Dr.Neelamani for sharing his thoughts and ideas.Congratulations to Dr.Neelamani and his family.

Thursday, September 2, 2010
congratulations Dr.Neelamani.Thanks IIK for bringing such peoples to us

Thursday, September 2, 2010
Great Achievement and real inspiration for current generation children’s.

Once again congrats to Mr. Neelamani for his achievement.

Jose Kaitharath
Saturday, July 31, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010
First i would like to thank IIK for such a humane and scientific article about a noble tall Indian amidst us.Really he is a perfect example of how a sincere,sustained motivated hardwork can raise a man to such a great height amidst all hurdles and he is an ideal roll model for our youngsters to follow.I fully endorse the view that attitude&mentors more important than the institution.I wish we also follow his desire to help our needy worthy fellow countrymen to comeup in life and reach greater heights.

My heart felt Congratulations and best wishes to Dr.Neelamani and his family

Dr.M.Sukumar.& Dr.Ratna sukumar

sheena jacob
Thursday, July 29, 2010
congratulations Dr. You have made all people from sathy, proud. I am amazed to see your humbleness. Nirai Kudam Thullumbathu... it is true.

Keep it up.

May God Bless You

Santhosh G Krishnan
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Congratulations Dr. Neelamani!. I am proud to know a scientist like you personally. Your achivement keeps every Indian expat in Kuwait proud

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Congratulations Sir your modesty and your down to earth nature along with your sincere, passion and research mind had won this award. We are very proud about this And i am proud that i am from your place.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
God always raises the humble! God bless you Dr. Neelamani

Monday, July 19, 2010
Congratulations! Dr.Neelamani - we wish you further success - may your accomplishments further enhance life of all the living beings!

A word of appreciation for Mr.Surya prakash, who has perfectly blended both the scientific and social aspects of Dr.Neelamani during this course of the interview.

Santhosh Kumar
Monday, July 19, 2010
Congratulations Dr Neelamani on this great achievement. Good job by IIK and Mr.Suryaprakash . Dear Surya, please continue yourefforts.

Biju Antony
Monday, July 19, 2010
I congratulate Dr.Neelamani on his achievement. I also got the oppertunity to meet him personally for some scientific matters and found that he is a very humble and helping person.

Thursday, July 15, 2010
Iam really happy & i like Kongu Tamil people.
I thought he will Next G.D.Naidu

P. Rajeswara Kumar
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Congratulations to Dr. Neelamani on achiving the great height. Appreciations to IIK for such a beautiful and touching inter view. It is an enlightenment to both young and old.

Monday, July 12, 2010
Dr.Neelamani's article is useful to the youngesters in India. Dr.Neelamni's steps to be followed for better guidance and knowledge..

India should also have thousands of such Dr.Neelamani.

May god bless Dr.Neelamni and his family.

Tnaks to IIK for bringing such reports to the people.

G Selvam
Monday, July 12, 2010
Dear Sir,

It is great achivment - a motivation of settling back in village for service purpose.

Many current student/parents should note the point that you have studied in Govt School and college. It is not where you study- it is how you study...Perfect Example.

Thanks IIK to have such interview

Santhosh Patthros
Monday, July 12, 2010
Hearty congratulations sir! Your biography is a real motivation to thousands of learners in Kuwait! It would be more mind blowing if your lectures could be conducted in Indian schools and share your experiences with the school children! Thanks to IIK for the great effort of bringing such great person's profile! Keep it up! Santhosh

Chandra Sekaran
Monday, July 12, 2010
Congratulations Sir your modesty and your down to earth nature along with your sincere, passion and research mind had won this award. We are very proud about this

Dr. K. Kumar
Monday, July 12, 2010

My hearty congratulation to you sir to become as a best Scientist in KISR. It is a marvelous achievement and I am really very proud of you. God may bless you with many more laurels in your carriers and happy life.

Dr. K. Kumar

Public Authority of Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources

Sunday, July 11, 2010
His humble background and the heights to which he has raised himself by his hard work should serve as an example to every school going child in india.I am very much moved by this article.

I also take note of his appreciation of german work culture. That is why germany has the highest per capita income with least number of working hours.

Suresh S
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Kudos to the IIK team who reported this article. Highly motivating and inspiring. Congratulations to Dr.Neelamani for all his achievements and wish him many more success.

J Goyal
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Thanks to IIK for bringing such people to us!
congrates to Dr Neelamani!

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