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Sumit Nair Bachelor of Design in Product Design Department Of Design Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT) Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Mechatronics specialization San Jose State University

Contact:, Phone: 510-717-4069


Design & Development of an Automatic TCM Wrist Pulse Meter Based on the cornerstone of the diagnostic methods used in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), a wrist pulse meter was designed to sense 17 pulse characteristics and present data to Chinese practitioners.

® TCM pulse diagnosis

After researching TCM, sensor was acquired and tested against required specifications.

Pulse measuring approach in TCM and the Flexiforce sensor defined the design constraints. Brainstorming lead to 2 distinct ‘basic structures’; of which one design direction was pursued

Concept Direction 1

Concept Direction 2



Design & Development of an Automatic TCM Wrist Pulse Meter

Insights gained from mock-up prototypes; hand covering to avoid sensor strain & eliminate body electrical noise but a glove wont fit all sizes.

The finger tip used PVC for rigid & flexible support. Margin of safety (determined through FEA) was 1.84, proving the design flexibility whereas results from pulse readings with the finger tip were observed on oscilloscope

Thus, the final proposed design had nitrile coated cloth with a Velcro strap to accommodate various hand sizes.


Work Experience

Handcrafted Texturing and Detailing for eco-friendly Furniture This project was carried out in Elephant Design Private Limited, Pune. The client was EDIDA AWARDS. The challenge was to make it competitive with existing products and still be ecofriendly. Texture and table tops were flexible for user to adjust as per his/her chioce.

The texture and detailing for the furniture were made in such a way so that the best possible method to manufacture them is with the help of hands. With the intention of encouraging the handicraft industry these constraints were built-in in coordination with the handicraft tailors. The final 3 options were selected after exploring various possibilities.


Work Experience

Retail Outlet & Interior Design for a telecommunication service provider With a foresight for accomodating the various kinds of layout and spaces varying from one retail outlet to the next the generic design had to be created. The design of the store should still be united under one umbrella of theme and look. The smooth flow of the customers and ease of navigation within the store needed to be maintained.

The theme had to follow the characteristics of the brand, namely excitement, technology and novelty in the communication service provided. The retail outlet was also an oppurtunity to create a standout experince which leaves a lasting impression in accordance with the brand. Project completed at EDPL, Pune for the client Aircel.


Work Experience

Exhibition Design for auto expo Striking a balance between aesthetics and budget, following the theme yet creating a distinct form for the project. The elements for the exhibition were designed.

Through a form which was simple to create yet had the elements of the exhibition to become a part of it, the products were designed. The detailing was followed through and the final model executed. This project was carried out in Elephant Design Private Limited, Pune. The client was Bajaj.



Sketching through Alias sketchpro and Photoshop to generate ideas and present them. The SUV was sketched as a part of a background poster. The display was a part of the exhibition for varroc at the Auto Expo 2008 held in Delhi. The look of the SUV needed to represent perfection and ruggedness in its design.

The skills developed in think3 were used in modeling and rendering products. The trophy for pune design festival was designed and rendered to be presented as a theme which reflects simplicity and accuracy as the guideline for the design festival. The model shows the trophy made from glass, steel and granite.





Product Design, Modeling and Simulation of Isotonic Energy Drink Can

A prototype of the bottle was made in RPT. The logo and label were also designed.

Incorporating the characteristics of energy in the form, the can was generated in 3D software model.



Homeless Multi-Utility Cart 3D-Design

Case study of the beggars of Guwahati followed by brainstorming for ideas for form with the attempt to create a form that follows function.



Homeless Multi-Utility Cart 3D-Design

Recumbent structure was preferred for final design of a cart which can be used to collect recyclables to provide an income, and serve as a shelter, for the homeless.

Recumbent Cycle 速



Design of a Wall Partition for Craft Industry The major challenge in this project was the use of locally abundant natural resources (coconut branches) to build a tangible product to promote small scale industries.

The beauty of form was redounded to come up with the product which is a wall partition



3D-Design and fabrication of Air-Propelled Shallow Water Boat

The final design considering for propellers and incorporating rescue boat features a scaled model of ratio 1:25 was made and details and intricacies figured out The spatial layout for the travel of eight travelers considering various human factors


Skills From making scaled models to form explorations to Software modeling to visualization drawing, skills were tenaciously developed.



Dynamic Finite Element Analysis of Prosthetic Leg for Amputee Runners The load that develops on the lower blade of a transtibial prosthetic with Cheetah Flex-Foot速 as a basis is analyzed through Finite Element Model

速 Oscar Pistorius

FE analysis for the carbon fiber blade of the flex foot for the various pressure points and stresses developing with the dynamic forces that act upon it


Graphic Design Designing of a Information brochure The Information Brochure for the department was designed to represent the department during IIT counseling. Ease of reproduction and modes of distributing were accounted as well.

Creation of an Animated Movie Clip An Animation Movie Clip of duration 2:13 was developed which was the humoures reenactment of a scene from the famous Hindi movie ‘Sholay’



Three Line - Icons

Icons were designed with a self-imposed constraint of using only 3 lines and 1 complex shading. Yin-Yang: Workings within Design & Engineering

On the field

Preplanning and foresight

Striking the balance

Learning/ Learnt

Each icon emphasizes a prime aspect of that project that governed the design and thus represents my understandings from it

Drafting and Project Detailing Management

3D Computer modelling

Manufacturing and production

In the Spotlight

Visual through the lens of the designer

Portfolio Sumit Nair  

Portfolio showcasing my Industrial Design work from my bachelors at IIT Guwahati, work-ex from Elephant Design, masters from San Jose State...

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