Times Ascent Engineering Mastermind



September 15th, 2012 was celebrated as Engineer’s Day to mark the birth anniversary of Sir M. Vishweshwaraiah, the most outstanding Indian Engineer. Vishweshwaraiah was the brain behind Hyderabad’s flood protection system and the construction of Krishna Raja Sagara dam in Mysore. His systems are in use till date. He was also honored with India’s highest honor-Bharat Ratna in 1955. To celebrate this day, all engineering professionals were invited to participate in the “Times Ascent Engineering Mastermind Challenge” presented by Larsen & Toubro. The national level quiz was held simultaneously in Bangalore and Delhi on September 15th. Mumbai witnessed the event being staged on September 16th. The top two teams from the zonal finals were given the opportunity to battle it out for the National Finals held in Mumbai on September 16th. So that made it two back to back quizzes in Mumbai- zonal+finals. As a quizzer, this would have been too much fun. What made the event more fascinating was the array of prizes on offer. The zonal winners were awarded with prizes such as ipad3 and Samsung Galaxy SII. If you thought this was the top draw for prizes, it does not end there. The National winners were treated to an exotic trip to Pattaya/Bangkok and had the privilege of being trained at the Mercedez Benz AMG Driving Academy at Buddh International Circuit. No engineering professional-even if he hates quizzing- could have passed such an opportunity.

The event witnessed a huge turnout of more than 100 teams in each of the 3 regions. The zonal rounds contained few questions catering to the local flavour. Thus in Bangalore prelims, there was a question on Sir M. Vishweshwaraiah that went answered by all the teams!! It also drew loud cheers from the crowd as they found it to be the simplest question. The prelims and the finals had an interesting mixture of dry questions and audio/videos too. The pressure on the teams was upped during the rapid fire round that was played on the buzzers with negative markings!!! Few teams took the risk and it paid off while others were not so lucky. TCS put up a commanding performance in the Bangalore zonals and they carried this momentum to Mumbai and ultimately took home the crown of National Winners- thus ensuring their flight tickets to Pattaya/Bangkok and a cool drive around the Buddh Circuit. It was a perfect end to what one could really call as “The Weekend of Engineers”- powered and engineered by QuizWorks.




Bangalore Round:-


What moves up to 4500 mph within a second when triggered, with a force of 200G, and is designed to explode at an impact speed of 19 mph?



“Liquid Engineering Crew” s a web based social community of auto enthusiasts which also doubles up as a rewards forum. Which company runs this program?



_________ is an intentional drop in voltage in an electrical power supply system used for load reduction in an emergency. Fill up the blank



Delhi Round:-


Which oil and lubricant company’s logo is titled “Orange Disc”?



Which company is the official engineering design services provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games?



Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematicapublished on July 5th, 1687, forms the foundation of classical mechanics. Name the author.



Mumbai Round:-


Which communication technology uses short-wavelength radio transmissions in the band width of 2400-2480 MHz?



What is described as the actual twisting force at the engine’s crankshaft and is measured in terms of pounds-feet?



The complexity of ‘this’ is said to rise by (n^2)/(log n) where n is the side of the polygon involved. What is the universal name of ‘this’?


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