Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date



15 pp.

Conference Name

2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 24-27, 2018


The article describes the outcome of activities to positively impact the careers of engineering graduates in India by engaging them in pico/nano/micro-satellite (PNMSat) engineering through a novel brainstorming pedagogy. The pedagogy, derived out of a systems engineering approach developed for the design and development of PNMSat/CubeSat missions, is used to teach a comprehensive course in PNMSat design engineering. The approach involves brainstorming the participants to conceive a PNMSat payload and teach the PNMSat bus design to accommodate the conceived payload. The approach and the comprehensive treatment of the material are the first of their kind in India in the field of small satellite design engineering. The article describes in detail the course contents, the novel approach and the results of the course assessments from three offerings – Summer 2015, Summer 2016 and Summer 2017. It presents the results of surveys conducted to assess the impact on the participants’ awareness in PNMSat engineering, motivation to pursue diverse careers and fulfilling livelihoods. It’s been observed that engineering institutions in India are keen to initiate a PNMSat program but have struggled to do so due to the lack of a systematic approach. The article provides an insight into addressing this problem and mobilizing a PNMSat program at an engineering institution in India.


© 2018 American Society for Engineering Education, ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 24-27, 2018.

Original Publication Citation

Asundi, S. (2018). A novel brainstorming pedagogy to mobilize pico/nano/micro-satellite (PN-MSat) engineering research and education in Indian academia. 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 24-27, 2018.