B.M.S College of Engineering, India/TU Delft, Netherlands/ University College Dublin, Ireland
Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical Engineering/ Master of Science, Chemical engineering
Research Assistant, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/ Process Engineering Trainee, Technip/ Tutor for Advanced A level, Dublin tutorial centre
Ph.D. student at University College Dublin
Favourite thing to do in engineering: Finding newer problems to solve
About Me: I am an optimistic (sometimes annoyingly optimistic), a cheerful person passionate about finding answers to the simple questions in life. Even in my free time, I keep wondering, why is the leaf green, what makes humans laugh?
I consider myself a globe trotter. Growing up in India I moved to 4 cities and 5 schools. Then I came to The Netherlands to pursue my Masters’ degree. Now I am in Dublin for 3.5 years to do my PhD. Living in different cities and traveling has taught me to be humble, kind, and grounded. These are life lessons I think everyone needs to experience at least once in their life.
My family consists of my mom and dad, an elder sister and a twin sister. Yes! I am a twin. We do look identical though we are biologically non-identical twins. The best part about having a twin is that you ave a best friend for life.
Apart from being an aspiring scientist I also hope to be an excellent communicator like Neil deGrasse Tyson.
My Work: I investigate how we can make our energy source and use cleaner and greener.
Imagine walking home on a calm and cloudy day after school, then noticing that the TV doesn’t work anymore because there is no electricity. In the future, as we become more and more reliant on wind, and solar energy, we need to find ways to cope with this unreliability.
Natural gas that we use for heating and power generation can be still used in a green way to meet future energy demands.
Natural gas is a low carbon-emitting and immediate source of energy which means that while we are transitioning out of fossil fuels, they could still be a primary source of energy. The nature of the use of natural gas, however, will be different from what it is today. My research investigates how different the end use of gas will look in a decarbonized future.
My Typical Day: Being a scientist, a big advantage is that no two days are alike. Every day could be different and challenging. I usually try to get to the university around 9 AM. I write my thesis /paper for about 2 hours in the morning. Then I attend any meetings I may have. Most of the day I am in front of the computer developing models to simulate how the future of gas use would look like. This is of course filled with many coffee breaks and lunch with my friends. In the evening set aside about 2 hours to do some physical activity. This not only helps me feel active and physically fit, but it also prevents me from feeling too lethargic.
What I'd do with the money: Use it as seed money for a science YouTube channel. I have already given a few talks about my thesis, you can find them here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfqD3tUp5rU&t=19s
It is my passion to communicate scientific concepts to people who are not well-versed with the discipline. What makes science so interesting is that it deconstructs complex theories and hence helps us understand the way the universe works. Essentially science is a boulder, and scientists use tools (scientific methods) to break the boulder into tiny little rocks.
Often in schools or colleges, there isn’t enough time to explain the concepts in detail or with enough visualization. With my YouTube channel, I hope to reach a vast number of people that can understand their science in a deep and simple manner.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
optimistic, friendly and nerdy
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Focussed on self awareness and followed my heart more than my mind
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
So many scientists, but most importantly my mom and dad, they never stop believing in me.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Mathematics and Chemistry
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, I was always chatting away with my friends in the back bench
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A life on the stage.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Poets of the fall
What's your favourite food?
Indian cuisine, I love my samosas
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Travel alone. It is so much fun and fulfilling.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be famous, to have all my loved ones with me all the time, and ... world peace