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B.M.S College of Engineering, Bangalore, India / TU Delft, Netherlands / University College Dublin, Ireland.
Bachelor of Engineering (B.E), Master of Science (M.Sc)
I have never worked in an industry before, except for a 3 month compulsory internship in Technip, Netherlands during my masters.
Favourite thing to do in science: Ask as many questions as I can
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’s degree. Now I am in Dublin for 3.5 years to do my Ph.D. 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.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
optimistic, friendly and nerdy
Who is your favourite singer or band?
U2 and Poets of the fall
What's your favourite food?
I love Indian food
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I travelled alone to barcelona. That was the most fun experience I have had so far.
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to be a teacher.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
yes. I talked a lot in the last bench with my friends.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Maths and Chemistry
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
I designed a self-sustainable toilet for rural areas in India.
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
So many scientists, but most importantly my mom and dad, they never stop believing in me.
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
I always wanted to try my hand at acting