Lise Meitner: a physicist who never lost her humanity.

-Dr. Rohini Kitture This article is about a courageous, determined woman physicist, one of the discoverers of artificial nuclear fission in 1938, overlooked by the Nobel judges that time. The racial, political conspiracies, gender inequality kept her away from immediate recognition she deserved; but the world could no longer ignore her pioneering & influential contributions …

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“Lilavati’s Daughter” : Prof. Rohini Godbole

–Dr Mukta Tathavadekar “Choose the field of research because it excites your imagination”- Prof. Rohini Godbole Prof. Rohini Godbole is an inspirational women scientist in the world of STEM. If you take a close look at her life journey, you’ll realize that she has shown an exemplary commitment and passion for the field of particle …

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Most effective desalination membrane works 1000 times faster than present technology

–Dr. Aparna Deshpande Most of the industrial equipment used for water desalination use carbon nanotubes-based filters. As freshwater resources are limited industrial scale saltwater purification technique plays a key role globally. As most of the manufacturing sectors need fresh water as a raw material, sea water desalination is practiced on a very large scale. The …

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Sustainable solution for smooth rush-hour traffic using new simulation techniques

Dr Aparna Deshpande How about foreseeing a day where your daily drive to work place is channelized in a way so that you don’t have to pull on a red light. In a recent study, researcher from MIT have developed a machine-learning approach which ensures a smooth flowing traffic of autonomous vehicles at signalized intersection. …

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Breakdown of PET plastic possible in few hours by an enzyme

Dr. Aparna Deshpande The rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products overwhelms the world’s ability to deal with them. Plastic pollution is most visible in developing Asian and African nations along with the developed world countries with low recycling rates. A team of researchers at Leipzig University have now discovered a highly efficient enzyme that degrades …

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Dr Neena Gupta – A Young Marvellous Mathematician

– Kshitija Athlekar When discussing women achievers in STEM, we can’t miss the young and intelligent mathematician Dr. Neena Gupta from the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Kolkata. Even in the 21st century, Mathematics is still considered out of the women’s league. A recent study revealed that a typical mathematician is viewed as an “old, white, …

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News never sleeps: Impact of robots

– Dr. Manasi Mahabal-Sardesai Have you ever heard who never sleeps? Yes….correct…robots!!! Now robot-technology has come up with a new role for them as Journalists, who could generate content 24/7 without getting tired. While human journalists focus on the valuable work that requires human insight, robot-journalists could generate information-based content. Do you know how the …

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Symbiotic combination of solar panels with farms & canals: The smart energy and water management

-Dr. Rohini Kitture The increasing global population accompanied with the increasing demand in energy, food, facilities, made the need for retaining and getting the maximum out of the existing inevitable. The scene of many farmers switching from conventional food farming to solar/energy farming, in the pursuit of higher return on investment, alarmed a bigger food …

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Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar

Dr. Mashelkar is only the third Indian engineer to have been elected (1998) as Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), London in the twentieth century. He was elected Foreign Associate of US National Academy of Science (2005) and also National Academy of Engineering (2003), Associate Foreign Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2011), Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, U.K. (1996), Foreign Fellow of Australian Technological Science and Engineering Academy (2008), Corresponding Member of Australian Academy of Sciences (2017), Fellow of World Academy of Arts & Science, USA (2000), Fellow of US National Academy of Inventors (2017), the first ever Indian from India to be elected and TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize (2018), which is the highest science award of The World Academy of Science.

In 2006, he received the ‘Star of Asia’ Award at the hands of former President of USA, George Bush (Sr). The President of India honoured Dr. Mashelkar with three of the highest civilian awards, namely Padmashri (1991), Padmabhushan (2000) and Padma Vibhushan (2014).

Prof. Satishchandra Ogale

Prof. Satishchandra B. Ogale has had a long 40 years of experience in higher education and research.  He has over 500 publications in international journals, three co-edited books with Springer, Wiley and Elsevier, and 10 granted US patents based on research done in India. 
He is a Reviewer as well as Advisory Board member of many high impact International Journals and is also a popular science writer in regional language marathi.
He has won many Awards, Prizes, and National and International recognitions. He has given numerous invited, plenary and keynote talks in National and International conferences and has supervised over 65 Ph.D. students. 
Prof. Ogale has been a Visiting Professor/ Scientist in many institutions in the USA and Europe on several occasions.

Anupama Engineer

She has previously worked as a Scientist at Agharkar research Institute and at higher management level at Thomas Baker Bioscience Private Limited. She has also taught graduate and post graduate students in Biotechnology & Microbiology during her tenure as a lecturer in Royal College, Mumbai and as a Counselor for IGNOU Biotechnology course. Anupama, is a multitasker with few roles like, entrepreneur, Scientist, manager, a doting mother and many more. Teaching and educating is her passion and she takes every effort to encourage fundamental learning. Anupama holds a vast experience in Start-up processes.

Dr Smita Chaturvedi
Smita is an experimental condensed matter physicist. The quest for multifunctional materials motivates her. Smita finished her PhD from RDVV Jabalpur and BARC Mumbai in the year 2002 and worked as a research associate in IIT Mumbai and Oakland University, Michigan. Smita was awarded as a Fulbright Nehru Academic and Professional excellence fellow in 2018-19. Smita holds more than a decade of research and teaching experience. She possesses good knowledge about education system and research opportunities in India as well as abroad. Music and gardening are her mindful meditations.
Dr. Priyadarshini Karve
Dr Priyadarshini Karve has worked in the areas of household energy, decentralised waste-to-fuel technologies, climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable and climate-ready urbanisation, etc. She runs her own social green enterprise Samuchit Enviro Tech in Pune, focused on enabling access to sustainable products and services. She is also a co-founder of OrjaBox, a startup promoting solar thermal technologies. Dr Karve is a Founder Member of Clean Energy Access Network (CLEAN - a multi-state society of decentralised renewable energy practitioners and entrepreneurs) and Cleaner Cooking Coalition (CCC - an international organisation focused on promoting user-centric cooking energy technologies that are good for health as well as climate). She is also the National Convener of Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change (INECC - focused on climate justice issues and working to bring people's voices in policy choices). Her work has been recognised by several national and international awards and honours.
Sanjay Khare
Sanjay Khare ,after his graduation in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 1986 has been associated with major Japanese & European Automotive OEMs in Indian Subcontinent for 35 years . Widely travelled across Europe & Asia , he has held positions across diverse functions of Automotive Corporations.
In his current role as Board Member and Vice President at Skoda Auto Volkswagen India , he is Chief Sustainability Catalyst to guide actions at Skoda Auto Volkswagen India along with the sister brands Audi, Porsche & Lamborghini.
He leads an active Climate Resilience program where the automotive major in India has already achieved Zero Waste to Landfill, Water Positive & Zero liquid Discharge Certification, Zero Accidents , targeting an 18.5 MW of installed Roof Top Solar plant at a single Automotive site in India in 2021 and fully Carbon Neutral Production by 2025.
Sanjay has done his Executive MBA from Management development Institute ,Gurgaon specialising in Strategy & Marketing . He has active interests in driving Cultural Change, Competency building , Human Motivation topics while adopting/ innovating the technological advancements and total quality revolution.He is also a Qualified Independent Director registered with Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India. An active speaker on Automotive & Sustainability topics on National & International forums.
In personal life, he is an Endurance Cyclist having participated in many adventure ride expeditions . He also spends his time in developing mastery on Indian Classical Music instrument Sitar.