Series 1- Women Achievers in STEM

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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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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The Great Indian woman scientist who will be sending humans in space: Dr. V R Lalithambika

–Dr. Aparna Deshpande V R Lalithambika – the lady for whom sky is no longer the limit but it’s the beginning of her aspirations. A renowned scientist working with the Indian space research organisation (ISRO), she has specialized in Advanced launcher technologies. At present she is designated as Distinguished Scientist, and Director, Directorate of Human …

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Kamala Sohonie: A Pioneer in the true sense

Pic Source: Wikipedia -Dr. Deepti Sidhaye When girls were mostly away from higher education and women were mostly confined to their homes, Kamala was the first Indian girl student to obtain Ph.D. degree in the discipline ‘Science’. Kamala was born in the academics- oriented Bhagvat family. Her father Narayanrao Bhagvat and her uncle Madhavrao …

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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.