Ashish Sharma


Ashish Sharma
I completed my B.Sc-Physics from IGNOU, New Delhi and masters in Physics from Dept. of Physics, University of Pune, Pune, India with specialization in Lasers in December-2015. I carried out my masters project on Synthesis and Characterization of TiO2 Nanoparticles by Sol-Gel Method and Pulsed Laser Ablation in Liquid. I also worked on a short-term project in nanoscience dealing with “Radial growth of silver nanowires on colloidal template of silica” at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune, India under the supervision of Dr. Sulabha Kulkarni. My research interest is in lasers, nanomaterials, metamaterials, smart materials, photonics. I will be joining the IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project, “Patterning of Photoresponsive Smart Materials” under the guidance of Prof. Shobha Shukla(IITB) and Prof. Rico Tabor(Monash University). Apart from academic work, I love to spend time on reading and enjoying instrumental trance music. My major reading interests are cosmology, particle physics, technological developments in different areas of science, metaphysics, theories on existence. I love to travel to natural and pristine locations.

Link to student’s project: IMURA0667

Amit Jena


Amit Jena

Amit completed his Integrated M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics from Central University of Jharkhand in 2009-2014. Post this he completed M.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from IIIT Bhubaneswar in 2015-17. As part of his master’s thesis he worked on Query Optimization for Hindi-English Code-Mixed query. To demonstrate his thesis work, he developed a semantic Desktop Search application which accepts Code-Mixed query and also takes into consideration user’s intention while searching. His work has been published in IEEE Xplore and Scopus indexed journal. Apart from academics, he is associated with various social initiatives. To name a few, I Lead India Youth Brigade: An initiative of ToI and Maruti Suzuki and UNNAYAN: An Educational Social Responsibility of CUJ. Nature and its beautiful creations always fascinates him. He goes out for trekking to the wild and tries out local cuisines wherever he go. He maintains a blog of his own where he shares his experiences from trekking and local food and ideas related to education and social issues.


Link to student’s project: ID00729


Anirudh Tagat


 

Anirudh Tagat holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick and completed his undergraduate education in economics and statistics from Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai. At the IITB-Monash Research Academy, he is working on an econometric model to estimate the demand for cash, as well as study the life of currency notes in India. Previously, Anirudh was Research Author at the Department of Economics at Monk Prayogshala, a not-for-profit academic research organization based in Mumbai, India, where he led research projects in the fields of behavioural and experimental economics. He has also consulted with the World Resources Institute (WRI) India and Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). His other research interests include cross-cultural differences in decision-making, intra-household bargaining, and experimental economics.
Link to student’s project: HSS0731


Anusha Gavankar


Anusha Gavankar
Anusha completed her B.A. in Economics at Sophia College (University of Mumbai) in 2001 and then a Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Communication Media at the Sophia Polytechnic (Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education) in 2002. In 2015, Anusha received her M.A. degree in Sociology at the University of Mumbai. She also holds a number of postgraduate diplomas: Diploma in Comparative Mythology (2014), Advanced Diploma in Comparative Mythology (2015), Diploma in Sanskrit (2017) and has completed the Certificate Course on Bhakti Literature (2017), all from the Department of Sanskrit, University of Mumbai. In 2015, she wrote a thesis on ‘Shirdi Sai Baba: Understanding the socio-cultural, political and mythical aspects of a phenomenal devotion movement’. She has been a Visiting Faculty Member and Course Coordinator for the courses on Comparative Mythology at the University of Mumbai and has presented research papers at the International Association for Comparative Mythology, Harvard University, for two consecutive years.
Since March 2015, Anusha has been working closely with Professor Emerita Marika Vicziany (Monash University) on the Koli villages of Mumbai. As a member of Professor Vicziany’s team, Anusha has been studying how Koli religious beliefs and practices are changing in response to the reconfiguration of Mumbai’s urban and ecological environment. A forthcoming paper on the ‘People of The Water: The Sat Asaras (Seven Water Spirits), The Kolis and Mumbai’s Development’ involves Anusha as the co-author after Professor Vicziany and Dr. Jayant Bapat, both from Monash University in Melbourne. This background inspired Anusha to apply to the Ph.D. program at the IITB-Monash Research Academy to work on the project called – ‘Lives, Livelihoods and Aspirations of the Kolis in Mumbai: Urban Transformation, Space, Habitat and Coastal Contestations’. She looks forward to working on this project under the supervision of Professor D. Parthasarathy (IIT Bombay), Dr. Samanthi Gunawardana (Monash University) and Professor Emerita Marika Vicziany (Monash University).
Link to student’s project: HSS0707a

Dhairya R. Vyas


Dhairya R. Vyas

Dhairya R. Vyas is a Ph.D. student at IITB-Monash research academy, where he is analyzing the methodology to model wear in industrial multi-phase flow applications under the guidance of Prof. Devang Khakkar (IIT-Bombay), Prof. Murray Rudman (Monash University), Dr. Sharen Cummins (CSIRO) and Dr. Gary Delaney (CSIRO). He has obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (2015) in mechanical from the G. H. Patel College of Engineering and Technology followed by his Master of Technology (2017) in thermal science from the National Institute of Technology, Calicut.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0724


Kailash Tandel


Kailash Tandel

Kailash Tandel completed his BA in Sociology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai in 2007. Two years later, he completed his Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and then went on to complete his MPhil from the same institution in 2016. While studying for his MPhil, he also worked as a coordinator at the M K Tata Learning Centre for the Visually Challenged at TISS between 2010 and 2014. During this period, he also enrolled for a degree in law at the Government Law College, Mumbai and successfully completed two years of the three-year course. During his MSW, he undertook research on his own community, the Kolis of Mumbai, in a project titled ‘Globalisation and its impact on the fishing community in South Mumbai (Colaba)’. One of the outcomes of his MSW research was that he was able to design and run personality development classes for the youth at the Machchimar Nagar fishing community, Mumbai, which enabled these youth to continue with their education and seek attractive alternate careers as well. While studying for his MPhil, Kailash continued his research on the Koli community, this time from a theoretical perspective, and published a paper titled “Reflection of contemporary geopolitics — special reference to eminent domain in the Koli community”. His research during MSW and MPhil motivated him to continue research in the same field at the IITB-Monash Research Academy, and his broad research project for his PhD programme at the Academy is titled, ‘Lives, livelihoods and aspirations of the Kolis in Mumbai: urban transformation, space, habitat, and coastal contestations’ under the guidance of Prof. Dharma Arunachalam, Prof. Marika Vicziany, and Prof. D. Parthasarathy.


Link to student’s project: HSS0707b


Mashrur Imtiaz


Mashrur Imtiaz

Mashrur Imtiaz completed his Bachelor and Masters degree in Linguistics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. At 2013, he joined as a faculty member at the same department. He also worked as a Research Fellow for the ‘Ethno-Linguistic Survey of Bangladesh’ by International Mother Language Institute (IMLI), which is a UNESCO category II research institute. He is keen researcher in diverse aspects of Language and Linguistics. He has numbers of publication on language situation, language technology, language disorders etc. Besides these, he has written numerous articles about different aspects of Linguistics on the web. His area of interest includes phonetics, syntax, applied linguistics, culture & ethnicity, language technology and field linguistics. Hereafter, he will be pursuing research under Prof. Vaijayanthi Sarma (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Alice Gaby (Monash University); the main concentration of this research would be documentation of the endangered languages of South Asia. He is actively involved in voluntary social works and youth management activities. He is also as an online activist in different contemporary issues regarding in Bangladesh.


Link to student’s project: HSS0705


Subhadra Dasgupta


Subhadra Dasgupta
Subhadra completed her B.Sc. with honours in Mathematics from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and M.Sc. in Mathematics from IIT Bombay. She received Institute Silver Medal at IIT Bombay for securing first rank in her class. She worked in industry for about three years in different data analytics and statistical modelling roles. She joined Phd programme at IITB-Monash academy to pursue further studies in Statistics and Mathematics.
She is pursuing PhD in ‘Designs for spatial and temporo-spatial models’ under guidance of Prof. Siuli Mukhopadhyay (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Jonathan M Keith (Monash University).
Apart from studies she pursues swimming, yoga, painting and singing.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0467

Sukanya Dikshit


Sukanya Dikshit

Sukanya Dikshit has completed her B.Sc. degree from SBSPGI, Dehradun (under HNB Garhwal university) with biotechnology, botany, zoology and chemistry as the major disciplines in 2015 . She was the third overall topper at undergraduate level in her college. Later, she received her M.Sc degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee in 2017 with a specialization in Biotechnology. She has qualified GATE in 2017. Her M.Sc. Dissertation topic was “Optimization of polyhydroxyalkanoate production in bacteria and charecterization of the enzyme involved in PHA synthesis”. Sukanya has joined the IITB- Monash Research Academy to work on the project, ”Probing structure and recognition dynamics of proteins from SCF complex ubiquitin ligase”, under the guidance of Prof. Ashutosh Kumar (IIT Bombay) and Prof. Santosh Panjikar (Monash University).


Link to student’s project: IMURA0728


Sumit Kumar Maurya


Sumit Kumar Maurya

Sumit is a Graduate in Metallurgical Engineering from NIT Raipur (2014) and has a Masters degree in Materials Science & Engineering from IIT Kanpur (2016). He has good hands on experience in different computing tools like Rough Set, Fuzzy Set, and Genetic Algorithm. As a part of his M.Tech dissertation, he has worked on an interdisciplinary project entitled “Computational study on thermal transport properties of solids using molecular dynamic simulation.” where he investigated the effect of temperature and thickness on lattice thermal conductivity of a model solid, with atoms interacting via Lennard-Jones potential. Sumit has uncovered the connection between phonon lifetime and lattice thermal conductivity. He has worked as a Project Engineer on a DST sponsored project for a month in Materials Science & Engineering Department, IIT Kanpur. In July 2016, he joined Sterlite Technologies Ltd. as Associate Manager (R&D) and contributed for almost a year under the umbrella of New Product Development team. In his short tenure at Sterlite, he has done multiple engineering changes and submitted two patents which are being reviewed internally. His insightful fractographic analysis and other contributions developed a reliable and repeatable draw process leading to yield improvement. Having desirable knowledge, experience, skills, and being an avid learner he decided to pursue his core research interest and joined IITB-Monash Research Academy as a research scholar. At present, he is working with Prof Alankar Alankar (IITB) and Prof. Jian-Feng Nie (Monash) on the project entitled “Understanding the mechanical behavior of Al-Ti nanolayered metal composites.” He has a strong research orientation in the field of materials modeling, simulation, physical metallurgy, mechanical metallurgy, robotics, automation, scripting, programming. He is a voracious novel reader and an ardent poet.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0685