Nikhil Sirdesai completed his Integrated Dual Degree (BTech & MTech) in Mining Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, with specialization in Rock Mechanics. ‘Design of Roof Support System for Underground Mines’ was the topic of his MTech Project. After his graduation, he joined Monnet Ispat and Energy Limited as a Management Technical Trainee (Mining) at its underground coal mines situated in Raigarh. Due to his work and background in research, he had an inclination towards research and a PhD degree. At IITB-Monash Research Academy, he will be working on a Project titled ‘Numerical and Experimental Study of Rocks under Very High Temperature Conditions: Underground Coal Gasification’ under the guidance of Dr. T.N. Singh (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Ranjith Pathegama (Monash University). His co-curricular achievements include receiving the ‘Dr. Homi Bhabha Young Scientist’ award twice, winning various mathematics talent searches and winning quizzes and debates. His hobbies include cooking, trekking and reading spiritual books and scriptures.
Link to student’s project: IMURA0200