Richa Prajapati


Richa Prajapati

She completed her Bachelors in Electrical and Electronics engineering from ABES Engineering College Noida. During her studies she found remote sensing as the flourishing and interesting field. She joined Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, ISRO; to pursue M.Tech in Remote Sensing and GIS with specialization in Satellite Image Analysis and Phtogrammetry. During her Masters she attended and presented her work at International and National conferences and published two conference papers. Her work comprised of study about Impact of interferometric wavenumber on PolInSAR inversion of space-borne SAR data. After completion of her Masters she joined Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment, DRDO, Chandigarh as Research Fellow and worked on glacier feature extraction using optical and microwave remote sensing data. A part of her work got published in Earth Science journal. To explore new areas and further hone her interest in the field of agriculture, she started working as Research Associate at Indian Agricultural Research Institute. Her work focused on soil moisture mapping from near surface measurements for supporting agro- advisories in rain-fed agriculture. Her work was presented and published at two international conferences held by International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. At IITB-Monash Research Academy she would be working under the guidance of Dr. J. Indu (IITB) and Dr. Jeff walker (Monash University) on ‘Assimilation of SMOS and SMAP soil moisture and brightness temperature into a land surface model.’ Her interests include leisure travelling, dancing, cooking and likes to be an epicure.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0777


Sarika Joshi


Sarika Joshi

Sarika Joshi majored in physics, chemistry and maths for BSc at Govindram Seksaria Science College, Belgaum. Subsequently she studied MSc in Nanoscience and technology at Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She has worked on Purification and applications of Single-walled carbon nanotubes. A part of this work is published as “An Efficient Method to Completely Remove Catalyst Particles from HiPCO Single Walled Carbon Nanotubes” Her master’s thesis was titled, “Fabrication and comparison of MWCNT and Graphene-based composite membranes in terms of water purification efficiency”. She has received first prize at poster presentation in ThinkNano-2017 conference held at Centre for Nanoscience and Engineering, IIsc Bangalore. She enjoys dramatics and reading and fervently develops playlists for all moods. She is passionate about science communication and believes in converging her love of expression and science through it.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0811


Sania Mariam


Sania Mariam

Sania Mariam pursued History from Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University. Thereafter she post- graduated in Social Work, specializing in Criminology & Justice from Tata Institute of Social Sciences,Mumbai. She has extensively worked on citizenship and rights based issues of minority women and the Indian juvenile Justice System during the course of her fieldwork. Her Master’s research thesis is an exploratory study on Alternative Dispute Resolution Processes and bodies. She is a recipient of NET-JRF scholarship. After post graduation, she has worked with a policy think tank, engaging with policy-makers, elected representatives, civil society organisations to foster a data driven people-centric public policy framework in the state of Jharkhand. Currently she is working on the project titled ” Representative democracy in India: The making, breaking and fulfillment of campaign promises” as a part of IITB-Monash joint PhD programme . Her interest includes Politics, Religious Studies and Slam poetry.


Link to student’s project: HSS0763


Prasanth Kannan


Prasanth Kannan

Mr.Prashanth Kannan obtained his Erasmus Mundus masters degree in Bionanotechnology from KU Leuven, Belgium in 2017 and Bachelors in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from SRM University, Chennai in 2014. He has worked for 8 months on supercapacitors as a research assistant at Jeju National University, South Korea prior to joining IITB-Monash. His areas of interest include energy devices, biofuel cells and biosensors. He also enjoys playing tennis, writing and blogging.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0644


Pankaj Chetry


Pankaj Chetry

Pankaj Chetry has completed his B.Tech in Instrumentation Engineering from Central Institute of Technology Kokrajhar in June 2015, during which he went for industrial training at North-East Coal Field Margareta, Cement Corporation of India Limited Bokajan and MSME Kolkata, which helped him in bridging the gap between his coursework theories and their practical implementations. He completed his M.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from IIT(ISM) Dhanbad in June 2018. During M.Tech he worked on Bandgap analysis of 2D photonic crystal and effect of deformation on it. He developed a keen interest in research during M.Tech and wanted to pursue a career in this field. He joined as a Ph.D. scholar at IIT-B Monash Research Academy in July 2019 under the guidance of Prof. Jordan Nash (Monash University), Prof. Pradeep Sarin (IIT Bombay), and Prof. Ulrik Edege (Monash University). He will start his research on project titled “Development of wide bandgap semiconductor materials as novel protons monitors for comet experiment at J-PARC”. Apart from academics, he enjoys physical activities like swimming, running, boxing, and practicing yoga.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0840


Manorath Prasad


Manorath Prasad

Manorath hails from Bihar and has grown up in a small town of Jharkhand. From a young age, he showed much interest in the field of science and technology. Despite being born in a middle class family, his parents and sisters showed him a dream of acquiring knowledge from the best institution in the country. He prepared for IIT-JEE under the guidance of Shri Anand Kumar, a renowned mathematician and the founder of Super 30 program. Manorath completed his BTech in Electrical Engineering at IIT Ropar and MTech in Power Systems at IIT Delhi. During his Btech, he worked under the supervision of Dr. Ranjana Sodhi, IIT Ropar, to implement a labscale Synchrophasor model and applications. His MTech thesis was on the topic: “Proportional Load Sharing with Improved Voltage Regulation in DC Microgrid”. This was guided by Prof. (Dr.) Sukumar Mishra, IIT Delhi. His craving for knowledge has brought him to the exciting area of Clean Energy. During his tenure at IITB-Monash Research Academy, Manorath will be researching the role of Synchrophasor technology in power system control. His project is titled “Intelligent control and operation of large scale renewable energy integrated power system using Synchrophasor measurement system”. He will be guided by Dr.Zakir Hussain Rather and Dr. Suryanarayana Doolla from IIT Bombay as well as by Dr.Reza Razzaghi from Monash University. Apart from research, he endeavors upon photography. Also, he likes socializing.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0847


Neetu Singh


Neetu Singh

Neetu has completed her B tech in Civil Engineering from NIT Raipur. Thereafter, she joined IIT Delhi for Mtech in Water Resources Engineering. Her dissertation work was on the topic “SWMM Modelling for Urban Flood Management”. After M tech she worked for 3 years as Assistant Professor in JSS Academy Technical Education, Noida. She is currently pursuing the IITB-Monash joint PhD programme on the topic of “Remote sensing assessment of groundwater depletion in India” under the supervision of Prof. Pennan Chinnasamy (IITB) and Prof. Sina Alaghmand (Monash). In her free time, she likes to watch movies and listening music.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0837


Namrata Gupta


Namrata Gupta

I completed by BT- MT dual degree program from IITK in 2016. I did my thesis on flight dynamics and control of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. I have industry experience of almost 3 yrs in Eaton India Innovation center, Pune. I have worked multiple types of problems including CFD and structural mechanics analysis at Eaton. I have been selected in IITB Monash academy PhD program in December 2018 and enrolled in July 2019. My research topic is “Impact and Implication of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles” under the guidance of Dr. Gopal Patil (IITB) and Dr. Hai L Vu (Monash). I am passionate about reading historical fiction. I also enjoy badminton and traveling.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0737


Kamlika Gupta


Kamlika Gupta

Kamlika Gupta completed her Bachelors (with Honors) in Zoology from SGTB Khalsa College, University of Delhi in 2015 and Masters in Environmental Science from TERI University, New Delhi in 2017. She has been involved in various research projects throughout her academic career, and was part of the winning team in Antardhwani 2015 (DU Annual Technical Fest), bagging Best Innovation Award. She carried out her Master’s dissertation at the National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee and worked on designing an IWRM based development plan for three watersheds of Bundelkhand, India. After her post-graduation, she joined the industry and worked under Swacch-Survekshan 2018, Asia’s biggest urban sanitation survey and carried out solid and liquid waste management audits in some of India’s biggest Urban Local Bodies. Thereafter, she joined the ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute in 2018 and focused on reducing GHG emissions from agriculture, enhancing water security and improving agricultural waste management by using conservation agriculture as a mitigation strategy for climate change. At the IITB-Monash Research Academy, she is pursuing her Ph.D. under the guidance of Prof. Harish Phuleria (IITB), Prof. Victor Chang (Monash University) and Prof. Mohan Yellishetty (Monash University) on diesel particulate emission in open cast mines: exposure characterization and risk assessment. She has been the recipient of Best All Rounder Award in Life Sciences during Bachelors, has qualified UGC-NET JRF in Environmental Sciences and IELTS. When she’s not out in the field or in the lab, she indulges in reading, writes poetry and enjoys hiking and trekking in the great outdoors.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0773


Jignesh Nakrani


Jignesh Nakrani

Jignesh Nakrani received B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Charotar University of Science and Technology, Gujarat, in 2014, M.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering (Design Engineering) from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, in 2017. During his Master’s degree, he spent five months at John F. Welch Technology Center (General Electric, Bangalore), where he carried out his project on “Experimental and Numerical Studies of Dry Abrasion Wear.” After completing masters, he worked as a Subject Matter Expert at ACE Engineering Academy, Hyderabad for one and a half year. Before starting his Ph.D., he has worked as a Junior Research Fellow for six months in the field of high-temperature static seal design for the gas turbine applications at IIT Bombay. His research interests include numerical modeling, computational mechanics, thermal distortion, residual stress, composition change, and smart manufacturing. He will further carry his research work in IITB Monash Research Academy under the guidance of Dr. Amber Shrivastava (IIT Bombay) and Dr. Wenyi Yan (Monash University Australia). His project is titled “Experimental and Numerical Analysis of Fatigue Characteristics of Dissimilar Joints,” wherein he aims to predict the fatigue characteristics of the joint with respect to joining process parameters.


Link to student’s project: IMURA0831