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Tell us how did you end up in such an offbeat, interesting and unusual career?
During my middle schooling, I listened to an English lecture about Kalpana Chawla, the great astronaut of Indian origin and her struggle to become an astronaut. I was so much inspired by that. But I found that there was a slight difference between me and Kalpana. She wanted to fly. I wanted to make something that will. The seed of my passion for Aerospace Engineering germinated there.
What did you study?
In 2011, I took up Mechanical Engineering as my undergraduate major at Coimbatore Institute of Technology, India, so that it could be a better foundation for continuing my masters in Aerospace Engineering. Courses like Manufacturing Technology, Engineering Materials, Metallurgy, Metal forming and Material Testing, Foundry and Welding Technology drove me further towards the field of Materials and Manufacturing. With a successful final year project on composites, I graduated in 2015, and joined my master’s program at TU Delft under the Structures and Materials track. With my interests aligning perfectly with the framework of Novel Materials Group, I thoroughly enjoyed the courses such as Advanced Alloys, Functional Coatings, Polymer Science, Sensor materials, and Materials Characterisation.
What did you do after your Master’s?
After finishing all the theory courses, I went on to do an internship at Thermoplastic Composites Research Center (TPRC) in Enschede, Netherlands for a period of 5 months, where my work is focused on Thermal Degradation Analysis of Carbon-PEKK (Poly-ether Ether Ketone) composite.