SRM Alumni, Nikita Hari, who is pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering, has become the first University of Cambridge student and Indian citizen to make the Telegraph’s ‘Top 50 Women in Engineering’ list.
“It is a great honour for SRM University to see one of its own alumni being featured among the list of the UK’s top female stars of engineering, which is a aimed at encouraging them to become future leaders in the industry”, said Dr P Satyanarayanan, President , SRM University, on hearing of the honour bestowed on Nikita Hari. Nikita was also shortlisted as a ‘Forbes 30 under 30 UK Finalist’ and ‘Hult Prize Finalist’ in 2017.
An innovator and social reformist, Nikita is also committed to encouraging others, especially young women and girls to pursue their dreams. Her vision to uplift society through education and technology has led to co-founding two social tech start-ups: Wudi and Favalley.
Nikita was awarded the Nehru Trust Cambridge University Scholarship, Cambridge Department of Engineering Grant, FFWG Research Foundation Grant, Churchill College Grant, Snowdon Trust & Google Scholarship.
“My research work aims to explore a better way of converting 'electric power' using devices made of the novel material – 'Gallium Nitride' ,which have the potential to jump-start the next-generation of smaller, faster, denser, lighter, cheaper and hence, efficient power converters”, said Nikita in a recent communique to her alma mater. “This is an exciting time to be working in a transitional phase in power electronics and if successful these GaN power converters can pave way for a sustainable energy future by meeting the ever increasing energy demands of our times along with energy savings”, she went on to add.
Talking of her roots with SRM University, Nikita reminisces on the foundation she received at the University. “SRM is one of the best things that happened to me before Cambridge and it was the turning point of my life. This wonderful university gave me a great platform to engage, educate and network with brilliant people in my field, increasing exposure, opening up new avenues and motivating me to scale greater heights. Looking back, life at SRM was a beautiful dream that came true! “, she said.
SRM wishes this great scholar, consummate innovator and researcher, to scale even greater heights in the years to come!