JNT Alumni 2011 - 2014
Mr. Ashok Benjamin Basil (2011) completed Master’s degree in Engineering Science specialising in Naval Architecture, from the University of New Orleans, U.S.A. In the spring of 2012 he worked on the miniaturisation of a U.S. Navy ship model for manufacture on a 3 D printer. His model test was published in the transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects Ice Class conference in 2012. In 2013 he was selected as the David O’ Neil Scholar for the Study of Ice – capable vessels and offshore sanctuaries by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).
Dr. (Ms.) Disha Sharma (2011) completed a M.Sc. degree in Wild Animal Health at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, U.K. Her work at the zoo in Jersey exposed her to handling techniques and treatment of marine life and avian, reptilian and mammalian species. She returned to India in September 2013 and has been working as a Veterinary Officer with the Turtle Survival Alliance – India (TSA).
Mr. Chaitanya Kulkarni (2011) completed Ph.D. in Medicinal and Natural Products at the University of Iowa, U.S.A, where he was awarded the Centre for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing (CBB) Fellowship and a Graduate Assistantship. He has also received a special grant to attend the Gordon Medicinal Chemistry Conference scheduled to be held in New Hampshire in August 2015.
Ms. Ria Sen (2011) completed M.Sc. degree in Media, Communication and Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science, U.K. She then underwent a traineeship in Brussels, Belgium with the European Union where she was working with the European Research Council. She was then appointed as the South East Asia Programme Assistant with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which is an International Environmental and Sustainable Development Organisation. She is presently working as a Consultant in Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) at the Regional Headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.
Mr.Sriram Emani (2011) completed M.B.A. degree at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Cambridge, U.S.A. In November 2011, Sriram launched a start – up IndianRaga through which he hopes to make career choices more convenient for aspiring Indian classical musicians. IndianRaga is an MIT – based student led venture to infuse technology and innovation to Indian classical arts and music and support upcoming artists. Sriram was selected for the Sloan Board Fellows Programme through which he worked with the Citi Performing Arts Centre. He has also received the first ever Tata Fellowship at MIT at the newly instituted Tata Centre for Technology and Design.
Ms. Farhana Sakloth (2011) completed Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science with a specialisation in Medicinal Chemistry at the Virginia Commonwealth University, U.S.A, with full funding. Farhana’s scholastic excellence has been recognised with the Award of a Phi Kappa Phi scholarship by the Virginia Commonwealth University chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in April 2013.
Mr. Archit Navandar (2011) completed M.Sc. degree in Physical Activity and Sport from the Technical University of Madrid, Spain in 2012, specialising in sports biomechanics. He appointed a Researcher for the International Paralympic Committee during the Paralympic Games, 2012 in their swimming component. He was part of an international team conducting research on a project focusing on “Race analysis and passive drag analysis of paralympic swimmers”. Archit is presetly pursuing Ph.D. degree at the Technical University Madrid in Spain.
Ms.Tanvi Joshi (2011) is pursuing Ph.D. degree in Mathematics at the University of Nottingham, U.K. She made a presentation on her original research titled “PDE approximations to multiscale models for vascular tumour growth “at the Centre for Mathematical Medicine and Biology conference in September 2012. Her co-authored paper titled “On – lattice agent – based simulation of population of cells within the open – source chaste framework” was published in Interface Focus in February 2013. She has also been awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship for Research Excellence (International) for the duration of her doctoral studies.
Mr. Vivek Shastry Subramanya (2012) completed MS degree in Sustainable Design, Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A, where he received the ASHRAE Student Branch Scholarship from the American Society for Heating Refrigeration and Air - Conditioning Engineers for his contribution to the Austin chapter as its Secretary. The School of Architecture of the University has awarded him the Joy and Morin Scott / Sally and John Byram Graduate Fellowship for 2014 – 2015 in recognition of his academic excellence and contribution to the school. The topic of his graduate thesis is the “National Solar Policy in India” which he will be submitting shortly.
Mr. Charag Krishnan (2012) completed M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, U.S.A. In November 2013 he won the C.K. Prahalad Social Impact Case Competition at the Ross Business School of the University of Michigan, U.S.A. for his business plan for developing maternal health kits in rural India and Africa. Between August 2013 and March 2014 he conceived and initiated a partnership between UNICEF and Kellogg to create internship opportunities for students and academic collaboration. He also co - authored a marketing Case Study with the renowned Kellogg Professor, Julie Hennessy about his work with ‘Teach for India’. He was placed on the Dean’s list in 2012, awarded the Kellogg Board Fellowship in 2013, and named Youn Impact Scholar in 2013. Youn Impact Scholars are an elite group of the most innovative and creative Kellogg students and alumni, passionate about making a social impact.
Ms. Soumya Basnet (2012) completed M.A. in Creative Practice for Narrative Environments at the Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, U.K.She trained successfully to apply notions of narrative to the development of novel proposals for audience development and museum experience in the Cinema Museum, London, a project funded by the Arts Council, England. She was awarded a partial tuition scholarship by the Charles Wallace India Trust during her studies. She has returned to India in September 2014 and is working as a Space Designer with Rajeev Sethi Scenographers, New Delhi.
Ms. Neha Lad (2012) completed research-based Master’s degree in Woven Textiles at the Royal College of Art, London, U.K. She wove several collections of beautiful and innovative textile designs. Described as a “Star in the Making”, her work in using junkyard decaying materials and eroded surfaces, stripped copperwires combined with her own beautiful photographs of urban decay in creating sensitivity textile hangings, has been much appreciated. She combines precious and upcycled materials to create beautifully coloured and textured woven fabrics using both traditional and new techniques.She has displayed her work at numerous international exhibitions including Resource 2015, London, Sustain RCA at the London Design Festival. She has received the Clothworkers Foundation Award in 2013 for the unconventional use of textiles. She is now a Design / Trend Consultant with the All India Artisans and Craft Workers Welfare Association, New Delhi.
Mrs. Persis Mistry (2012) completed M.A. in Applied Theatre (Drama in the Community and Drama Education) from the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, now called the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. A trained speech and drama teacher, she aims to build a career around teaching and interacting with children from different walks of life particularly with those having attention deficiencies, learning disabilities or physical and mental disabilities.For her international project Persis is working with ADAPT (Able Disabled All People Together) and an NGO called Adhyayan which works with a majority of school children from the Warli tribe and on preparing a resource pack for training teachers in that school.
Ms. Sarah Andrabi (2013) completed MS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A, with an internship at Microsoft. She founded the Graduate Women in Computer Science Group at Chapel Hill and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing held in October 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. In July 2015, Sarah joined Microsoft as a Programme Manager in the Operating Systems Group.
Dr. Sameer Jain (2013) enrolled for the MS degree programme in Biomedical Engineering at the State University of New York, U.S.A. in the Fall of 2013. His research project titled ‘Swayam – Low Cost Assistive Device for Stroke and Paralytic Patients in Rural India’ received high merit. His research articles have been published in peer reviewed journals. He also worked as a Dental Clinic Extern at the Columbia University School of Dental Medicine, U.S.A. He also received the Resident Award from the American Association of Endodontics (AAE) at its Annual Session in 2014 at Washington and also Top Resident Award of US$1000 for his innovative research at the AAE. He was invited to speak and chair an Oral Session at the American Association of Dental Research (AADR) Annual Session in North Carolina. Subsequently he was appointed as the AADR Graduate Student Liaison for the Buffalo Chapter. In June 2015 he was selected to be awarded the 2015 Henry M. Thornton / SCADA Fellowship to cover his expenses during his advanced training programme at the University of Texas at Houston, U.S.A.
Ms. Sonal Nagotanekar (2013) completed a Master’s in Accessories Design at the Domus Academy, Milan, Italy, winning an internship at Lineapelle S.P.A. Milan which specialises in new technologies and forecasting in leather and material trends. She then worked in a workshop in collaboration with brands like Gianfranco Lotti, Ballin Shoes, Italia and project leaders Daniela Puppa, Emi Kurebayashi, MaurizioModica from the company Frankie Morello, where she specialised in individually crafted designs.Her bag design was showcased at the Lineapelle fair in Milan in February 2015 where it was awarded the Third Prize in the “Intrecci in Cantiere Contest organised by Manifatura di Domodossola”.She has returned to India and is presently self-employed.
Ms. Upasana Simha (2013) completed M.A. degree in Industrial Design at the Central Saint Martin’s, University of the Arts, London, U.K. The course which she was studying was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize and was also invited to represent the student body accompanied by the faculty to receive the award from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. The Queen’s Anniversary for higher and further education is awarded for the advancement of education for public benefit.
Dr. Sujay Kakarmath (2014) completed MS in Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA, where he was selected as a Presidential Scholar and received tuition scholarships. His research on systematically studying stroke mortality in a rural population in India has been accepted for publication by the internationally reputed journal STROKE. Dr. Kakarmath had worked with Dr. Bang in Gadchiroli, after completing his MBBS degree in 2012. Here he had his first exposure to the problems of rural healthcare and how low cost high quality essential healthcare could be made available through synergistic partnerships between the community and various stake holders in the fragmented governmental healthcare system.