Every year on 8th March, International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide. The main aim of this day is to celebrate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women.
Let’s celebrate this International Women’s day by reading about some of the finest Indian Women innovators.
Dr. Neena Gupta(Professor & Mathematician at Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata)
She is the 4th Indian mathematician to receive the prestigious award of Ramanujan Prize for young mathematicians in 2021. This award is given to her for her outstanding work in commutative algebra and affine algebraic geometry. Since Dr. Neena Gupta was a young girl, she was very fond of mathematics.
Her early age interest in mathematics set her on a good career path. In 2014, she won the Young Scientists Award of the Indian National Science Academy for providing a solution to solve the Zariski Cancellation problem- a fundamental problem in Algebraic Geometry.
Annie Sinha Roy(Only Woman Tunnel Engineer In India)
You will be surprised to know that she is the only woman tunnel engineer in the country. She is the project Senior resident engineer at Mumbai Metro rail corporation. When she was working in Bengaluru, she single-handedly steered Godavari-the tunnel-boring machine. She used to spend 8 hours in the tunnel every day. She has a vision for women to break stereotypes and motivates them to choose a career in male-dominated professions.
Sasikala Devi( Researcher & Academician at SASTRA Deemed-to-be-University, Tamil Nadu)
She has collaborated the power of her creativity and innovation with her expertise in AI and Deep Learning to develop her prototype, LungXpert. To create this prototype, she has sourced over 5 lakh X-Ray images as a dataset from the prestigious Stanford University. The primary purpose of this prototype is the early detection of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease, e.g., COVID-19. At the MyGov COVID-19 Shri Shakti Challenge, her innovation was one of the winners in the contest that aims to develop solutions to combat COVID-19.
Tessy Thomas( Missile Woman of India)
You will be surprised to know that she is the first-ever woman scientist to head a missile project in India. She worked as the Project Director for the Agni IV and Agni V missiles. These missiles are high-range intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. This entire development has won her the title of “Missile Woman of India.”
For her outstanding work in the field of science, she won the DRDO Scientist of the Year award in 2008 and the Outstanding Woman Achiever Award by Women in Science and Engineering(WISE) in 2016.
Nandini Harinath(Rocket Scientist at ISRO)
She is a well-known name amongst Indian women scientists. In a span of 20 years at ISRO, she has worked on 14 missions. The most famous mission that she had been a part of is Mars Orbiter Mission, Mangalyaan. For this Mangalyaan mission, she served as the project manager, mission designer, and deputy operations director. Since her early childhood days, she has been fond of science fiction shows like Star Trek, and this led to her interest in science which she chose as a career option and became a scientist at ISRO.
This blog has talked about a few of the finest Women Innovators who made our country proud with their innovation and creativity. They are the perfect role models for young girls who want to pursue a career in STEM. Can you name any other renowned female analysts? Do let us know in the comments down below.951