Ph.D. Scholar, Curtin University and IIT-ISM

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Make a career in STEM and spread happiness.

Dejalin Sahu

What do you do?

I am pursuing joint Ph.D. between Curtin University, Australia and IIT (ISM), India. I have been awarded CIPRS and MHRD fellowships from both the Government of Australia and India respectively. My research is focused on clean coal technology for high quality coal processing and CFD modeling. Basically I utilize computational fluid dynamics as a tool to find fundamental answer pertaining to the relationship between cyclone geometry and separation response.

Why did you choose this field?

Born and raised in a mineral rich place - Odisha in India, I tried to engage myself in the mineral sector. I did research in multiple sectors, where I worked in various steel industries and coal plants in India. I explained my research work at various meetings, symposiums and conferences throughout the world. I received a B.Tech. degree in mineral processing from Government College of Engineering, Odisha and M.Tech. degree (Mineral Eng.) from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad, India and a gold medal for securing 1st rank in M.Tech.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Science and technology flourishes through the intellectual nourishment of human minds (both men and women). However, this aspect is barely reflected in rural heartlands. In rural areas, very few women personnel make carrier in science and technology (STEM). Raised with a single parent from the beginning, I pursued science and later established myself as mineral researcher. I received gold medal for securing 1st rank in M.Tech. I have been awarded CIPRS and MHRD fellowships from both Govt. of Australia and India respectively. I did research at Curtin University, Australia for one year from 2018 to 2019. I am working in collaboration with Australian and Indian research personnel.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I always wanted to pursue a career in science and development research. In the past, I have actively participated in science demonstration through meetings and seminars. It gives me pleasure and happiness while talking to young minds. New ideas and technologies helped me for smooth functioning of my life.

Best advice for next generation?

Science makes life livable. STEM can shape our careers in long run, establish ourselves at frontline and ultimately can enrich our lives. So make a career in STEM and spread happiness.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Science makes life livable.”

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