What do you do?
I teach kids to be engineers and I look into ways to have clean air around us.
Why did you choose this field?
Growing up in North India, I always felt that there is a need to reduce pollution around us (maybe air, water, solid waste, etc), thats the reason I pursued environmental engineering as a Masters subject. I did Masters from US and came back and happened to settle in Delhi. Delhi being so polluted drove me to do a PhD in air pollution and thats what I am currently pursuing.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
When I was younger, I was not sure about the impact academia may have in the society. I was always lured towards the corporate life. After being in corporate for few years and realizing the potential of academia, I got back to my first love - academics. I wish I had known this earlier.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I am yet to join STEM. The reason I want to join STEM is I want to connect to women in science and talk to them about their struggles, learn from them how they overcame the struggles and get motivated.
Best advice for next generation?
Pursue your dreams. You can achieve anything.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
"With great power comes great responsibilities.”