M.S in National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Currently doing my PhD at Tyndall National Institute
Bachelors in Technology, Masters in Science
Keysight Technologies, Language Instructor at NTUST
PhD Researcher at Tyndall National Institute
Tyndall National Institute
Favourite thing to do in science: Doing experiments with my friends
About Me: I am a PhD Researcher working on how to use light to enable fast internet speeds. I am a happy go lucky person and really wanting to travel now.
I am originally from New Delhi, India. I live in Cork with two other housemates. Before this, I was living in Taipei, Taiwan which had a very different and vibrant culture. I came to Ireland this January, just two months before the lockdown and I have been able to travel to Galway so far. I find Ireland to be very green and connected with the nature. It makes one feel more centred.
I love going on long walks to the parks and having a hot chocolate during the winters(though I have it most days to be honest!). It would be great to connect with young minds virtually through this platform and getting to cultivate new ideas.
My Work: My work is related to manipulating light. I want your internet to move with the speed of light which is really fast.
Light is right now our answer to low energy and fast communication. Our population is increasing every year and we need to provide fast internet to everyone.
Google and other big companies have your data stored in their offices and they want to keep it so that you can access it again. Because the data is so much and you want your data at the tip of your fingers, without waiting, they get some devices that use light to move that data.
How they do this is very interesting. they convert your data into light pulses and the light moves really fast which makes it easier for you to watch your video without buffering.
My Course/Research/Work: I am a light scientist. I am now learning how to change the speed of light and manipulate light pulses with electric currents and voltages.
Light that is used to change your data speed does not come naturally. I need to generate the light. Phew, it’s a lot of work but very rewarding at the end. I feel like Captain Marvel at the end of it:)
I have to first use electric circuits, like the ones inside your phones(I will make you see it, in case you haven’t seen it before)
So I use those circuits to generate light, similar to a battery operated laser pointer, where you use battery charge to generate light. In my case, I need to maintain the high speed of light while also coupling it from electric currents and voltages.
So I deal simultaneously with electric field, current and voltages and light.
Believe me, all electromagnetic waves be it electric field or light, both behave in the same way. Einstein is great!
My Typical Day: My typical day looks like, me waking up late, falling out of my bed, getting ready and running to work. There I have a coffee and calm down and get to work. Mostly it involves, sitting in front of my computer and designing what I want to see on the circuit board, a lot of data is involved there. I also have lab work where I go to the lab to see the maximum temperature that the circuit board goes to once I heat it up with current. (Current produces heat, that is pretty cool). Once that is done, I report my measurements and we discuss whether it looks correct. The day ends and we gear up for another day of adventure.
My typical day looks like, me waking up late, falling out of my bed, getting ready and running to work. There I have a coffee and calm down and get to work. Mostly it involves, sitting in front of my computer and designing what I want to see on the circuit board, a lot of data is involved there.
I also have lab work where I go to the lab to see the maximum temperature that the circuit board goes to once I heat it up with current. (Current produces heat, that is pretty cool).
Once that is done, I report my measurements and we discuss whether it looks correct. The day ends and we gear up for another day of adventure.
What I'd do with the money: I would like to invest that money to build resources for the future. Like light is a futuristic technology, not very common now, but needs investment so that these technologies can become common and serve you when you grow up.
I would be giving the money for creating a maker space for students your age. Science is nothing but putting building blocks together in the best way possible. To do that, one must learn quite diligently about those building blocks.
One also needs to be self-motivated and in order to do that, a free lab space with some equipment where you can construct or demonstrate your own experiments would be really cool to have!
Even allowing all of you to just cut wood in order to make a study table would make you learn about, fulcrum, load, balance, weight (all these physics concepts), with your innovative touch ofcourse.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Optimistic, Nerdy and Gummy Bear
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Red Beans and Rice
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Walked on an escalator in the opposite direction(I fell and injured myself, learned physics is important)
What did you want to be after you left school?
Doctor, doing that but in a different field
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Yes, my shoes were always muddy for some reason
What was your favourite subject at school?
Science, no guesses there
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
Being able to see how my work contributes to the bigger picture
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
A vet, I love dogs
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Unlimited food supply(good food), CoVID Vaccine, Always surrounded by family and friends
Tell us a joke.
What's the greatest thing about Switzerland? I don't know but the flag is a big plus.