Meet the Steering Group – Nikita Hari
What is your current profession/background?
I am currently pursuing my doctoral studies in Electrical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. I’m researching making systems called ‘Power Electronic Converters’ with novel devices called ‘GaN’ which can efficiently convert and conserve power and thereby help create a more sustainable future. I also tutor for first year Engineering undergraduates of Churchill College.
What point in your life led you to pursue a career in STEM?
Being in love with Physics and Mathematics being a good friend of mine, Engineering came as an obvious choice to me after my A levels. The intrigue, fascination and excitement to fathom the unexplained ‘electric shock’ I received as a kid motivated me to take up electrical engineering as my specialisation; starting off with an undergraduate degree, then moving on to do a masters and now pursuing a PhD in the same area.
What is one of your biggest aspirations?
My biggest aspiration and vision is to educate, inspire and help socially disadvantaged children around the globe, especially young girls to take up scientific studies and research thereby igniting their lives. Thus I’m passionate about making a positive contribution to society through technology and education.
What advice would you give to aspiring female scientists and engineers?
Your destiny is your decision! Do not allow the societal stereotypes to stop you from pursuing your passion. Let nothing stop you from doing what you love most. Let your wings of dreams fly high…!
How have you benefited from being a part of CAMAWiSE?
I joined CamAWiSE when I first met a friend Raheela who invited me to join and there was no looking back since then. Met some lovely people… learnt a lot… and at the end of the day it’s a space where I know, I’m not alone in this ‘women in engineering and science ‘journey……!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love day dreaming, spending time with near and dear ones, watching movies, documentaries, reading novels and music is my soul mate…! I enjoy giving talks at the Cambridge Science Festival, Girl conferences and STEM events to increase visibility of women in STEM and make our voices heard to inspire the future generation. I do consulting for an online tutoring initiative for Syrian kids founded by my friend and I also do social enterprise work as the conference director of Beyond Profit Cambridge.
Ask me about …
Power Electronics, Electrical Engineering, GaN, Women in STEM, Social Entrepreneurship, Music and Movies.