“I grew up as the only girl child in my family of all engineers. My father-my inspiration was a mechanical engineer in Military Engineering Services. Joining a STEMM field was my passion since childhood. Under the influence of my family encouragement, I became the first and only female electrical engineer in all my extended family”
I am working as an Associate lecturer in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in the School of Engineering at Deakin University. My research vision is dedicated to the aspects of the modern, smart and sustainable power system, which comprises suitable modelling of the system, new players to support sustainability and reliability.
My knowledge and expertise are drawn primarily from the discipline of Electrical Engineering. I have more than 10 years of academic experience having worked full time for Indian and Australian University in the field of Electrical and Mechatronics Engineering. These experiences have given me not only the technical knowledge to teach a variety of classes, but also the opportunity to form definite ideas about the process of teaching which motivates and inspires students.
I see my role as a teacher influencing students of diverse background to acquire knowledge by connecting to the concept, people and resources. I strive to approach these teaching goals by utilizing SMART learning objectives and technology tools which appeal to students learning experience.
What inspired you to do science/technology/engineering/mathematics/medicine? Have you always liked STEMM?
I perceive that life for me has been a process of conscious evolution. I grew up as the only girl child in my family of all engineers. My father-my inspiration was a mechanical engineer in Military Engineering Services. Joining a STEMM field was my passion since childhood. Under the influence of my family encouragement, I became the first and only female electrical engineer in all my extended family.
Do you have a mentor(s)? What is the most crucial aspect of your professional relationship?
My supervisor has played a key role of a mentor in developing my career after PhD. He identified some of my potentials and offered me a platform to further develop my teaching and research skills.
If at times your confidence is shaky, where do you turn? What/who empowers you?
My husband has been my strength. He left his well-paying senior mechanical engineer job to be with me in Australia during my PhD. He has been motivating enough to keep me going whenever my confidence is shaky. The smiling face of my son and his morale-boosting child-talk takes me out of depression. The love of my supportive family especially when my brothers say me that they are proud of me and the faith in God empowers me always to work harder.
What are you most proud of in your STEMM career?
The zeal to improve my scholarship in research brought me to Australia for PhD research. Being a recipient of international postgraduate research scholarship for my PhD has been my proud moment. This scholarship enabled me to pursue my research in wind energy modelling and integration which is a very relevant topic in Australian electricity market operation. Timely completion of this degree has opened new avenues for me to explore in the Australian academic sector.
What have you learnt during your career to increase your resilience?
Self-management, self-awareness and perseverance is the key to increase your resilience. Failures and rejection will come and go. You must have confidence in your support system, remain calm and maintain your dedication; certainly, you will reach your meaningful goal.
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