RYSI Award 2018 Winners

A special thanks to the Finalists for taking part in the RYSI Award Finals. It was a pleasure seeing almost all of you on Sunday, 4th March, 2018, 105 of you to be exact, on the occasion of National Science Day! You lit up the erstwhile residence of India’s only science Nobel Laureate, and he would have been most proud to know that his name and home was being used for such an event. The models you brought and the new ones you created were a testament to your innovative nature and we hope that this is just the beginning of your scientific exploration.

Each of you will be issued a personalised certificate, duly signed, within the next two weeks (by 20th March). These will be free of cost and will either be emailed to you or available to download online through a login portal. We will let you know which method once we have generated all the certificates. If in addition, you want a physical hard copy of the certificate, you will need to fill in a form online (will be made available shortly) and we will send you the certificate by post for a total nominal cost of Rs. 250.

We look forward to engage with you further on this great scientific journey ahead. Please add our email address ([email protected]) to your address book so that future e-mails don’t get lost in your spam folder. We will use this e-mail to communicate with you about all our exciting events coming up over the next many months.

RYSI Award 2018 Winners

Winner Photo Name Category Type Age Standard School City Model
Dhruv Shah Senior Winner 13 8 Aditya Birla World Academy Mumbai Cartesian Diver
Arin Chowdhary Intermediate Winner 11 7 Shiv Nadar School, Noida Delhi Diamagnetism of Water
Soham Joshi Junior Winner 9 4 Universal School, Ghatkopar Mumbai DIY Dholak
Mohammed Sulaiman Senior Runner-up 13 8 Oasis International School Bangalore Car Parking Wash
S. Gokulraj Senior Runner-up 14 9 J.K.K. Nattraja Matriculation Hr. Sec. School Komarapalayam (TN) Electricity Generator in Rainwater
Kavin Shanmugam Intermediate Runner-up 12 7 Inventure Academy Bangalore Homopolar Motor
R. Atul Intermediate Runner-up 11 6 Chinmaya Vidyalaya Sr. Sec. School Chennai Magnetic Heater
Dhaatri Bhat Junior Runner-up 9 4 Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir Bangalore Cup phone
Siddharth K. Gopal Junior Runner-up 9 4 St. Thomas Residential School Thiruvananthapuram Sound propagation

Panel of Scientists to Judge the Finalists

  • Dr. Rajaram Nityananda – One among the foremost physicists in the country with great breadth and depth. Currently, School of Liberal Studies (SLS), Azim Premji University (APU), Bangalore; Earlier: Director, TIFR Centre, Hyderabad; Director, National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, Pune and; Faculty IISER, Pune; Early career at RRI, Bangalore

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  • Dr. Jayant Murthy – Senior Faculty, Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore; PhD, Johns Hopkins University, USA; worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA), Maryland, USA, specialist in Space Astronomy with broad interests.

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  • Dr. Dwarakanath – Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore; PhD from IISc, Main area of work Extragalactic astronomy using techniques of Radioastronomy

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  • Ms. Swati Sircar – APU; runs MathSpace. Previously at Shikshamitra, Kolkata. Graduate Studies at Univ of Washington, USA

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  • Mr. Sekhar Soorianarayanan – The Valley School, Bangalore. Hands-on science teacher for kids of all ages. Previously at GE, Bangalore. Graduate Studies at Texas Tech

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  • Dr. Richard Fernandes – SLS, APU; PhD IISc; Worked at the Liquid Crystals Laboratory of RRI; a founding father of the Centre for Learning, Bangalore

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  • Dr. Mousumi Das – Faculty at IIA; previously at RRI & Univ of Maryland, USA; PhD IISc. Focus of interest in galactic and extra-galactic astronomy.

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  • Dr. Ashok Pati – Retired Faculty, IIA; Main area of interest – Extragalactic Astronomy and Stellar Populations; an expert in computer technology and instrumentation. PhD and career at IIA for ~40 years. Graduated from BITS, Pilani

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  • Dr. Sabyasachi Chatterjee – Retired Faculty, IIA. PhD IISc. Great breadth and depth in various branches of physics, excellent in hands-on experiments; fluent in maths; Co-author of the biography of KS Krishnan, deeply involved in People’s Science Network

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  • Dr. D.C.V. Mallik – Retired Faculty, IIA; Main area of work Interstellar Matter and Planetary Nebulae, PhD Univ. of Wisconsin, USA; Senior author of the biography of KS Krishnan; edited books on astronomy, currently working in the field of History of Science

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  • Dr. Abha Rao – National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore; previously at St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore. PhD from the Univ. of Arizona, USA. Vast experience in the field of Public Health

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  • Dr. Sushma V. Mallik – Retired Faculty, IIA. Specialised in stellar spectroscopy. PhD and career at IIA, the last doctoral student of M K Vainu Bappu, the father of optical astronomy in India. Early user of high-resolution techniques using facilities at the Kavalur Observatory.

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  • Mr. Proteep Mallik– SLS, APU. Extensive experience in the field of optical engineering with firms such as Pacific Biosciences and KLA-Tencor in the USA. Graduate studies at Optical Sciences Center, Univ of Arizona, USA.

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