A special thanks to the Finalists for taking part in the RYSI Award Finals. It was a pleasure meeting all of you on Sunday, 27th February 2022. The models you demonstrated 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.
|Prisha Date||Junior||Winner||Super detective starcho-Iodine||DSK School||Pune|
|Madhura S S||Junior||Runner up||Easy Peasy 1Re Straw Flute||Vidyashilp academy||Bengaluru|
|Tilak Bhimrajka||Intermediate||Winner||How do submarines achieve the right depth?||The Kalyani School||Pune|
|Nikshep Raman||Intermediate||Runner up||Density and Buoyancy||Vidyashilp Academy||Bengaluru|
|Anusha Neogi||Senior||Winner||Consequences of constricted respiratory tract||G.D. Goenka World School||Gurugram|
|Riddhika Joshi||Senior||Runner up||Science of Breathing and Lung Scarring||Convent of Jesus and Mary||New Delhi|
1. Jayant Murthy – Retired 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.
2. Ravinder K. Baniyal – Associate Prof, IIA. PhD at IIA. Followed by postdoc positions at Boston and Goettingen. Ravinder is an experimental physicist working in the area of wave front sensing, where his research and expertise has been internationally recognised. At IIA, Ravinder is very active in doing astronomy outreach activities for students and the general public all over the country..
3. 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.
4. Mousumi Das – Faculty at IIA; previously at RRI & Univ. of Maryland, USA; PhD, IISc. Focus of interest in galactic and extra-galactic astronomy. Gives numerous outreach and public lecture talks around the world, to professional and budding astronomers!
5. Swati Sircar – Azim Premji University (APU); runs MathSpace. Previously at Shikshamitra, Kolkata. Graduate Studies at Univ of Washington, USA. Expert and wizard in creating hands-on maths and science activities for children and teachers. Heavily involved in enhancing the curriculum in various State and National syllabi.
6. Ashok Pati, – Retired Faculty, IIA. Graduate of BITS, Pilani and IIA (Ph.D.). Specialising in astrophysics of galaxies and population modelling. High level of expertise in the area of instrumentation and computing. Major role in designing cutting-edge astronomy instruments such as the JCB Telescope at the Vainu Bappu Observatory (VBO) and the UV Imaging Telescope (UVIT) aboard the Astrosat satellite.
7. Shashi Thutupalli – Faculty, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), biophysicist, postdoc at Princeton and Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation, Göttingen, PhD from the latter, MSc from Univ of Toronto, research on organisation of living systems and synthetic mimics of living matter. Also associated with the Simons Centre for the Study of Living Machines, and ICTS.
8. S.P. Rajaguru – Faculty, IIA. PhD, IISc (Joint Astronomy Programme). Post-doc at Institut Astrophysique de Paris, France and Stanford University, USA. Main research interests include the solar interior and helioseismology. He plays a major role in science outreach at IIA and elsewhere, bringing astronomy to the masses.
9. D.C.V. Mallik – Retired Faculty, IIA; Main area of work Interstellar Matter and Planetary Nebulae. PhD, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. Senior author of the biography of Sir KS Krishnan; edited books on astronomy, currently working in the field of History of Science.
10. Ramkumar Mahadevan former IAF pilot, Flying Instructor, Test Pilot & Gallantry Award winner. He has taught Aerodynamics, Instruments and Airpower-related subjects. He has a deep interest in the teachings of J. Krishnamurti, taught in the Krishnamurti schools for 20 years, teaching Science, Maths, Geography.
11. Yusuf Ahmad Khan is an editor of science and computer science books at Oxford University Press India. He likes exploring the world around us in the company of children, learning more from the children than what the children learn from him. He loves the video Austin’s butterfly.
12. Sekhar Soorianarayanan, The Valley School, Bangalore. Hands-on science teacher for kids of all ages. Previously at GE, Bangalore. Graduate Studies at Texas Tech. Vast experience and passionate interest in creating hands-on learning tools and modules for middle and high school students of science.
13. Proteep Mallik, 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.