RYSI Award 2019 Winners

A special thanks to the Finalists for taking part in the RYSI Award Finals. It was a pleasure seeing all of you on Sunday, 24th November 2019. 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.

Name Category Rank Innovation Title School City
Agnivesha Sharma Junior Winner Spray Amrita Vidyalayam Karunagappally
Khushboo Shaik Junior Runner up Water Sprinkler Hind Zinc School Chittorgarh
Jayasankar P Junior Runner up Spray Rani Jai HSS Kannur
Mandar Mohan Kolhatkar Middle Winner Battery with Tomatoes Home Schooled Ahmedabad
Adrita Das Middle Runner up Battery with Fruits St. Patrick’s Higher Secondary School Asansol
Pranit Goel Middle Runner up Variants on Propeller National Public School Bangalore
Aayush Bhansali Senior Winner Drip Irrigation Delhi Public School Greater Noida
Kaavya Kochar Senior Runner up Water Wheel Sprinkler Step by step Greater Noida
Vinayak Prabhu K Senior Runner up Water Filteration BGS National Public School Bangalore


  • 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.
  • Sabyasachi Chatterjee, Retired Faculty, Indian Institute of Astrophysics. 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
  • Mousumi Das, Faculty at IIA; previously at RRI & Univ. of Maryland, USA; PhD, IISc. Focus of interest in galactic and extra-galactic astronomy. Apart from her active research, Mousumi also enjoys giving outreach and popular talks on astronomy to children and the general public, and does so whenever the opportunity arises.
  • Prajval Shastri, Retired Faculty, IIA; MSc from IIT-Bombay, followed by PhD at TIFR’s NCRA, and postdoctoral stints at Cal-Berkeley and UT Austin. Expert in the field of extragalactic radio astronomy, in particular radio jets and active galactic nuclei. Extremely active in astronomy outreach and member of All India People’s Science Network and the Women in Science initiative
  • Sravanti Uppaluri, School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), APU, biophysicist and quantitative biologist, postdoc at Princeton, PhD from Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation, Göttingen, MSc from Univ of Toronto, works on model organisms such as C. Elegans and hydra.
  • Dipankar Banerjee, Faculty, IIA. PhD, IIA. Post-doc positions at Armagh, Northern Ireland and Leuven, Belgium. Broad interest in solar astronomy, with a particular focus on magneto-hydrodynamics. Also uses archived solar data from, for example, the Kodaikanal Solar Observatory.
  • Ravinder K. Baniyal, Faculty, 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.
  • 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.
  • DCV 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.
  • Shailaja Sharma, Adjunct Faculty, National Institute of Advanced Studies, and part-time maths and statistics faculty at Mallya Aditi International School. MSc and PhD from IIT Bombay, worked at Shell and with various development agencies (World Bank, UN etc.) as a statistician and consultant. Has a deep interest in the Indic traditions of mathematics.
  • Krishnapriya (Priya) Tamma, SAS, APU, ecologist and conservation scientist, extensive work in the field, PhD from NCBS on mammal diversity, BE from RVCE, heavily involved in organising conferences for young scientists/ecologists.
  • Proteep Mallik, SAS, 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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