3 Indian-origin women selected as Australia's Superstars of STEMtext_fields
Melbourne: Three Indian-origin women gathered berth among 60 scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians selected as Australia's Superstars of STEM.
The three women are Neelima Kadiyala, Dr Ana Baburamani, and Dr Indrani Mukherjee.
STEM, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is an initiative which has the objective of refurbishing society's gender assumptions about scientists and increasing the public exposure of females and non-binary people, PTI reported.
The Science and Technology Australia (STA)- the country's top body in the field that represents more than 105,000 scientists and technologists- annually supports 60 Australian experts employed in STEM, making them highly visible to media and public role models, PTI cites The Australia Today.
Among the three Indian-origin women, Kadiyala is an IT Program Manager at Challenger Limited and has over 15 years of experience delivering extensive transformation programmes across multiple industries, including Financial Services, Government, Telco, and FMCG. She moved to Australia in 2003 to do a Master's in Business in Information Systems.
Baburamani is a scientific advisor in the Department of Defence - Science and Technology Group. Always being fascinated by the human brain and its functions, "she seeks to piece together the complex process of brain development and the mechanisms contributing to brain injury," the report says. Baburamani completed her PhD at Monash University and has spent ten years as a postdoctoral researcher in Europe. She is dedicated to supporting and enabling early career researchers, making science accessible and promoting broader participation in and uptake of STEM careers.
And Mukherjee is a deep-time geologist at the University of Tasmania and focuses on what drove that biological transition. Working as a postdoctoral researcher in Tasmania, she also works in the fields of public outreach, geoscience communication, and diversity initiatives.
The STA also selected Sri Lankan-origin women for the recognition.