Field: Space Research
Born into a family of intellectuals where her mother was a maths teacher and her father was an engineer who had a great interest in mathematics, she was motivated to read and pursue her dreams from a very young age. Nandini Harinath became obsessed with the series star trek on television when she was a child and that is how she was attracted to explore space since her childhood. She loved science fiction a lot too.
She applied to ISRO and after getting selected she has only added feathers to her career one after the other. She is widely recognized for her commendable contribution in her role as Deputy operations Director for the Mangalyan mission. She was also the Project Manager and Mission Design Deputy Operations Director of Mars Orbit Mission (MOM), whose success is remembered by the name of Mangalyaan mission.
Her glorious and consistent track record at ISRO is something that can serve as inspiration for many . She has worked on more than 14 missions and has given her best in every project. Personally she takes immense pride in her role in the Mangalyan project which was not only challenging but demanded precision and high commitment. It involved high work hours and especially before the launch, the scientists hardly left office. It also demanded quick solutions and innovative ideas. The pressure was high as it was being tracked on social media by all.
Spending long work hours and managing home, and fulfilling the duties of a mother were very tough. She had her daughter’s exams just in the middle of the mission. But a resilient Nandini fulfilled both the responsibilities . Ofcourse , there was family support for her to excel. Such female scientists , who look unassuming and embrace simplicity surely have so much to teach all of us .
My one -line take away: There will always be challenges but one has to have the resilience to complete a task at hand .
PS: I have planned to take up non-fiction this year as my theme for the A2Z challenge, where every day in the month of April ( except Sundays) I will be writing about women in the stream of science and their contributions. Disclaimer -The information collected is from different sources available online.
The main objective is to draw inspiration and share information about such great lives who did it, despite all difficulties in their life.
I’m participating in #BlogchatterA2Z