I joined The Dyson Institute as a Lecturer in Electronics in Sept 2020. Before that, I was a Schlumberger Faculty for Future Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Engineering Sciences, University of Oxford (2019-20) with a Doctorate in Electrical Engineering from University of Cambridge (2013-18).
I have enjoyed teaching right from my school days and my teaching philosophy is to ‘engage, educate and innovate’ with students. I started my formal career in lecturing at the National Institute of Technology, India in 2010. During this period, I structured and delivered two modules, labs, and designed assessment framework for final year electrical engineering undergraduates. In the course of my PhD, I was an active member of the supervision community at University of Cambridge - Churchill College and the Department of Engineering. For four years, I have been involved in many aspects of electrical engineering teaching, from supervisions, lab demonstrations to assessment. I have supervised physical principles of electronics and electromagnetics, analysis of circuits and devices, digital circuits and electrical power. Additionally, I was an interviewer for engineering admissions doing pre-interview assessments, conducting technical interviews and attending selection meetings. For the past five years, I have been spearheading summer courses, workshops and lectures in engineering for school students in the UK. All these experiences have given me a rich understanding of engineering education, course design, teaching approaches to building an engaging rapport with students.
Listed in the ‘Top 50 Women in Engineering in UK' in 2017(Women’s Engineering Society), I’m an invited Global Ambassador for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering and a TEDx Speaker. A passionate educator, STEM communicator and a champion for women in STEM, I mentor many aspiring youngsters in STEM and research.
Outside my academic identity, I’m a Tech Entrepreneur (Co-founder of two EdTech initiatives 'Wudi' & 'Favalley’) turned Technocrat with an aspiration to engineer society for good!
Why you chose to come to The Dyson Institute
The vision of The Dyson Institute as a 21st century state of the art educational provider blending academic studies along with real world engineering experience is one that appeals to me on many levels, and I’m positive I will have useful contributions to make. Being an ambitious and innovative organisation, I believe The Dyson Institute offers me a unique platform to contribute, develop and shape the next generation engineering degree programme.
For several years, I have enjoyed lecturing (around 500-650 students), tutoring students (88), designing engineering summer programmes (20+), mentoring (55), supervising undergrad projects (7) and examining PhD theses (4). Alongside these academic activities, I have held numerous leadership and commercial roles specific to engineering degree disconnect, skill shortage, policy issues around engineering programmes and lack of women in engineering. I see this as a key opportunity to use my engineering education, experience and expertise to help bridge the universal and time-immemorial disconnect between academia and industry in the engineering space.
The wonderful and passionate team at The Dyson Institute and Dyson share the same aspirations but with unique and complementary skillsets offering spaces for closer interactions and intellectual discourse. Thus, this platform I hope will help forge my interests, skills and knowledge helping me contribute, as well as enrich my learning as an engineer, as an educator and most importantly evolve as an engineering educator!
Academic qualifications and any professional memberships
PhD, MTech, BTech; Member - IEEE & IET (12 yrs)
I was a gold medallist and university topper for both my undergraduate (BTech) and master’s degree (MTech) in Engineering. I undertook my PhD research in Electrical Engineering from the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge as a Churchill College member. I was awarded scholarships from Cambridge University Nehru Trust, Federation for Women Graduates and Google Europe to pursue my multidisciplinary research in Gallium Nitride (GaN) power electronics. My doctoral research investigated introducing machine learning to bridge the gap between the laboratory and commercial application space in GaN power electronics. My current multi-disciplinary research interests ranges from Machine Learning for Power Electronics, GaN Power Electronics to Disruptive Innovations in Engineering Education and its impact on Economies & Socio-Cultural Identities.
I’m a STEMist in love with the magical hope of trials, tragedies and triumphs in books, movies and music! My idea of a peaceful weekend would be binge-watching spy thrillers/crime dramas over a pot of chilly Indian snacks and hot chocolate; a more productive weekend would involve reading or exploring my creative self of interior designing and decoration.
Research papers & academic outputs
I have a decade of research experience with numerous tech keynotes/invited talks/lectures and international research papers to my credit.
Selected invited talks/keynotes:
- Jan 2020: Keynote on ‘Ungendering Engineering, Technology & Research: Breaking into Labs and Boardrooms’, Pehia Technology Summit – 2021, Kerala, India.
- Dec 2020: Plenary talk on ‘Rethinking the Vision for Engineering Education in the VUCA World’ at The 18th International Conference on Education Management in the 21st Century, Herzen State University, Russia.
- June 2020: Webinar at SRM University Alumni Talk series: Gave an invited talk to 250+ engineering students on ‘COVID-19 impact on Future of Engineering and Innovation’.
- Nov 2019: Keynote ‘Reimagining Stem Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (AI)‘at University of Hertzen, St. Petersburg, Russia, Nov 19-20, Conference on Management of 21stcentury: Education in the Digital Economy era.
- Sept 2019: Inspirational women in Engineering talk ‘I’m an Engineer, not a Woman Engineer!’ for “SHE”- (Scheme for Her Empowerment) at Govt Engineering College, Kannur, India.
- June 2019: Keynote and panellist on ‘Breaking into Leadership’ at Oxford University Women in Tech Leadership series
- April 2019: Keynote Speaker at Google Women Tech-Maker International Women’s Day Celebration, ‘My journey into Research and Tech Entrepreneurship’
- Feb 2019: Inaugural Keynote at Cochin University of Science and Technology Technical Fest, ‘Perspectives on Engineering Education’
- March 2018: Invited TEDx talk at Cambridge University TEDx series, ‘AI – Making or Breaking Education’
- May 2018: Finalist at the Future Power Challenge at EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics UK presenting on ’GaN Power Electronics using Machine Learning’
- March 2017: Invited Keynote at the International Conference on Power Engineering and Control, PECCON, VIT University, India ’GaN Power Electronic Solutions for a Greener and Smarter World’
- Aug 2017: Lecture at Concord College, Shrewsbury, UK ’Engineering Education: Challenges and Opportunities’
- July 2016: Soapbox Science Cambridge Talks by Selected Women Scientists ‘Electric Power Knows No Gender, Science No Gender’
- Jan 2016: Talk at GaN Power Workshop, Engineering dept., University of Cambridge- ’Perspective on GaN Power Electronics’
- Sept 2015: Welcome address at the Centre for Power Electronics Post Graduate Summer School, Newcastle ‘Engage, Educate and Innovate-Powering Your Future, Powering the World’
- Oct 2015: Invited Speaker at GSA Girl Power Summit: Women in Engineering Conference, St. Mary’s School, UK ’GaN Girl - Education, Engineering and Innovation’
For full list and details of talks, refer to https://nikitahari.com/talks/
Selected first author papers:
- N. Hari, M. Ahsan, S. Ramasamy, P. Sanjeevikumar, A. Albarbar and F. Blaabjerg, "Gallium Nitride Power Electronic Devices Modelling using Machine Learning," in IEEE Access, vol. 8, pp. 119654-119667, 2020
- N. Hari, S. Ramasamy, M. Ahsan, J. Haider, and E. M. G. Rodrigues, “An RF Approach to Modelling Gallium Nitride Power Devices Using Parasitic Extraction,” Electronics, vol. 9, no. 12, p. 2007, Nov. 2020.
- Nikita Hari, Edward Shelton, Teng Long, "Investigation of Gate Drive Strategies for High Voltage GaN HEMTs" in Energy Procedia, Elsevier, Vol 117, June 2017,1152-115
- N. Hari, S. Chatterjee and A. Iyer, "Gallium Nitride Power Device Modeling using Deep Feed Forward Neural Networks," 2018 IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications in (WiPDA Asia), Xi'an, China, 2018, pp. 164-168
- Nikita Hari, Tom Logan, Richard McMahon, "Design Considerations for 600 V GaN HEMT based Half -Bridge Converter Systems for Utility Based Applications"- Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives, IET- PEMD-2016, Glasgow, April 19-22, 2016, PP.6-7
For full list of research papers, refer to https://nikitahari.com/research/