Anita Sengupta is an India-American who hails from West Bengal has worked on NASA’s physics experiment that was responsible to create the coldest spot in the universe.
She is an aerospace engineer and graduated in aerospace and mechanical engineering from Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern Califonia. She wasn’t just a normal employee rather a celebrated employee at NASA.
She worked as a lead systems engineer on the team that innovated the supersonic parachute system which was deployed when the Mars Laboratory Curiosity landed.
She has worked as the project manager of Cold Atom laboratory in the Jet Propulsion department at Caltech University. She has recently been appointed as the Senior Vice President of Systems Engineering at Virgin Hyperloop One. Hyperloop One will be responsible to decrease airline travel time and price. The target time set for reducing airline travel is set at 50% faster.
As per TOI‘s reports, Sengupta at CAL will be investigating properties of “Bose-Einstein Condensate, a state of matter that only occurs just above absolute zero”.
While talking to Asian Age she said, ” Understanding the nature of matter is key to us harnessing its power to create more efficient technologies. At the extremely cold temperature to be achieved by CAL, a Bose-Einstein condensate (a collection of sub-atomic particles cooled to really low temperatures) is formed. This new state of matter allows us to observe quantum phenomena at the macroscopic scale. We intend to learn more about how complexity arises (from the subatomic to molecular scale), the nature of superfluidity, and superconductivity. For example, the new physics we discover can lead to more efficient energy sources and conversion mechanisms for everyday applications.”
“CAL is one of the most complex instruments ever designed for space. I am also one of the few women of colour project managers at NASA to have had this level of responsibility and ownership of such a complex development. So it is an honour to have been a trailblazer and therefore, a role model for other women who want to go into technical leadership. As an Indian-origin woman I am proud to be able to represent my people and my country in my engineering accomplishments at NASA and now Virgin. India is the birthplace of mathematics, science, and engineering, so perhaps it is in my DNA to advance these causes through my work as an engineer,” she added.
“I lead the company’s systems engineering, human safety certification, and product management — towards our commercial product that is being planned for India and other destinations around the world. Similar to above, I am one of the few women of colour executives in technology leadership and for me that means I can make a real impact. I will give talks at science centers and universities in Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata. They will be free and open to the public” she added.