Priyanka Rao

Priyanka is a final year student at IIT Madras with research interests in design and control of robots. She was awarded the DAAD-WISE scholarship for a summer research internship in Germany. She has worked on shape sensing of continuum robots along with their optimization and path planning. Being in a class with a skewed gender ratio of almost 1:25 made her realize the acute need to reduce gender disparity in STEM fields. She believes that a supportive peer-group of like-minded women who can guide and mentor you will go a long way in reducing the stigma about these fields being appropriate for women.