Priyanka Das, an Assamese girl has been appointed as the ambassador of “For Girls and Science”, an initiative launched in 2014 that will now see her encouraging girls to take up scientific careers and pursue it to higher education levels.
Priyanka Das is pursuing Ph.D. and working in the Navigation Systems division of Safran in France. She has also worked for the satellite navigation wing of Rafale Fighter Jets of France.
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“For Girls and Science” aims to promote more scientific vocations among young people, especially girls, and inspire them to become scientists of tomorrow. The initiative is supported by the Ministry of National Education of France and the L'Oreal Foundation.
Priyanka mentioned that as part of the programme, they meet middle school and high school students, and try to clear the misconceptions about scientists and women in science.
The initiative is linked to the L'Oreal Women in Science programme that awards five women scientists every year in collaboration with UNESCO.
As per reports, at Safran, Priyanka is working on a very specific matter on how to make positioning more robust and precise. It can have applications as one of the many sensor information used by autonomous systems like a self-driving car for self-localization.
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