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Sima Adhya

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Dr Sima Adhya


Awards: 35 Under 35, 2006 (UKRC Women of Achievement)


Sima’s passion for science and maths stemmed from school and just continues to grow and grow. In 2005 she completed her PhD in the field of Satellite Geodesy and Astrodynamics. Her work was in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories with her models now being used to aid the understanding of climate change.

In just two years in her Technical Product Manager role at QinetiQ, Sima’s passion and enthusiasm continued to make a significant impact. She was involved in providing imaginative solutions to technical problems in the space industry and continues to contribute to projects, both in commercial and academic environments. She has published 8 papers in the open technical literature, winning a prize for the Best Paper at the International Institute of Navigation conference in September 2004 for her research work and an Amelia Earhart Fellowship Award in 2002.

When she is not working on her science she is communicating about it to audiences of all ages across the UK, Asia and Africa. She presents to schoolchildren, regularly appears on BBC Asian Network and appears in local and national TV and press. She was a runner-up in Fame Lab, received a BA Science Media Fellowship and is a SET schools ambassador.

In recognition of her hard work, enthusiasm and commitment Sima continues to receive accolades, notably a Management Today’s “35 Under 35” Award and an Asian Jewel Award - Healthcare and Education category.

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