India’s Priyanka Das France’s Ambassador ‘For Girls And Science’ Initiative

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Priyanka Das, 26, is an Indian girl from the beautiful state of Assam. She has been honored with the title of ambassador by France for its initiative – “For Girls and Science”. This initiative was launched by France in the year 2014 to encourage girls to choose careers in the fields of science and technology. Priyanka is also among the very few lucky people to work for the development of the satellite navigation wing of Rafale Fighter Jets in India which will be used for the Indian Air Force in the year 2019.

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Priyanka’s father, Mr. Manoj Das, is DGM (Advisory & Consultancy) in North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi) and her mother is a senior medical officer in Delhi. The young scientist has been contributing her expert knowledge in satellite navigation for the French Defence Company, Safran while pursuing her Ph.D. Talking about the French Government’s initiative for girls, to The Times of India, Priyanka Das said, “As part of the programme, we meet middle school and high school students, and through talks and presentations, we 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 each year in collaboration with UNESCO. is linked to the L’Oreal Women in Science programme that awards five women scientists each year in collaboration with UNESCO. Its main aim is to promote scientific vocations among the youth, especially girls, and inspire them to become scientists in the future. It is supported by the Ministry of National Education of France and the L’Oreal Foundation.

Priyanka Das’s Ph.D. topic is, ‘Robust and Precise Navigation using Tightly-coupled Hybridisation of Inertial and GNSS Phase Measurements’. “I’m 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,” explained Priyanka Das.

Priyanka also remembered her visit to the defense company, “I had the chance of visiting Safran when I was a first-year student at Polytechnique. It was a visit organized by ISAE Supaero, an aerospace engineering school in the south of France. I was very impressed with the work they did at Safran and dreamt of working there one day.”

Coming back to her achievement of  working with the Indian government on satellite navigation wing of Rafale Fighter Jets project, it is important to mention that the engine and parts of the Rafale fighter plane are provided by Safran Electronics and Priyanka and her team of engineers, before joining Safran, had already made a microsatellite in Paris. The same microsatellite was launched in space in the Atlas V rocket in 2017 to study the thermosphere.

“Yes! My touch is there somewhere in space”  Priyanka Das says proudly! Priyanka is presently working for Safran Electronics and Defense, headquartered in France. She is a Ph.D. student at ISAE-SUPAERO, a world leader in aerospace engineering higher education located in Toulouse, France and supervised by the French Ministry of Defence.

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Priyanka’s area of research is precise point positioning and navigation of man-made satellites. Talking about her research, Priyanka expressed her hope that her findings may give a new direction to self-driving vehicle technology. She also informed that her dreams of becoming an aerospace engineer started when she was a student of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi inspired by her Physics Professor Dr. Vikram Phukan, reports ISAE-SUPAERO. After this she joined Ecole Polytechnique for its four-year Ingénieur Polytechnicien program (promotion X2013), specializing her third year in Data Science. In her fourth year, she joined ISAE-Supaéro for a double masters degree in Aerospace Engineering, specializing in Autonomous Systems and Data Science.

Priyanka Das also participated in ‘Acquintan Space’ competition organized by France space agency CNES and got the first place in Paris region and was one among the top five in the country. She was also chosen for the Caltech space challenge among 32 young scientists across the globe. She has been honored with French Nationality by the French Government for her immense contribution towards the navigation system of Great ‘Rafale’ Aircraft.

To conclude, all I can say is that it seems to be just the beginning of a great journey for Priyanka Das. No doubt she is one of those wonderful women who is needed not just in India but in the whole world! Way to Priyanka. We are so proud of you.



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Comments (16)

  • Aerospace Engineering 2 years ago Reply

    This is Inspiring! It would make people aware

  • Anil Narula 3 years ago Reply

    This is So Beautiful and amazing. It is great blog post. Helpful and Informative Blog. I like it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Dirk Tiu 4 years ago Reply

    Very impressive and inspiring!
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  • Thanks for sharing such an informative article

  • Lena Juice 4 years ago Reply

    this is so awesome! I had no idea about this, so thanks for sharing this story.

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  • Jennifer L 4 years ago Reply

    Wow this is absolutely amazing! A big congrats to Priyanka Das as she continues to help pave the way towards girls in science and technology. We definitely need more outreach so girls can see themselves pursuing these traditionally male-dominated fields.
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  • London Mumma 4 years ago Reply

    My daughter has shown a keen interest in Science and I love that, go girls who want to get ahead in science I say.

  • Kathryn Maher 4 years ago Reply

    Wow! I’m super impressed by this young Indian woman. To have achieved so much at such a young age is both inspiring for future generations of young women and also quite awesome that its in a field previously dominated by men.

  • Ana Ojha 4 years ago Reply

    What an inspiring post! Glad to know about her story and she sounds to be quite dynamic and inspiring!

  • This is so amazing. Well done to the lady. Her story is very inspiring. I am impressed. Hopefully this would inspire other girls.

  • Maaretta 4 years ago Reply

    Had no iea about this. Awesome!

  • Edyta 4 years ago Reply

    Truly impressive!

  • Lisa 4 years ago Reply

    Priyanka sounds like a very intelligent young lady. She is entering a great path for her career as satellites and autonomous vehicles are going to huge parts of the future everywhere in the world. Good luck to her!

  • Bethann Wagner 4 years ago Reply

    She’s amazing – what an inspiration!

  • Tawnya 4 years ago Reply

    Very inspiring lady! It’s so awesome to see women being encouraged to go into science fields, as we are still underrepresented. It’ll take awhile for the stereotypes of men in science fields to fade away.

  • HilLesha 4 years ago Reply

    Wow, that is quite impressive! Thank you for sharing her story. It was fun learning about her and the initiative that she is an ambassador for.
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