Interview Poster Award Winners CellMAT-Cellular Materials 2016
Poster Award (2nd Prize): Tisha Dixit, Cryogenic Engineering Centre, IIT Kharagpur

1. Could you please introduce yourself and tell us more about your university, field of study and research areas? 

My Name is Tisha Dixit and I am presently pursuing doctoral research in Cryogenic Engineering at the Cryogenic Engineering Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India under the guidance of Dr. Indranil Ghosh. I  have  completed  MS  in  Cryogenic  Engineering  from  the  same  institute  after  studying  B.E.  in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pune. My research work focuses on the radiation and convective heat transfer studies of high porosity open-cell metal foams as extended heat transfer surfaces. It involves combination of theoretical, experimental as well as computational studies.  

Indian  Institute  of  Technology  Kharagpur  is  the  first  IIT  to  be  established  in  India  in  1951.  It presently ranks third among the top ten engineering institutions of the country. Many famous personalities are our alumni, with one such name being the present Google CEO, Sundar Pichai.

2. What was your presentation/poster about? (brief summary) 

The poster presented at CellMAT 2016 conference was entitled “High porosity open-cell metal foams as extended heat transfer surfaces for space radiative cooling.” It explores a new dimension of applying metallic foams in passive cryogenic radiators. Their porous nature allows thermal radiation  to  penetrate  deeper  in  the  metal  foams  thereby  increasing  the  participating  heat transfer surface area. This characteristic can be useful for obtaining cooling via radiation heat transfer to low temperature deep space by employing metal foams as extended heat transfer surfaces in heat sinks or heat exchangers.  

3.How did you feel when you found out that you won? 

 I was extremely delighted to have received the Poster Award (2 nd  Prize). Since my research work combines  two  different  fields,  that  is  high  porosity  open-cell  metallic  foams  and  cryogenic engineering, each being relatively unknown to the either of the communities, it is at times difficult to convince the research fraternity of its potential. Recognition through this award has induced a confidence in me to take the work forward and showcase its practicality.   

4.What was your experience at the CellMAT Conference? 

 The  CellMAT  2016  conference  was  a  profoundly  knowledgeable  experience  for  me.  The presentations were very informative. I came to know of various interesting applications of open-cell metal foams and the different laboratories involved with it. The topics were segregated in such  a  fashion  that  all  relevant  presentations  could  be  attended.  I  would  like  to  take  this opportunity to thank Prof. Michael Scheffler and Ms. Alexia Ploetz for their warm welcome. Alexia Mam was extremely helpful and patiently addressed my numerous queries making it possible for me to attend this conference. 

5.Which were your favourite lectures and side events? 

 The opening lecture by Prof. Weaire was very motivating. The keynote lectures of Prof. Suzuki (Waseda University, Japan) and Porf. Meinert (IFAM, Dresden) were of particular interest to me. Amongst the invited lectures, I liked that by Herrmann et al. Additionally, the presentations of Hasse et al. (07/09 14:00), Werzner et al. (07/09 17:00), Weise et al. (08/09 09:30), Fussel et al. (08/09 11:10), Moreno et al. (08/09 16:20), Asseko et al. (08/09 17:00), and Dietrich (09/09 09:30) caught my attention.  

Since it was my first visit to Germany, I very much enjoyed the organized tour to the old city of Dresden  especially  the  lively  Christmas  Market  and  hot  wine.  I  loved  the  ambience  of  the conference dinner venue. 

6.What would you like to see in the next CellMAT Conference? 

 As the cellular materials’ research community grows, I am sure duration of conference will have to be increased to include the large number of participants. Also this shall give more time for having fruitful interactions with the participants.  

7.Which is the implication of this prize on your career?

 The prize is a lifelong feather on the cap of my achievements. In today’s world of judgement, such an award does make one’s resume stand out.  

8.Which are your plans for the future? Publications? Working in the Industry? At Universities? 

 After completing my doctoral research I would like to work in a core industry for few years. I feel the exposure of industrial practical problems are necessary to expand one’s knowledge. Perhaps few decades down the line I shall switch to teaching at a university. 

9.Are you thinking to stay in the same branch area or do you plan to expand to other areas? 

 Fortunately,  I  am  working  in  an  inter-disciplinary  branch.  This  gives  me  freedom  to  work  in different thermal engineering disciplines. However, I would love to remain in the field of low temperature cryogenics. 

10.Which other activities do you do apart from Uni? (Hobbies) 

I  am  actively  involved  in my  hall of  residence  administration  and  development.  My  favourite hobby is cooking. Apart from that I like to read non-fictional novels and biographies. Occasionally I do play guitar.