Shruti Sharma Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Published in MIT News on February 13, 2015, by Nora Delaney, GECD Staff Writer and Advisor

Gates Cambridge Scholarship MIT senior Shruti Sharma is one of 40 U.S. recipients of the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship this year. This award will allow her to pursue a PhD in materials and manufacturing engineering at the University of Cambridge, focusing on nanotechnology in the Cavendish Laboratories’ Centre for Nanoscience. She intends to pursue a career in industrial engineering.

Sharma is studying materials science and engineering at MIT, and serves as president of the MIT Undergraduate Association.

Sharma grew up in New Zealand and New Jersey. Inspired by her uncle, a physician who treats landmine victims, she became an activist for amputees in middle school. Partnering with the Campaign to Ban Landmines, among others, Sharma led initiatives to clear landmines in Venezuela.

Sharma’s advocacy for amputees has influenced her research pursuits at MIT and elsewhere. In the laboratory of Hugh Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences, she has helped design multimaterial prosthetic sockets. Sharma has also used 3-D printing to conduct research on low-cost prosthetics, and received an independent grant from the National Science Foundation for work with Professor Jennifer Lewis at Harvard University...

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