Rhythima Shinde is Best Graduate of TPM
The faculty congratulates Rhythima Shinde who has been chosen as TPM’s Best Graduate 2018. With this nomination she is now also a contender in the Best Graduate ceremony of TU Delft, that is about to take place on 6 November.
Rhythima Shinde completed two master’s programmes within two years: MSc Engineering and Policy Analysis (EPA, with Honours), including field work in India, and MSc Computer Science, including a graduate project at ETH Zurich. Her career as an Honours student at Delft furthermore included an active board membership of the Energy Club, the publication of several journal papers and a book chapter, various student assistantships to support cybersecurity and open-data research, and the development of MOOCs. She also co-founded a start-up company ‘Energy Bazaar’, where she now puts her research findings and recommendations to immediate use.
Rhythima graduated from MSc EPA on ‘electrifying rural India through institutional innovation’. Her thesis was rewarded with a grade 9.5. She executed empirical research in India and developed an institutional innovation framework to analyse her empirical findings, furthering Nobel prize winner Elinor Ostrom’s work. She built various agent-based computational models to verify her framework and then, through this framework and her models, she identified feasible and durable system designs and policy alternatives for electrifying rural India. She more than proved her mastery of all skills that make her a true Delft-trained policy analyst: providing computationally strong, empirically-sound engineering solutions for solving society’s critical issues.
“Rhythima’s career in Delft is nothing short of impressive and she may be the ultimate example of a scientifically driven, intelligent, broadly-interested, entrepreneurial, socially responsible engineer, with a demonstrable impact on science and society,” says the Graduation committee, consisting of prof. Paulien Herder, dr Amineh Ghorbani, dr Martijn Warnier.
About Best Graduate
At the Best Graduate 2018 award ceremony the nominees of the eight faculties present a pitch on their graduation project. The nominee who is most successful in convincing the judging panel is awarded the title of ‘Best Graduate’. All are welcome to join the ceremony on Tuesday 6 November. It starts at 16.00 hours in the TU Delft Aula Conference Centre. The reception will start at 18.00 in the Teaching Lab, Pulse Building. Please register in advance.