Biography

1) Apurva Jakhadi is a Space Educator, based in Nashik, India. She has done her B.E. Electronics & Telecommunication, from G.I.T., (VTU, Belgaum). She is a Life Member of IEI, IETE, CSI and is also a Chartered Engineer.
2) She is presently the Special Invitee of the apex, National Organisation that is,'The Institution of Electronics & Telecommunication Engineers' (IETE Nashik Sub-Centre) and Past Secretary of IETE, 'The Institution of Engineers' (IEI Nashik Local Centre); and 'Computer Society of India' (CSI Nashik Chapter). Moreover, she is the first Lady Secretary of IEI, IETE & CSI Local Chapters.
3) She has earlier worked as a Senior Project Engineer at 'Rishabh Instruments', Satpur, Nashik; in Electrical Instrumentation - Digital Multimeters & Transducers Division.
4) Moreover, she is presently the Director of family owned business firm - 'Shree Engineers', Ambad, Nashik; which is involved in manufacturing components for Defence & Aerospace industries; including DRDO, HAL, TAL, L&T Aerospace & Defense, Godrej; and also in Lift panels & components.
5) Presently, she has been appointed as a Member of Board of Advisors for Space Settlement, at Lifeboat Foundation, USA. She has been appointed as a Member of Technical Advisory Committee of Planetarium by Nashik Municipal Corporation- NMC. Recently, she is also appointed as an Advisor to Space Development Nexus (SDNx) and as its National Coordinator, Mission Kalpana (dedicated to NASA Astronaut of Indian origin- Late Dr.Kalpana Chawla).
6) Moreover, she is also nominated as a Member of Advisory Committee of Editorial Board by Lokmat Media Group, Nashik.
7) Also, she is the first Nashikite to visit NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and the 'U.S. Space & Rocket Center' (Alabama, USA) in June 2010.
8) She is also a Member of the International Organisations: Member-U.N. Space Generation Advisory Council (UN-SGAC), in support of UN-PSA, Vienna, Austria; Member-National Space Society, Washington D.C., (NSS) USA; Member-Planetary Resources, USA; Member (Board of Advisors : Space Settlement)-Lifeboat Foundation, USA; Volunteer-U.N. World Space Week Association (WSWA), Houston, USA.
9)Achievements & Recognitions :
1) Felicitated with 'Lady Engineers Award' in Sept 2000 by The Institution of Engineers (IEI), Nashik Local Centre, and in March 2008 by 'The Institution of Engineers' (IEI) Maharashtra State Centre, Mumbai.
2) Felicitated with 'Lady Entrepreneur Award' in Sept 2010 by Sakal Group, Nashik.
3) Felicitated by Nashik Municipal Corporation at Womens' Forum, on the International Womens'Day functions in 2010, 2011.
4) Felicitated with 'Nav Durga Puraskar' by 'Divya Marathi / Dainik Bhaskar Group', Nashik in October 2013 and also,
'Entrepreneur of the Year 2014' in June 2014. 5) Felicitated with 'Lokmat Sakhi Award' by 'Lokmat Media Group', Nashik in October 2016.
6) Also, felicitated with 'Corporate Excellence Award' by 'Suryadatta Group of Institutes', Pune in February 2017.
7) As a NASA Space Educator; a Space Ambassador, Science Communicator & as a Member of UN-Space Generation Advisory
Council (SGAC), UN PSA, Vienna, Austria since 2010, she has delivered around 800 plus 'Lectures and Popular Talks' on 'Space Science & Technology', in various High Schools, Junior Colleges, Polytechnics & Engineering Colleges, all over India.
8) Moreover, since last 5 years, she is the Coordinator for the UN declared World Space Week (UN WSW) program.
9) Also, she has contributed towards reviving and upgrading Nashik Municipal Corporation's (NMC) -Yashwantrao Chavan Planaterium, Nashik's Tarangan.
10) She was invited as Guest Speaker @ various Chapters / Centres of 'The Institution of Engineers, IEI' - Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Pune & Mumbai Centres on many occasions. Also, she has delivered motivational talks to the Diversity wings and the Women Engineers of Bosch Ltd. Nashik in March 2015 and also at Mahindra & Mahindra, Nashik in March 2016. She was also a member of panel discussion during a One-day session on 'International Women's Day' event, organised by Nashik Engineering Cluster - NEC in March 2016. Moreover, she was also felicitated by former US and German Ambassador
Mrs Meera Shankar, IFS during this function. 11) She regularly contributes to articles on Space Science/Technology, Educational columns in leading English & Marathi newspapers; for increasing public awareness and encouraging students, youngsters to take-up Aerospace Engineering & Space Technology as careers.
12) Also, she is regularly invited on various Radio & TV Channels for panel discussions and interviews during important events, especially during launches of ISRO, NASA, ESA & of other Space Agencies.
13) Since last decade, she has been a Jury Member for umpteen Project Competitions for Polytechnics, Engineering Colleges & also for Science Project Contests for High Schools; including DIPEX, Karmaveer Expo, M&M's AWIM Competition.
14) During her tenure as the first lady Secretary of 'The Institution of Engineers', IEI Nashik Local Centre; for the first time in its history of 27 years, it bagged the "Best Centre Award" for 2014-15 at the National Engineering Congress,Guwahati in Dec. 2015.
15) She was felicitated with 'Samaj Gaurav Puraskar' by 'Akhil Brahman Madhyavarti Sansthan' Nashik in December 2018.
16) Also, she was recently felicitated with 'Nav Durga Puraskar' by 'Kalika Mandir Sansthan' Nashik in March 2019.
17) Apurva was recently invited at SRM University, Chennai as one of the panelist during 'Aaruush-2019' Industrial Conclave on 27 & 28th Sept.
18) Also, she was invited by Dassault Systemes, SolidWorks Pune, at 'Aakruti-2019' National Product Design Competition, as a Jury Member for the final round on 3rd Oct. 20) Delivered umpteen webinars/ seminars/ talks on 'Space & Defense' related topics, during the pandemic phase; especially on various platfoms, hosted by chapters of well-known organisations viz.- IEI, IET, IEEE, IETE, CSI, ISF, ISTE, AeSI, etc; for students and Corporate Members.
21) She is also nominated by SPPU (Pune University), as an External Examiner (Industry Expert) for Project Evaluation for B.E./ B.Tech., M.E./Tech, M.S. & PG Conferences for Electronics & Telecommunication, Industrial Engineering & Instrumentation courses.
22) Moreover, she is extremely proud to state that, her students have graduated from the best global Universities including- International Space University France (ISU), Cranfield Unviversity UK, Caltech USA, Georgia Tech USA, MIT USA etc to name a few among them; and they are well-placed at world-renowned Defense & Aerospace organisations including- NASA JPL, ISRO - India, DRDO- India, Aeronautical Defence Agency- ADA India, National Aerospace Laboratories-NAL India, CSIR- India, etc.