Ankita won the award for the thesis in “Computer vision and textural analysis for characterization of X-ray images of rocks”.
Ankita is following in the steps of her father who is a Chemical Engineer. Her strong publication record and previous data-science Internships enabled her to gain employment as a Graduate Data Scientist with the PACE analytics team at Rio Tinto.
During her undergraduate studies, Ankita was involved in many co-curricular activities including being an: Engineering Peer Mentor, Academic Tutor for ENGG1811, Environment Volunteer at Stationery Reuse Centre, and a Petroleum Engineering Student Ambassador. She was also a part of the university team that participated in the Petro Bowl Championship in Dubai during the SPE Conference aiding the school to secure one of the top 8 universities positions.
Before starting her PhD, Ankita was the secretary for the first Australian meeting of Interpore conference in 2016. Towards the end of her PhD, she got involved with the Digital Rocks Portal, an open-source repository for rock images where she contributes to promote the monthly newsletter.
Ankita also has a younger sister who is a student at UNSW Medicine currently studying a Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine making her family a high achieving one.
We spoke to Ankita regarding her award, new role at Rio Tinto and her time at UNSW.
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