By Carrie Martin
As a girl growing up in Delhi, India, summer intern Titiksha Singh watched her father, an electrical engineer, work extremely hard in the power sector.
In addition to India, their family of five lived in Germany, Austria and Qatar, where Singh saw how her father’s work had a positive impact on society. From a young age, inspired by her father’s efforts, Singh was drawn toward innovation and engineering.
Singh came to the United States in 2018 to pursue her education at the University at Buffalo. At 20 years old, she is an undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering with a concentration in manufacturing and mathematics. “I love it here,” Singh said. “This is a place of opportunities, and I am so grateful for it.”
While she enjoys working out and cooking, her primary focus has always been all things pertaining to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
“I am extremely passionate about innovating, designing and manufacturing models that will help create an efficient and energy-sustainable world,” Singh said. “I really enjoy mathematical algorithms and problem-solving.”
Singh is a perfect match to work in LLNL’s Atmospheric, Earth, & Energy division, where, under the mentorship of Michael Homel, she is working on a project to develop new biocements that significantly reduce the carbon footprint of cement production through the introduction of microbes that enable direct carbonization of the cement microstructure.
“The fact that everything that happens in this world can be justified with the help of scientific reasoning has always fascinated me. For me, science is the answer to everything. Physical laws and phenomena apply to everything on this planet and there is so much the world can achieve with the help of technology. These factors keep adding to my passion and interest in engineering,” she said.
As a woman in STEM, Singh has faced some challenges, which is why she is an advocate for other women in STEM. She is actively involved in the Phi Rho sorority and serves as secretary for the University at Buffalo’s Society of Women Engineers.
“Seeing other women pursue their goals in the STEM field inspired me to want to help others and pursue my own interests as a woman that supports other women in engineering,” she said. “There are a lot of stereotypes surrounding women in a STEM workplace. These stereotypes cause younger women to not want to pursue degrees or occupations in this field. I hope to inspire and help young women pursue STEM-related careers to actively increase women involvement in STEM and help them grow, explore and succeed. I wish to show younger women how STEM impacts the world and I want them to experience it.”
Along the way, Singh has learned about teamwork, friendship and the power of communication. “I have learned how important it is to be able to articulate your thoughts,” she said. “I have learned that whatever happens, it is always important to take risks and explore all the possibilities. It is important to be patient. I have learned that time and tide wait for no man. It is very important to manage time and keep working hard.”
Through her work as a teaching assistant in the Mathematics Department at the University at Buffalo, Singh discovered that she also loves teaching. “I am really passionate about teaching, sharing ideas and connecting with people on subjects of curiosity. I aspire to become a professor and teach thousands of students across the globe.”