The Board of the Schlumberger Foundation has awarded the prestigious Schlumberger Faculty for the Future Fellowship for the year 2015 to Mrs. Sujata Pal of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. This fellowship supports women scientists and engineers from the developing world to pursue postgraduate studies at the leading universities worldwide. The Foundation has awarded new fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year to 155 women, and has also extended 135 existing grants. The selected recipients are pursuing Ph.D. or post-doctoral studies at 114 host universities in 17 countries, performing research into a wide range of disciplines related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Sujata has submitted her PhD thesis at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. Her research area is Cooperation in Opportunistic Mobile Networks. She was awarded a Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) Research Scholarship for four years to enable her to pursue the Ph.D. degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. At Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur she has worked with Prof. Sudip Misra in the SWAN group of the Information Technology department. She received her M. Tech degree from West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata, India in 2007, in the area of Multimedia and Software System and Bachelor degree with Distinction in Computer Science and Engineering from North Orissa University, Orissa, India in 2002. She has almost six years of teaching experience as an Assistant Professor in two different engineering colleges, in their Information Technology and Computer Science departments. Sujata's publication record shows that she has well-rounded research experience, with publications in high quality international journals, conferences, a book chapter, and a book.
Sujata will be joining the University of Waterloo, Canada in the fall of 2015 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Computer Engineering. Her post-doctoral research works at Waterloo will be in the area of Cooperative Caching in Content-Centric Opportunistic Mobile Networks. She has been awarded an annual grant of US$ 40,000 for her post-doctoral work by the Schlumberger Foundation. After completion of her studies, she will return to her home country and join a teaching and research institute.