My name is Samartha Chaitanya Ram Mohan. I'm from India. I go to the University of Illinois at Chicago where I am a Masters in Mechanical Engineering candidate.
What got you interested in sustainability?
The idea of sustainability did not come through to me till I started working on a couple of projects regarding ‘Biofuels’ in my Undergraduate studies. The work made me realize how much of a benefit sustainable engineering can make at a macro level economically. India’s economy coming off from major employment, in the agriculture industry. Agriculture has been the foci for policies and laws. There will always be a pressing need to make efforts inclined towards creating a self-sustainable energy model for farmers.
What sustainability, energy, and mobility issues are important to you?
For me it has been about reducing the dependence on fossil fuels. Though there are efforts being done by government bodies enforcing standards on the automotive sector to increase economy and curb pollution. There has to be something made drastically to switch in sourcing our energy needs for the automotive sector, and also focusing it on being renewable.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
Right now I have been researching on implementing of ethanol blends in Gasoline powered passenger vehicles for five major cities globally. I work on researching driving patterns, vehicle technologies, and emissions technologies. With the present data, a prospective model for fuel consumption, and tailpipe emissions are mapped, and the suggestions foe blending are released.
What are your plans for the next five years?
I’m halfway through Grad school, and I wish to work for an automotive company aligned with my interests in renewable fuel technologies. I wish to work on multi-level projects, and hope to fit in my engineering skills in innovating new technologies.
What made you want to apply to SISE?
SISE to me resembles something close to a working group. When people from different endeavors are collaborating together, it is a very unique opportunity for me to interact and add my two cents to the conversation.
What are you most looking forward to doing in the city?
This is my first year in Chicago, though I have done all my fair share of seeing things as a tourist. I look forward to catching a couple of Cubs and Bears games, and a few summer concerts- if SISE participants from outside Chicago can stick around for a couple of days more, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 goes down in Grant park on August 18th.
Do you like cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
Not so much. I’m more of a dog person, but I could learn to like cats.