Ananya Mirchandani 

Role: MSci Earth and Planetary Science with a Year Abroad

Subject area: Department of Earth Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Nationality: Indian

I am an Indian national currently enrolled on the MSci Earth and Planetary Science with a Year Abroad (expected graduation 2023). My research interests are geophysically inclined – however, I am looking to explore planetary specialised systems engineering during my year abroad.



GCSE (or equivalent): International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme – Physics, Maths, Chemistry, Geography, Economics

A-level (or equivalent): IB Diploma – Higher: Physics, Maths, Geography; Standard: Chemistry, French, English Language and Literature; Theory of Knowledge, Geography Extended Essay

• MSci Earth and Planetary Science (ongoing)

Detail about Ananya


My research

During the summer of 2021, I will be doing a short research placement focusing on Transition to Zero Pollution. We are looking to develop a model that encourages zero-pollution and water sustainability in the mineral extraction industry. 

My inspiration

My inspiration

In the summer of 2017, I was able to participate in an expedition under the guidance of Dr Ulyana Horodskyj where I studied climate and geology in Iceland. The ability to interact with the world around me while applying maths and physics principles was absolutely thrilling. 

My STEM hero

Who is your STEM hero?

Inge Lehmann, the geophysicist known for discovering the molten inner core. Being fearless in curiosity, Inge's discovery encouraged a host of other developments in other fields.

Seismograph readings

Most significant discovery/invention?

In geophysics, the seismometer. In planetary science, the Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR). This has enabled us to monitor natural hazards such as earthquakes and volcanoes.


Career options after study

Research/academia, carbon analyst, sustainability consultant, data analyst, planetary mission administrator, seismologist, satellite operator, etc.

A gathering of poeple

My hobbies

I absolutely love bringing individuals together in ideation and thus have always been involved in organising a host of community societies and events. I also love hiking and dancing.