Aditya Nandakumar

Role: Third year Masters (MEng) Materials Science and Engineering student

Subject area: Department of Materials, Faculty of Engineering

Nationality: Indian

I am a Materials student from India and work part-time for the Department of Materials as a Student Ambassador, helping with outreach and recruitment activities. I am also the Senior Analyst for the Information Technology group at QT Capital, the student-run investment fund of the Imperial College Investment Society.



IGCSE: Maths, Additional Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business Studies, Economics, English Language, Hindi

A-level: Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics

• MEng Materials Science and Engineering (in progress), Imperial College London

Detail about Claudia


My project

I did a materials case study project which involved analysing the design of and breaking down a motion sensor LED light to characterise its components and come up with an improved version of the product.


My inspiration

My inspiration

I came across graphene while doing research for a project in high school. I was mesmerised by its properties and versatility in its potential applications. I pursued materials science so I could develop new products and improve existing ones using materials to help society advance.

My STEM hero

Who is your STEM hero?

Nikola Tesla, Serbian-American inventor and engineer. Arguably the most underrated inventor ever. Best known for his role in designing the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

Antibiotic tablets in blister packs

Most significant discovery/invention?

Antibiotics. Their discovery and development has saved so many lives!

Wind turbines

Career options after study

  • Stay in academia to pursue a PhD and become a researcher
  • Various industries including the automobile industry and the renewable energy sector
  • Finance and consulting roles
Formula 1 cars in a race

My hobbies

Watching sports such as football and Formula 1, gaming, and making memes.