MIT Kavli Institute Directory

Akshata Krishnamurthy

Graduate Student

Akshata Krishnamurthy is a second year PhD student in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, specializing in Space Systems Engineering. She was awarded the Faculty for the Future Fellowship award from 2014-2016 by the Schlumberger Foundation to pursue a doctoral degree at MIT Aero-Astro. She is now working on the design and fabrication of precision instrumentation for the measurement of absolute quantum efficiency of the CCD detectors for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission.

Honors and awards: 

Awarded Zonta International 2018 Amelia Earhart Fellowship on May 9, 2018. The Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to up to 30 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering.

Recipient of the 2017 Luigi G. Napolitano Award at the closing ceremony of the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia. "The Luigi G. Napolitano Award is presented annually by the International Astronautical Federation to a young scientist, below 30 years of age, who has significantly contributed to the advancement of the aerospace science and has given a paper at the IAC on the contribution.”