Hemanshi Galaiya was born and raised in Kenya – a country of beautiful landscapes, endless potential and an amalgamate of cultures. From a very young age, she was considered an overachiever (to say the least). Hemanshi’s hunger for knowledge and experiences is ever growing. She is a certified photographer, Victrix in sports at primary and high school, a swimming champion, a former Head-girl, President of various clubs and societies and yet one of the highest scorers in her academic endeavors. In 2015, Hemanshi was awarded two scholarships that propelled her towards a degree in MEng Chemical Engineering at the University of Sheffield.
“With the pace at which the world is growing, we are faced with a big energy and environmental crisis. I believe that as a race we have the collective responsibility to protect what is our only home in this universe. As a global citizen, I wanted to play my role in fulfilling this responsibility. I wanted to work towards producing greener technologies with companies that are serving the correct balance between the economy and the environment. Thus, becoming a Chemical Engineer was my medium to specialize to dedicate my efforts towards discovering a revolution in the field of energy and environment,” says Hemanshi.
In the last four years in college, Hemanshi has worn several hats: from being a part time employee at the University of Sheffield Enterprise (USE), to actively working as a STEM ambassador and a mentor to several young individuals. For the last four years, she has been an International Engineering Ambassador and a Science and Engineering Champion. More recently, Hemanshi finished her tenure as the President of the Women in Engineering Society. Building on her leadership roles, she graduated from the Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA) in 2018. During her time at SELA, she was the Project Manager for the Urban Flow Observatory’s Stakeholder Engagement project – a smart cities project with £2.2 million worth of funding. Hemanshi also co-created a number of projects that were aimed at exciting young individuals about engineering, enterprise and leadership.
More recently, Hemanshi was recognized as a “25 under 25 Young Achiever” at the Crowd Sourcing Week Global Conference 2018, mainly as a result of her dedication to the Women in Engineering initiatives, STEM outreach and education development.
“I hope that one day I can come up with a solution that will change the way in which we exploit resources and the environment so that our environmental footprints are lower than they have ever been. Also, as dramatic and unachievable as it may sound, I often find myself hoping that someday my determination will pave way for discoveries for which I will hopefully bag a Noble Prize too,” says Hemanshi.
Connect with Hemanshi Galaiya on Linked at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hemanshigalaiya/
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