Prastuti Singh2013-2014 Chief Funding and Logistics Officer, 2013 Chief Logistics Officer, 2012 Mentor
Prastuti Singh is a senior at Caltech majoring in Physics. She has been involved in community service projects from an early age (elementary school), and continued her involvement through middle school and high school with various projects such as Relay For Life and Deliver Darfur. At Caltech, she is involved with community projects through the Caltech Y and Society of Women Engineers. She especially enjoys those projects which involve interacting with younger kids through a tutoring or mentoring capacity.
Prastuti began getting involved in science and math in middle school through science fair projects and math competitions. She maintained these interests in high school by working as an Undergraduate Research Fellow at Washington State University with Dr. Gary Collins on Nuclear Relaxation of CoGa3 Lattice Structures. She was named an Intel Semi-Finalist for her research paper on this project.
At Caltech, Prastuti worked as an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the summer of 2011 in Prof. Jim Heath’s lab on fabricating a graphene nanomesh to test for electrical and thermal conductivity. She was awarded a scholarship to the Kavli Nanoscience Institute while working on her project. In the summer of 2012, she worked with Dr. Monica Kohler in developing a program that is able to process and analyze earthquake data on various buildings through Southern California. The purpose of the project was to be able to provide the public with easy-to-understand images and animations of a building’s response during an earthquake. Last year, Prastuti worked in Dr. Jim Eisenstein’s lab on ‘cleaning’ the SiO2 wafer surface. Last summer, she worked with Prof. Junqiao Wu at UC Berkeley on understanding the W-doping mechanism in W-doped VO2 nanowires and synthesizing uniformly W-doped VO2 nanowires.