Dr. Bhairavi Shankar, Founder
Welcome! I am a Space Scientist, an independent research scientist and founder of Indus Space based in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and offering virtual learning to kids and teens nationwide.
I work in a field that combines both space science, geography, and geological analyses. In particular, I use a combination of spatial (location based) and spectral (light interaction) data collected from satellite missions to determine the geological history of planetary surfaces. This analysis is possible using remote sensing and cartographic GIS techniques. Previously, my research topics have focused on characterizing the morphologies of impact craters on several planetary bodies (Earth, Moon, Venus) using data fusion techniques.
Beyond research, I love to communicate the marvels of space science with the general public through outreach and education initiatives. As a GIS user, I am constantly exploring different ways to incorporate GIS tools and visualization techniques to share it with GIS users and learners!
As a woman in the Space/STEM fields, and of South Asian background, I value opportunities to promote the role of all women in STEM and to inspire future generations to join the STEM community. I am chairperson of Lotus STEMM, and serve on the council for the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Toronto Centre.
Please connect with me to discuss programming options. I'd love to speak with you.