After her husband won the Eureka Award a year prior, Madhu Bhaskaran won the same award this year. Sharath Sriram and Madhu Bhaskaran are the proud winners of Eureka award- the most prestigious award in Australia. They both hail from Chennai, India. Eureka Award is given to the people who work in the field of science- including research work, journalism, innovation, etc.
THE SCOOP- MADHU
Madhu Bhaskaran is the first Indian women to receive such an honour and win the prestigious award. She works in the field of wearable electronics that include smartwatches, fitness trackers etc. She got the award in ‘Outstanding Early Career Researcher’ category.
She worked as a researcher in developing electronic skin to help in the healthcare sector. Over the past five years, she spent her time in working on devising ways of using stretchable oxides for the transparent, unbreakable and resilient devices. This research work led to the production of electronic skin type transparent devices.
The devices can be used for detecting hazardous gases in the mines along with fighting skin cancer. She feels extremely happy that her efforts have paid off and her work has seen the limelight.
After winning the award, she has made contact with some industry ventures for commercialising the wearable electronics. She states that her research work has led her to venture out into new fields like an optical field. She believes that their research can lead to the production of smart contact lenses which would be flat and more technologically easy to wear.
THE SCOOP- SHARATH
Sharath Sriram won the award in 2016 while Madhu Bhaskaran won it in 2017. They met each other in Coimbatore while she was working on her engineering degree. Their similar interests, goals, ambitions got them together to fly to Australia for making a career.
Sharath won the award in the field of Emerging Leader category. He did research work in developing a memory cell which can mimic human brain electronic aspects. This, in turn, is helping in treating the neurological problems like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease where the brain function slows down.
Both of them have managed to make India proud in the respective fields. The couple has made India proud. Both of them have no plans of returning to India since they have got permanent jobs in Australia.