Priyanka Das Rajkakati
Indian-born French living in France
Dr. Priyanka Rajkakati is an Indian-born French Aerospace engineer (Ph.D.) and “Space artist”, working at the intersection of art, science and society, focused on actionable sustainability (and diversity) practices in the space industry. Hailing ethnically from the north-east Indian state of Assam, she has travelled extensively to explore how traditional cultures and art could contribute towards [sustainable] space exploration. One of her demonstrative art-tech projects is titled Bhedadipika, an artwork that was sent on board the International Space Station in 2022, as part of the Moon Gallery project.
She obtained a bachelor in physics from St Stephen’s, Delhi, and then studied engineering at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, completing her studies with an industrial Ph.D. in GNSS technology from ISAE-Supaero funded by Safran. She then co-founded The Exploration Company, where she kickstarted the GNC team and then worked as an advisor for a year while in parallel, she researched independently on space-based flood mitigation techniques in Assam. Most recently, she founded Atelier Arth, her own tech-driven art&design studio which works on solutions that aims to bridge the gap between cutting-edge technologies and the end-user.
Actively involved in STEAM outreach, she has won numerous awards such Forbes India 30 under 30, the Karman Fellowship and the India Today’s list of Next 100 Innovators under 40.