Astrophysicist Anjali Tripathi from California and Physician Tina R Shah are the Indian-American women selected for the prestigious White House Fellow program for working at the highest levels of the US federal government and their sense of participation in national affairs. This Program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B Johnson.
The Indian-American women selected are among the 16 White House Fellows appointed from across the nation for the year 2016-17.
Ms. Tripathi, of Harvard University has been involved in modelling the Milky Way and the search for dark matter, she has emphasized on the formation and evolution of planets. She has pioneered the description of planet forming environments and has developed the first 3D simulations of planets. She has conducted research of particle physics, seismology and engineering at Fermilab, Caltech, MIT, and NASA JPL, as part of the mission operations team for the Mars Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Ms. Tripathi will receive her Ph.D in Astronomy from Harvard, as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She received M.Phil in Astronomy from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar.
Ms. Shah is a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician-scientist. She has received a BS and an MD from the Pennsylvania State University/Jefferson Medical College a six- year medical program and MPH from Harvard. Throughout her career, she has focused on healthcare and delivery for patients with chronic diseases. She reformed the care cycle for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), intensely reducing hospital readmissions.
Founded in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson, the White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.