Dr Sonali Mohapatra works as Space Quantum Technologies Deputy Lead at the Space Engineering Company, Craft Prospect and has an IAA research fellowship with the University of Strathclyde. With a PhD in quantum gravity and theoretical physics and interdisciplinary experience spanning optics, AI and quantum information, Sonali brings quantum expertise into the space sector. She has previously worked as part of the LIGO Gravitational Wave detector team at Caltech, California. She is currently leading quantum modelling and QKD demonstration as part of the technical team of the upcoming ROKS mission which will be launched in 2022. Along with that she is also researching other early-stage quantum technologies such as QRNGs which can benefit from translation into space applications.
Apart from that, Sonali has extensive experience in the EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) sector, is a board member of QIndia (Quantum India), one of the founding members of the SSLC new voices in Space Group focussing on diversity and inclusion and is the founder of the queer/feminist platform, Carved Voices. Sonali published her first poetry collection, Leaking Ink in 2016 and is currently working on her next manuscript. She is passionate about outreach and regularly writes articles and speaks about her work.