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Nikita Hari PhD

Head of Teaching and Design Support Group


Dr Nikita Hari is the Head of Teaching and Design Support Group at the Department of Engineering, University of Oxford.

A multi-award-winning interdisciplinary Engineer with more than a decade of integrated global career record spanning industry, start-ups and higher education.

Nikita holds a doctorate in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and was a Faculty for Future Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford.

A TEDx speaker and Co-founder of two Edtech companies, Nikita is a champion for STEM and serves as a strategic advisor, influencing policy and systems across governments, startups, and universities.

Holding key roles such as CTO/Director/Co-founder and as the innovation and enterprise lead of UK's first industry-based university, her career journey is defined by leading transformative initiatives in engineering and education.

A passionate advocate for Engineering, Nikita’s vision is to engage, educate and inspire the next wave of changemakers, innovators, and leaders to engineer a better and sustainable future.

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Awards and Prizes

  • UCL Global Engagement Fund, 2023
  • Listed in ’Engineers Making a Difference’ Book by Imperial College London and Gatsby Foundation, 2023
  • Dyson, ‘Bringing Learning to Life’, 2022
  • Listed in the ‘Top 50 Global Indian Women, 2021’
  • EPSRC GaN Power Electronics Challenge Runner-up, 2019’
  • Named ‘Clinton Global Changemaker, Class 2018’
  • Finalist, IET Young Women Engineer in UK, 2018
  • ‘Top 50 Women in Engineering in UK Under 35’- WES & UNESCO, 2017
  • DevelopHer Educational Entrepreneur Award for Women in Tech in Cambridgeshire, 2017
  • EPSRC Annual Power Electronics Best Research Award 2017, 2016
  • Hult Prize Social Enterprise Competition Regionals Runner Up, 2015
  • Finalist, ‘Forbes 30 Under 30’ (Science in Europe Category) & British Indian in Science, 2015
  • Schlumberger Faculty for Future Fellowship
  • Google Europe Scholarship
  • Cambridge Nehru Scholarship

Public Engagement and Impact:

  • 60+ keynotes and 100+ global outreach talks to date, addressing c. 120k people in total and mentoring 100+ students across the globe.
  • TEDx speaker for University of Cambridge (2018), notably delivered ‘AI: Making or Breaking Education’.

Key Elected/Invited roles:

  • Steering Committee Engineering Professors’ Council (EPC) Research, Innovation & Knowledge Transfer (RIKT) Network; Curriculum and Capacity Building European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI).
  • Pedagogical Advisory Board, Proprep, SRM University Teaching and Learning Directorate
  • Panelist,MIT Technology Review - USA

Research Interests

My research interests and skills have involved in the years to become more multi and inter-disciplinary in nature branching into Engineering Practice, Policy and Pedagogy.

Current research interests are multi-disciplinary spanning technical and pedagogical research areas in gallium nitride power electronics, machine learning for electronics applications, engineering net-zero and systems approach to innovation of engineering education integrating pedagogy, policy and practice.

Personal Research

Current Projects

  • Systems Approach to Engineering Education 
  • Reimagining the Engineering Education Pedagogy 
  • Gallium Nitride Power Electronic Systems using Machine Learning.
  • Thinking and Learning to be an Engineer using EHoM (Engineering Habits of Mind)

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