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Ayush Gupta


Associate Professor G at Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research


My name is Ayush Gupta and my pronouns are he/him/his and they/them/theirs. I am currently Associate Professor at the Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India (HBCSE-TIFR). Before this, I was Associate Research Professor in Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. I did my Bachelors in Technology (Hons.) from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). I grew up in Kolkata, and my parents are currently living there. I work in physics education research and engineering education research. My initial foray into doing this was through an exploration of how learners categorize concepts like current, and forces, and how even canonically in-correct ideas can be productive for reasoning and science inquiry. I enjoy exploring how learners' emotions and identity are part of the story of how they make sense of and engage with mathematics during problem solving (in physics & engineering course contexts). Lately, I have been interested in the role of ideologies and power in learning, especially in how engineering students think about technology and society; and how we can design more opportunities for macro-ethical reasoning within STEM learning environments. Much of my research involves making sense of video-records of learners' interactions.



  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, MD, USA. (2006)
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Interaction of Intense Short Laser Pulses with Gases of Nanoscale Atomic and Molecular Clusters
  • B.Tech. (Hons.), Electronics and Electrical Communications Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India.
  • UG Dissertation Title: Mutual coupling between two waveguide fed apertures (2000)

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