Gita Pendharkar | Lecturer

Gita Pendharkar, Lecturer, RMIT

Gita is currently working as a Lecturer at the College of Vocational Education, RMIT & an adjunct researcher in the Department of Computer Systems & Electrical Engineering at Monash University, Melbourne. She has led & introduced innovative teaching & learning practices in education for 30 years in India, Africa, Australia, and America.
Gita has introduced Industry Relevant “Project Based Learning” at RMIT and supervises projects within the TAFE, undergraduate & post graduate levels using emerging technologies in electrical/electronics, biomedical engineering and education sectors.
After migrating to Australia in 2000, Gita completed Masters in Electrical & Electronics from Melbourne University and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Monash University both on scholarship. She completed her post-doc research at the University of Delaware, in the USA in 2013 after receiving the Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship Award.
Gita has won multiple national awards through which she has established interdisciplinary research collaborations locally and overseas and have contributed to a wide range of journal, conference papers and book chapters. Gita has received number of grants for teaching & learning & is a reviewer of journals in biomedical engineering.
Gita has inspired many local and international students, women, and new migrants to pursue higher education and continues to do so. She has established industry collaborations & volunteers to present to the local community, at schools in Australia & India to educate the school students with cutting edge technology & the safe use of technology.
Due to Gita’s expertise in engineering and established background in advocating women she had led “Women in STEM” project, at RMIT from 2018- 2020.

Academic Awards:
• Women in Industry Award Winner (Mentor of the Year 2018), Australia.
• Sir Keith Murdoch Fellow- American Australian Association Fellowship Award (2012) – Australia.
• Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) Innovative Program Award (2011), Australia.
• International Specialized Skills Institute (ISSI) Fellowship Award (2009), Australia
• Teaching Award – November 2008, TAFE Initiative of the Year, RMIT University, Australia.
• Monash - King’s College London Award – 2006, Monash University, Australia.
• Award Certificate for TOP 50 Courses - November 2009, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

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