Meet the Team: Summer Student Ishan Mishra

Today we have the next post in our Meet the Comet Hunters Team series. This time we’re featuring  Ishan Mishra who will be working on Comet Hunters this summer as part of the ASIAA Summer Student Program.


What is your current position and where/institution?

I recently graduated (May 2016) from the Indian Institute of Technology in Guwahati, India, with a major in Electronics and Communications Engineering.

Where are you originally from/where did you grow up?

I’m from India and grew up partly in the east Indian state of Jharkhand and partly in the west Indian state of Gujarat.

What interested you in the ASIAA summer student program?

During my first visit to Taiwan in 2015 (as a summer student at NCU), I attended an astrobiology seminar at ASIAA. I loved the institute and its people and hence applied to its summer student program. 

Having volunteered for some citizen science projects in the past, I feel the opportunity to know and be part of the behind-the-scenes work for Comet Hunters is just too cool!

Why are you interested in main-belt comets?

My primary field of interest is astrobiology and one of the greatest mysteries in the field is the origin of water on Earth. Main Belt Comets promise to be interesting tools to solve the problem.

Name one hobby of yours?

Listening to and playing music (on my guitar) from the Classic Rock/Rock n Roll era.

What is the most recent tv show you have watched?

Modern Family

What is your favorite movie?

The Man From Earth

What is the latest book you have read?

Dragons of Eden by Carl Sagan
The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
Who is your favorite singer/band/musical artist?
Pink Floyd

What are five of the top ten most played songs on your iTunes/spotify/etc playlist?

Comfortably Numb (live at Pulse) – Pink Floyd

Spirit of the Radio – Rush

While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles

Deform to Form a Star – Steven Wilson

Baba O’ Riley – The Who

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I share my birthday with Galileo.

Favorite cocktail or beverage?


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