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Ratih Fitria Putri from Universitas Gadjah Mada Wins Prestigious Schlumberger Foundation Fellowship Award for 2017

ratih,2A lecturer, Ratih Fitria Putri, Faculty of Geography, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, who received an Excellent PhD Research Award in 2014 in under Chiba University Japan has again won the highly esteemed Schlumberger Faculty for The Future Fellowship award for the academic year 2017. The fellowships are awarded to outstanding, talented women from developing and emerging countries to pursue PhD and Postdoctoral studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at leading universities worldwide.

As a Schlumberger Faculty for The Future Fellow, Ratih Fitria Putri’s Award is to support her research in the Chiba University on Land Deformation Disaster Mitigation Formulation: new approaches to Geoscience formulation for Land Disaster Management, environmental monitoring and sustainability. As a fellow, Ratih receives a grant of up to $50,000 per year (up to 3 Years) to support her research on Land Subsidence. Ratih, who is from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, started studying environmental geography science as an undergraduate and master student at Faculty of Geography, GadjahMada University, where she became concerned about the Monitoring Land Subsidence and Landslide Hazard Using Differential Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar Technique Observed with TerraSAR-X & ALOS PALSAR as Comparison of L Band, X Band and GPS Data Analysis for Indonesia Hazard Mapping.

“The natural disasters are increasing in their frequency and catastrophic impact in Indonesia. The availability of natural disaster database is still lacking in tropical regions, since mapping natural disaster over a large area requires a great deal of time and funding”, Ratih said. “The target areas of the study are in tropical region of Jakarta Urban Area in Jakarta Province and Kayangan Catchment Area in Yogyakarta Special Province, Indonesia. Indonesia is prone to natural disaster due to its position of being squeezed geologically by three major world plates and this fact makes Indonesia one of the most dangerous countries regarding natural disasters. Local governments and responsible bodies are not able to monitor the area because of the lack of spatial information supporting the decision making regarding the land condition”. The lack of detailed and accurate susceptibility maps make it generally quite difficult to evaluate the extent of area affected by floods or landslides. Ratih is working to explains the ability and advantages of DInSAR as an efficient and cost-effective method compared to conventional ground survey for disaster monitoring in tropical area, especially landslides and land subsidence. “In her first year as a Ph.D. student, Ratih mastered the use differential interferometric synthetic aperture radar method in SAR satellite data”, said Ratih’s research advisor JosaphatTetuko, a professor in the Division Earth Information Science at Information Processing and Computer Science Department, and the director of the Josaphat Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (JMRSL), Chiba University, Japan.

Ratih is also being advised by Hiroaki Kuze, a professor of the Division Earth Information Science at Information Processing and Computer Science Department. Both Josaphat and Kuze are members of CEReS (Center for Environmental Remote Sensing (CEReS), Chiba University, who has contributed to the Japan science community of environmental studies through archiving, processing and disseminating satellite data since its establishment as a national cooperative research center in 1995.

“JMRSL is highly interdisciplinary. People are doing GPS and antenna study, satellite  and disaster field study, satellite image processing computational modeling and develop unmanned Autonomous Vehicle  (UAV) research,” Ratih said. “My research will reveal the ability and advantages of DInSAR as efficient and cost-effective method for subsidence disaster monitoring in tropical area which were caused by natural disaster and human activities. The important of this research are used for prevention and preparedness, to assess the scope of potential disasters and help mitigate damage that could occur.”

The Schlumberger Foundation is a non-profit entity that supports Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Recognizing the link between science, technology, and socioeconomic development, as well as the key role of education in realizing individual potential, the Schlumberger Foundation flagship program is Faculty for the Future. The program also has an extended mission to encourage community building through in-person forums, with the objective to create an international community of women leaders who will support scientific development and act as change agents in their home countries. Applicants are chosen via a rigorous selection process based on academic performance, outstanding references, research relevance, and commitment to teaching as well as the ability to be a change agent and inspire other young women into STEM pursuits.

The United Nations notes that women pursuing tertiary education are significantly under-represented in the fields of science and engineering. A key objective of the Faculty for the Future program is that Fellows return to their home countries to continue their research and teaching, in turn becoming advocates for public policy in their scientific domain of expertise and laying the groundwork for change in regard to women in STEM in their home region.

Since its launch in 2004, 635 women from 81  emerging countries have received Faculty for the Future fellowships to pursue advanced graduate studies at top universities abroad. The program’s long-term goal is to generate conditions that result in more women pursuing academic careers in STEM disciplines.

“We are delighted to see the Faculty for the Future Fellowships program continue to attract so many talented women,” says Roseline Chapel, who has recently been appointed President of the Foundation. “It is exhilarating to see a large increase in the number of highly qualified women scientists and engineers reaching to the Foundation for support. Most of them have had to overcome many challenges to get where they are, and their motivation to pursue their research, play an active role in their home countries’ development, and pave the way for more young women to follow, is a major source of inspiration to us”. Women have historically been under-represented in STEM in many countries. We launched the Faculty for the Future program a decade ago based on a conviction that the lack of female role models was a major roadblock to women pursuing scientific and engineering careers. We are committed to help increase the gender diversity in advanced technical disciplines.



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