“Do something because you really want to do it. If you’re doing it just for the goal, and don’t enjoy the path, then I think you’re cheating yourself.” Dr. Kalpana Chawla
KALPANA CHAWLA - the first Indian-born woman in space is Tagore Baal Niketan’s most famous alumni.
Born in Karnal in 1962, she completed her schooling from Tagore in 1976. Kalpana went on to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh in 1982 and moved to the United States the same year where she obtained a Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering from University of Texas, 1984 and her PhD in Aerospace Engineering from University of Colorado in 1988.
In 1988 she began working at NASA in the area of research on Vertical/Short Takeoff and Landing concepts. Kalpana held a Certificated Flight Instructor rating for airplanes, gliders and Commercial Pilot licenses for single and multi-engine airplanes, seaplanes and gliders.