Dr Mudrika Khandelwal is currently an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering at IIT Hyderabad. Mudrika has been working to develop scientific solutions for societal problems (many of which are part of the SDGs, declared by the UN and priorities of the Indian Government) including antimicrobial materials for food packaging and controlling infectious diseases, materials for energy storage, and environmental remediation, using sustainable nanofibrous cellulosic materials. Her lab has developed food packaging materials which can keep tomatoes fresh for 30 days and herbal antimicrobial materials to prevent the most common fungal infection. Her group has incubated to take forward this technology. Earlier she has done her bachelors and masters of technology from IIT Bombay and Doctorate at University of Cambridge, UK. Her work has received the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation award in 2016. She is also the nominated and elected fellow to Indian National Young academy of Sciences and member to National Academy of Sciences, India. Recently, she has received the prestigious Young Engineer Award from Indian National Academy of Engineers.