Tirthak Saha

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Tirthak Saha
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BornTirthak Saha
(1992-02-04) February 4, 1992 (age 30)
New Delhi, India
🏳️ NationalityIndian
🏫 EducationDrexel University
💼 Occupation
Grid Modernization Engineer
Member, Forbes 30 Under 30
Grid Modernization Engineer, American Electric Power
🏅 AwardsForbes 30 Under 30
🌐 Websitehttps://tirthaksaha.com/

Tirthak Saha is an Indian engineer and scientist living and working in the United States. Saha’s research and work primarily focuses on modernizing the electrical grid and related energy infrastructure. Saha is a 2018 recipient of the Forbes 30 Under 30 title and award in the Energy category[1] and currently works as a Grid Modernization Engineer at American Electric Power, the first in the company's history.[2][3]

Early Life & Education[edit]

Tirthak Saha was born in New Delhi, India on February 4, 1992. He attended St. Columba's School, Delhi and graduated high school in 2010. He then joined Manipal University in Karnataka, India for a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering. During his time there he was awarded a silver medal for Electrical Engineering (2011, 2012)[4] and was elected to be the Editor-in-Chief of the International Center for Applied Sciences’ magazine[4]

In 2012, he also won the Indian Government’s Union Ministry of Earth Science’s National Award for Art.[5]

He transferred to Drexel University in 2013 and graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 2016.

NASA Project[edit]

In 2014, Saha was involved in a team from Drexel University that developed Origami-based solar panel designs for CubeSats for NASA’s Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium.[6][2] Later that year, Saha developed a plan for in-situ energy generation and storage for a Martian habitat.[7] This was a part of Drexel University’s 2015 entry to the NASA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) competition. The project was selected as one of the 16 national finalists and Saha’s team presented their research, including a technical paper and poster, to a panel of NASA and industry experts in Cocoa Beach, Florida[8][9]

American Electric Power[edit]

After graduation in 2016, at the age of 24, Saha started working as a Grid Modernization engineer at the headquarters of American Electric Power (AEP). In his first year at the company, he developed long term plans for the company’s Grid Modernization roadmap for the states of Indiana and Michigan. One of his ideas placed top three (out of 600 projects submitted across 15000 AEP employees) in AEP’s ‘Spark Tank’ innovation competition. The project is being implemented with a total $1 billion investment will improve energy delivery and modernize the grid across 9 states.[10][9][11]

Forbes 30 Under 30[edit]

In 2017, at the age of 25, Saha was awarded a spot on the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 List for his contributions to the Energy field.[1] The magazine attributes his place on the list to his work in grid modernization, energy storage and renewable energy and citing the $1 billion project from the American Electric Power Spark Tank Innovation Competition.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Tirthak Saha". Forbes.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Tirthak Saha, rejected by DU, Delhi boy features in Forbes 30 Under 30 List". The Financial Express. 22 November 2017.
  3. "Not bright enough for DU, but fit to join Zuckerberg, Malala on Forbes list - Times of India". The Times of India.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "ICAS Alumnus – Tirthak Saha Featured on Forbes! - Blog - ICAS". Blog - ICAS. 20 November 2017.
  5. "Manipal: The painting of Tirthak Saha, a third semester student of International Centre for Applied Sciences, Manipal University depicting Earth in peril won the first prize at national level competition. His painting depicted the warming Earth and melting Polar ice caps amidst doomsday scenario. Tirthak received the prize and a plaque from Union Minister of State for Earth Sciences Ashwani Kumar at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on the occasion of Ministry of Earth Sciences Foundation Day on Friday. - Times of India". The Times of India.
  6. "Tirthak Saha | Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Alumni". sites.psu.edu. PSU.
  7. Saha, Tirthak. "Planitia-Hellas Human Advanced Martian Environment (PHAME)".
  8. Allen, Bob (20 March 2015). "NASA/NIA Announce 2015 RASC-AL Competition Finalists". NASA. NASA.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "The inspiring story of Tirthak Saha, who is now on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list". GQ India. 29 November 2017.
  10. "AEP Spark Tank". American Electric Power. 6 June 2017.
  11. "Young Fort Wayne engineer with Indiana Michigan Power makes Forbes energy list | News, Sports, Jobs - News-Sentinel". www.news-sentinel.com.

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