Charterhouse and beyond…

Oak Reporter James interviewed Tejasva Malhotra, a 2YS pupil, about his time at Charterhouse and his plans for the future…

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  1. So, tell us a little about yourself Tejasva?

“My name is Tejasva Malhotra. I am 18 years old, and I just finished my sixth form exams. I was sponsored by an individual to this school 2 years ago to follow my dreams. In school, I studied Pre-U Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and

 

A-Level Design & Technology.”

  1. Where are you planning to go for university?

I recently got an offer from the Imperial College, London to pursue a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

  1. So how did you aircraft madness start?

My interest in aviation started very early, watching my father flying aircraft in Microsoft Flight Simulators as a hobby. Today, I study the wonders of flight in my spare time, using different books and websites.

My aim, is to be an Aeronautical Engineer. I am keen to know how things fly, how they work, the designs used etc. As an aeronautical engineer, I want to make an eco-friendly aircraft with clean energy, that cause no or the least pollution. Pollution has a major hand in degrading the quality of our precious Earth. I also want to work on new designs for various types of aircraft, improving the overall performance and manoeuvring. Last year, I built a scaled model of the De-Havilland 110 Sea Vixen. This year, I designed and manufactured a scaled model of a supersonic private jet that I designed myself. For my physics personal investigation I designed and built a setup to investigate the parameters that affect lift. Since my school does not own a wind tunnel, I modified an industrial vacuum cleaner and used that as the source for airspeed. As you already know, these are things people do in universities. I won a few awards in school, one of which was to build a model aircraft that has the features to be airborne. I did this as a team of 3, and used remote controllers. But my curiosity couldn’t wait any longer, so I did an online course last year, “Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering” from the TU Delft X (edx website). I am currently reading the book “Flight without Formula” and “Mechanics of Flight” be AC Kermode.

 

 

  1. You said you were sponsored, how exactly did that happen?

There was an article about a man who changed his father’s hydraulics company that was in a huge debt, into one of India’s largest aerospace companies. I sent an email to him in 2015, telling him about myself. He offered me an internship in his company, Dynamatic Technologies, where I learnt how a company operates, how aircraft parts and designed and manufactured, and built some of them myself! Some of the aircraft included the Sukhoi 30 MKI, Airbus A321, Boeing P-8, and the Boeing Chinook. Someone he knew was starting the Shirish Saraf Scholarship to Charterhouse and fortunately, I was lucky enough to be the first to merit such a great opportunity.

  1. I’ve heard that you had a company for Rubik’s Cubes. How did that start and what did you do?

Before finding my deep passion in aircraft, I used to be a “YouTuber”, making unboxings, reviews and videos about different types of Rubik’s Cubes. In 2011, I was hospitalized and had a surgery in my right thigh. Lying there immobile, the only thing I had to occupy me was a Rubik’s Cube. That is where it all started. I learned how to solve the cube in under an hour, and soon after that, I was gifted a 4×4 Rubik’s Cube, which was something I had no idea existed! I then started making videos, reviewing cheap store bought cube. I attended a competition in IIT Delhi, where I met many people with the same interests. I then became a part of the World Cube Association. My YouTube channel grew bigger and bigger, and as a result, manufacturers from Hong Kong sponsored me. They sent me their puzzles and I, in return used to review those and promote their store. I also used to modify existing puzzles to make them smoother and better for competition purposes, and other puzzles for a bigger challenge. This, I sold worldwide through a cube store in India. It was a one man company and my aim was not to sell for money, but to provide these cubes at an affordable price. I used to charge just £2 more to modify an official puzzle, while my hand modifications were £15 and the bigger one was £25. Some might argue that this is expensive, but I did all this with just a manual saw and sand paper. It used to take at least a month to make my hand modifications.

  1. Are there any other things you’ve done?

I enjoy writing rap music, I’ve written 4 songs so far. I grew up listening to a lot of Eminem and he is one of the reasons why I am the way I am today. I know how music can change people, and so I want my raps to make a difference in people’s lives. I like to rap about experiences and struggles, and how one can really do something if they believe in it.

I started a new YouTube channel where I will be making military aircraft documentaries. I’ve already made the video for my DT A2 Supersonic Jet.

In 2014, I designed a doodle for Google for women’s day. I was also the main voice actor for a short environment based animated film called “Bhatana”, which won the “Best Animation Film” Award in the International Film Festival 2013.

  1. Now that your exams are over, what are your plans?

I’ve got a list of personal projects I want to start. I’ve already made a supersonic private jet concept which will be extremely expensive. I now want to start designing a small affordable private jet. I also want to start coding in Raspberry Pi, and start some work with hydraulic systems using simple syringes. I’ve also designed a pair of biodegradable glasses, which I still need to perfect.

I will be attending the TEDxTeen 2017 on June 24, where I will meet a person who wants to sponsor me to New York and would like to mentor me. Exact details are still not confirmed, as this is new news to me too!

I will be starting some work experience / internship in a company called Kearsley Airways, near the Stansted Airport, where I will be repairing and overhauling aircraft systems for C-130 Hercules, Boeing 737, 747, and 757. I have also been put in touch with a person who has agreed to write about my life story in a British newspaper.