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