Prabha Sundaravadivel, PhD

2022 Seed Grant Awardee

Project Description

STEM Equity

STELLA (Science and Technology Education for Land/Life Assessment) a do-it-yourself handheld spectrometer developed by Paul Mirel, has sensors that can help scientists identify and monitor mosquito habitats, like those found in the eastern half of Texas. A two-day Buildathon will be hosted at the University of Texas at Tyler in an effort to further STEM equity. Undergraduates, community college, and high school students will train and engage in STEM activities and encourage them to pursue further education or careers in STEM fields.

Through this project, students are going to build and test the STELLA sensors that include assembling the off-the-shelf components and 3D modeling and printing some of the components.

Target Audience Age


NASA Division


Grant Status


Learning Context

digital learning enabled

Digital Learning

Home and family enabled

Neighborhood /

Informal out of school disabled

Informal /
Out of School

Home and Families disabled

Home / Family

Citizen Science

Formal Education


This project will increase student engagement and create a community impact in STEM research for high school and undergraduate students.

Dr. Prabha Sundaravadivel STEM Equity PI

Dr. Prabha Sundaravadivel

STEM Equity PI
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Tyler

Dr. Prabha Sundaravadivel joined as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at UT Tyler in Fall 2018. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, Texas, in 2018. She earned her Masters of Technology in VLSI Design from VIT University, India, in 2015 and Bachelors of Technology (B.Tech) in Electronics and Communication from SRM University, Chennai, India, in 2011.

SciAct Team

NESEC Description

The NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative (NESEC) goal is to enable broad participation in authentic NASA Earth STEM experiences for lifelong learners.

NESEC is enhancing STEM teaching and learning by creating engaging, meaningful, and authentic STEM experiences and resources that 1) are based on NASA Earth science; 2) are tailored to specific audiences based on their needs; 3) as a whole, reach diverse learners throughout their lifetimes; and that are 4) delivered broadly through strategic partnerships.

Theresa Schwerin posed headshot. She wears black with a green and yellow scarf around her neck.

I’m very pleased that this collaboration will engage the NASA Landsat-9 team and provide them with feedback on the construction and use of their STELLA DIY sensor.

Theresa Schwerin NESEC PI