Featured researcher: Rupal Mehta

Photo Credit: Rupal Mehta
by National Strategic Research Institute Wed, 08/12/2020 - 13:39

It was 2017, and Dr. Rupal Mehta was invited to speak at a National Defense University briefing in Washington, D.C. The event was a public conversation about national defense. As she walked into the grand, richly paneled conference room at Fort McNair, she felt a bit intimidated.

"I was nervous, because all of the other speakers were very well-established, respected scholars – and all men," she said.

Then she reminded herself that she had been in many similar situations throughout her life and career, and she knew exactly what to do — be the leading scholar she had worked so hard to be.