Dr Jyotika Virmani is a Senior Director in Prize Operations at the XPRIZE Foundation and is the Prize Lead for the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a three-year competition to advance deep-sea technologies for autonomous, fast and high-resolution ocean exploration. She joined XPRIZE in 2014 as the Technical Director for the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a competition to incentivize the development of accurate and affordable ocean pH sensors.
Before joining XPRIZE, Jyotika served as the Associate Director of the Florida Institute of Oceanography, as a Senior Scientist at the UK Met Office, and as the Executive Director of the Florida Coastal Ocean Observing System Consortium.
Jyotika has a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of South Florida, where she worked on air-sea interactions and both blue water and coastal oceanography. As a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, she earned a M.S. in Marine Environmental Science (Atmospheric Science) from SUNY at Stony Brook. She also has a B.Sc. in Physics from Imperial College London and is an Associate of the Royal College of Science and a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.