What is your educational background?
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Calcutta University in India. After completing a Master of Science degree in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, I joined Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. While in Pittsburgh, I completed my doctoral degree. In 2004, I also received a Ph.D. focusing on developing green oxidation catalysts for pollution remediation.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
My proudest accomplishment is graduating seven doctoral students, four Master of Science students, and publishing my first research article as an assistant professor has been my proudest moment.
What makes you laugh the most?
My daughter’s reaction to my lame jokes makes me laugh the most.
What are your hobbies?
I love mixing music with my FL studio digital software. I am also a part-time radio program host at KABF 88.3 FM. I love playing cricket as well and going hiking at Pinnacle mountain.
What was the last book you read?
I recently read a poetry collection book by Jelaluddin Rumi.
How do you assist graduate students within the chemistry program?
I meet with students to discuss their academic plan and future endeavors. I try to understand their future goals and advise them on what courses will be suitable for them. While interacting with students, I like to make them feel at home in the chemistry department. I have an open-door policy, and I try to help them as much as possible while understanding their overall goal in the program and any obstacles they might encounter.