What brought you to DRI?
After completion of my master’s degree in physics from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, I was looking for graduate program in atmospheric science mostly through web search and then I applied to UNR. I was accepted as a graduate student in UNR and its collaboration with DRI drove me to this esteemed institute and started as a graduate research assistant from January 2016 in DRI. I am from Nepal and was more than excited to be here in Reno as its landscape is somehow similar to the most famous tourist destination “Mustang” located on the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range of mid-western Nepal.
What are you studying?
Last semester, I studied advanced Atmospheric Dynamics which helped me to better understand the mesoscale and synoptic scale atmospheric phenomenon. Also, the courses like python for data analysis was very useful to polish my research skill. In coming spring, I am going to take a course on Atmospheric Turbulence which has more relevance to my master’s thesis work and hopefully I will finish writing my thesis by summer, 2017.
What research projects are you working on? And who at DRI are you working with?
I am working with Dr. Nick Lancaster on a project which uses locomotive six legged robot mounted with multiple sensors on it to study the Aeolian processes over the dust dunes. Along with this I am also working in determining the threshold value for the sand saltation of Oceano dunes.
What are your short-term and long-term goals while at
My short term goals while being here at DRI is to give my best to the project I am working on. In long term I want to complete my MS degree and develop strong research foundation to pursue Phd being involved in innovative project.
Tell us about yourself. What do you do for fun?
I like to hike, travel, watch movies and play soccer. Along with this I love to get involved in adventure sports such as paragliding, rafting in rapid running river, etc.