Rudra Kafle, PhD Candidate

Degree: PhD Candidate, Physics
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal

Why did you choose to attend WPI?
I chose to attend WPI because it is one of the best polytechnic schools in the New England area: it is a nationally and internationally recognized school, it has small and accessible departments, and there is somewhat of a family environment.

How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
Although I have been working on a theoretical project, it really belongs to the applied physics category. To share my experience, both knowing the theory and finding its possible applications is the priority of a WPI education.

What do you think are WPI’s greatest strengths?
WPI’s smaller-size departments are a great benefit to students, offering one-to-one professor-student interactions in research, teaching, and learning. You receive appreciation and recognition for your work, which makes me feel proud to be a WPI student.

How have the professors in your department impacted your studies and your life?
I have been working in a small department, which has a family-like environment. My advisor and many of my professors, including the department head, have really helped me a lot and showed their interest toward my success.

What are your research projects?
I am working with Professor Alex Zozulya on the theoretical analysis of atom interferometers and gyroscopes (atomic sensors).

What do you hope to do when you graduate? What would be your ideal job?
I am going to work on biophysical problems in the capacity of a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:

  • I participated in the Physics Frontier Programs for several summers, where there was good interaction among young and inquisitive minds.
  • I volunteered at the Goddard Cup Water Rocket Competition several times.
  • I participated as a science fair judge at local schools.

Academic or professional awards you have received:

  • GRAD 2009, second prize (Science), WPI
  • GRAD 2008, third prize (Science), WPI
  • Best Physics Teaching Assistant 2009, Physics department, WPI
  • Service to the Physics Department Award, 2007, WPI
  • Dr. Yan N. Lwin Physics Scholarship at Western Illinois University, 2004

Additional comments:
WPI is a good school for learners and researchers. It is a great benefit to find a professor in the area of your research interest as soon as you join the university.

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