"I'm from Nepal, but I came to Ruston in 2008 to start my bachelors degree. I was always interested in nano technology, but I thought the best way to study it was by majoring in electrical or electronics engineering. At the time, my boyfriend (now husband) was majoring in nanosystems, and he would come home with a bunch of published articles about new technology in the field. I realized he was studying newer technology while I was stuck studying older science, and since his major seemed to include more of my interests, I decided to change my major to nanosystems engineering.
"After graduating with my bachelors degree, I moved to the border of Virginia and DC to live with some family while I looked for work. Fortunately, I was able to find a job, but the work was not relevant to my degree. Commuting to DC everyday was a lot of travel, and I felt like it was a waste of time. This experience made me realize my bachelors degree wasn't enough, and since my husband was still living in Ruston, getting a PhD in micro and nano systems, I decided to move back to Ruston and get a masters degree.
"I'm glad I decided to further my education because I had wanted to continue exploring my capabilities in research. As an undergrad, I took a course in nanosystems modeling, and it made me want to learn more about the subject, so right now I'm researching material science, which includes a lot of simulations and computer work. I love being able to talk about new advances in the field with other people, due to knowing so much more about nanotechnology. When I hear people talking about the tiny processors in iPhones, I can tell them I know how to make them.
"I'm glad to be back in Ruston, because time moves a little slower here, and I was tired of living in a fast-paced environment. Also, I made a lot of connections with friends and professors while I was an undergrad, so it has been great to continue them."