I was born and raised in Punjab, India. I started my Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani (BITS, Pilani). After taking few courses on semiconductors, I developed an interest in Device Physics and opted for a Dual Degree Program with Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronics engineering and Masters in Physics. I started my PhD program at Virginia Tech in Physics in Fall, 2015 and joined Dr. Heremans’ Group in Fall, 2016. His research involves an overlap of Physics and Electrical Engineering, much suited to my interests. I learned device fabrication techniques, worked on a couple different projects – spin transport in electrochemical systems and 2D plasmonics and currently I am working on Hydrodynamic Transport in 2D electron systems.
Apart from Physics, I am really passionate about music. My mother was a professional singer and I learnt music from her. I was a lead vocalist in my undergrad college’s music club and also recorded a song with a leading music production company in India which got 125,000+ hits on Youtube. I also like composing funny songs based on places and people around me. Some of them are titled, The Ghost of Blacksburg, A love story in VTand PhD is not my cup of tea. Here at Virginia Tech, I served as the President of Indian Students’ association from January 2017 to May 2018 and have organized some of the biggest events on campus like Diwali, Color War and Aruna 5K Run, leading a team of 15. In short, I am an unconventional Physics enthusiast, with an unconventional name (which means Wonderful in Hindi) and a zest to live the life fully.