I am an Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the
College of Arts and Sciences Division of Science, Mathematics, and Technology,
and I joined GSU in Fall 2014. My research interests lie in developing a
general route for synthesis of noble metal aerogels through self-supported
assembly of preformed metal hollow particles and study their physiochemical
properties as a function of synthetic parameters. My research interests also
includes study of structure property correlation of solid-state materials.
Before joining GSU, in order to get postdoctoral experience,
I joined research groups at Virginia Commonwealth University, University of
Michigan, and University of New Orleans after completing my Ph.D.at Clemson
University and prior to that, I attended University of Kelaniya in Sri Lanka
where I received my undergraduate degree. What I find most awarding about
teaching at GSU is being part of and contributing to the great transformation.
Experiencing the rewards and the small successes of teaching is what drives me
to re-evaluate and work on becoming a better teacher. The reason I love to
teach lies in the students. For me, there is nothing more rewarding than
helping a student, especially one who struggles, to understand a concept or a
problem.At the same time, it is my goal as a teacher to share my knowledge and
expertise with students so that they can use them on the course of their lives.
I take great satisfaction in having the opportunity to be involved in the
development of students as professionals for the benefit of the society.
At GSU, I am serving on several committees that are on the
college as well as on the university level. I believe that service is essential
for the development of academics since it provides the opportunity to give back
to the university and improve the quality of education.