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Dr. Chiranjivi Lamsal

Assistant Professor of Physics

Dr. Lamsal started his teaching career in 1996, along with his post-secondary studies. After receiving his Ph.D. in physics, he worked as a pre-engineering instructor where he gained experience in teaching physics, mathematics, and engineering courses that include: Introductory Physics, Calculus, Engineering Mechanics, Introduction to Programming, and Differential Equation. During his Ph.D., he studied electronic, thermoelectric, and optical properties of vanadium oxides. His research in master’s degree involves the study of structure, packing, and orientation of halomethanes on graphite, and silica substrates at different temperatures using Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator (LAMMPS), a classical molecular dynamics simulation package.

Dr. Lamsal’s field of research includes modeling and simulation of material properties using numerical methods, atomistic modeling techniques, and quantum mechanical calculation software packages. He engages undergraduate students in technology-based-research, molecular research, and numerical analysis research. Technology based research includes: (a) Designing, building, and launching a rocket, which provides students with a real-world application of the scientific methods; (b) Building and controlling an intelligent robotic system, which combines physics, mathematics, engineering, and computer programming. Before coming to SUNY Plattsburgh, his research in robotics received a $10,000 Toyota STEM award for the most established, and innovative undergraduate projects in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in tribal colleges and universities.

On the molecular research, Dr. Lamsal mainly uses quantum calculation packages based on electronic structure methods such as Gaussian, a computational chemistry software package. He believes that such computational packages are good tools for involving undergraduate students in research. Even though it is a relatively advanced field of research for beginning undergraduates, user friendly graphical interface can be used to build molecules or reactive systems, to set up input files, and to examine results graphically. He is also open to working with any projects of students’ interest.

Dr. Lamsal also reviews manuscript regularly for the following journals:

  • Education
    • Ph.D. in Physics, Rutgers University and New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2015.
    • M.S. in Applied Physics, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2010.
    • M.S. in Physics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 2002.
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