Mayukh B.

University of California, Irvine


Let me begin with two quotes by the famous physicist, Albert Einstein, which has shaped me from the very early days in my career:
If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

It was during the high school days when I fell in love with Physics. Physics appeared so logical, and the pieces of the Physics jigsaw started fitting in an intricate way more and more I studied it. I was enamored by the possibilities and decided to study Physics for my MS from the most reputed educational institution in India: Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. As I was finishing up, I was almost decided to continue education in applied research. I joined the Chemistry department in University of California Irvine in 2008, and I was awarded a Ph.D. in 2014. I have been working as a laser spectroscopist, and my research included the detection of a single-molecule coupled to a nanoparticle antenna. It was soon clear that the field was novel, and I generated a mathematical formulation to treat every vibration of a molecule using tensor algebra. Eular rotation was introduced to perform a relative rotation of the respective molecular vibration along the electric field of the incident laser light. This idea, although is a general practice in current days, was completely alien to the contemporary treatments in those days. The experimental data was in complete agreement with the simulations, however, the formulation was challenged at several levels. The acceptance from the scientific community as forms of publication brought extreme joy, and realization at a personal level was completely philosophical.

I continued to research as a postdoc until early 2019, and I felt that I was getting further away from teaching. During Ph.D. and postdoc, I had limited opportunity of teaching as a Teaching Assistant. I have always wanted to teach at a formal level to introduce physics to students giving them a very strong foundation. Hence, I took a Science teaching position at Woodstock School, an international school located in the town of Mussoorie at an altitude of 7200 feet in the foothill of Indian Himalayas. This has literally been a homecoming for me.

While active scientific research contributes to the depth of knowledge, I have always longed for broader skillset to hone agility and versatility. I have completed the Basic and Advanced Mountaineering Course, which makes me a trained professional in the outdoor. I have involved myself in aviation and have obtained Pilot License – an opportunity that I consider as relearning Physics in order to be able to truly trust the machine. These practices kept me nimble on my toes and have carved myself into a humble personality. As of now, I continue to teach students across the world, and enjoy sheer pleasure from it. Besides teaching and sauntering on the hillside, my days are filled with multiple hobbies, mainly origami and woodworking.


Phd Chemistry
University of California, Irvine
MS Chemistry
University of California, Irvine
MS Physics
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

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