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Chamithri Adikarige

Graduate student & researcher, Rochester Institute of Technology

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Persist and persevere. Failure is a lesson, not an end to your dreams.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I research on how to utilize entanglement, a quantum mechanical effect as a resource to apply to sensing, secure communication & computing.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I wanted to become a physicist as long as I can remember. During my undergraduate years I became interested in quantum mechanics. I was particularly fascinated with optical phenomena in quantum and decided to make it my lifelong goal to uncover mysteries of this peculiar field.

As a first generation student, I did not have any initial push from my immediate family to become a physicist. My mentors, specially my current advisor encouraged me to pursue this subject.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

For me it is getting a college education and getting into grad school. I was first in my family to do this.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I wake up and get excited to learn another piece of the puzzle, another way to solve a problem or even small fact I didn’t know before. That brings me immense joy and sense of accomplishment. As for Physics, it brings purpose to my life, and it’s time well spent.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Persist and persevere. Failure is a lesson, not an end to your dreams.

INSPO / FUN FACT

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.