I graduated in 1975 from University of Madras, Chennai, India with a BS with concentration in Chemistry. Math and Physics were at minor level. I got my MS degree, also in Chemistry, in 1977, from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India.
I then changed lines to study engineering and completed MS (Chemical Engineering) at the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India in 1980. Subsequently I worked for about one year as a Chemist at the "Centre for Rural Development" - a novel rural adoption programme started by the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. In this role, I designed and constructed solar stills for brackish water reclamation, designed and oversaw construction of a 70 cubic meter bio-gas digester to convert cattle waste from a diary farm.
In 1981 I joined the Chemical Engineering department of the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India as a research scholar to pursue a PhD degree with focus in Environmental Engineering - a division of Chemical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, India - and was awarded PhD in July 1987 for my work and thesis tilted "Mass Transfer and Kinetics of Dyestuff adsorption on different adsorbents". During this time, I also designed and took responsibility for contruction and operation of water recycling programs for two student dormitories, each housing 130 students.
I covered Chemistry and Math courses in depth during my Engineering and Chemistry studies. I have also taught one semester Math for University of Phoenix online. No matter what the discipline, I firmly believe that student success requires individualized tutoring plan so that it aligns with student’s learning pace and timelines.
I am a good listener and do not mind interruptions. I will work with the student to plan the tutoring lessons schedule based on what works for the student, while remaining flexible on tutoring session duration. Normally, I like to always a complete a lesson begun unless the student has a reason for a hard stop at a given time. In any case, I always prorate charges based on actual duration of tutoring sessions.
I currently have 30+ years’ industry/consulting experience combining Business and Technology management and have learnt that flexibility and adaptability are key stepping stones in moving towards success. I have broad based knowledge of Math and specialized education in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. I enjoy teaching and helping students hone their skills in these areas.
Besides this, I have been a category judge for the Chemistry division projects in several school and regional science fairs in Prince William & Fairfax counties in Northern Virginia. I have also judged at the Thomas Jefferson High school for Science & Technology in Fairfax, VA. My other hobbies are hydroponics and good vegan/vegetarian cooking and I have made significant inroads into the latter by developing the concept of "theme based" cooking. Some of my dishes are "flower in the pond", "Banana Boat" in sweet and savory versions and "Chargetti" that is a unique style of cooking spaghetti by infusion with several spices.
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