Recent JILA graduate Dr. Rabin Paudel was awarded the Nepal Bidhya Bhusan this September.
The Nepal Bidhya Bhusan is the highest academic award given by the Nepalese government.
This year, Nepalese president Bidhya Devi Bhandari gave 233 Bidhya Bhusan Padak to Nepalese nationals who have demonstrated outstanding performance in PhD, Masters, of Bachelor’s level academics, at local and foreign universities. The highest level of this award is reserved for those holding PhD degrees.
Paudel earned his PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2017. His thesis work, which detailed the probing of strongly interacting Fermi gases, was advised by late JILA Fellow Deborah Jin. Paudel is now a senior optical engineer at Cymer in San Diego, CA.
The Nepal Bidhya Bhushan ceremony took place in Kathmandu at Sital Niwas, the official presidential palace of Nepal, on International Literacy Day and Nepal’s 39th National Education Day, the 8th of September 2018.