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Chemistry professor joins RCC faculty

By Tom Martin
May 18, 2015
Dr. Lekh Adhikari - Rappahannock Community College Chemistry Instructor

Dr. Lekh Adhikari – Rappahannock Community College Chemistry Instructor

“I hope that my students get some flavor of chemistry and its importance, in science and the ‘real world’,” says Dr. Lekh Adhikari, who has recently joined Rappahannock Community College’s chemistry faculty as an assistant professor.

Adhikari teaches general and college chemistry classes, advises students, and serves on various campus committees. He has also worked to develop and modify the curriculum, striving to “develop more teaching methods and techniques to make RCC a better learning place.”

Adhikari teaches general and college chemistry classes, advises students, and serves on various campus committees. He has also worked to develop and modify the curriculum, striving to “develop more teaching methods and techniques to make RCC a better learning place.”

Adhikari was born in a small village in Nepal and raised with two siblings by his “very loving and caring parents.” He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry with a minor in biology at Tri-Chandra College of Tribhuvan University in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu, then a master of science in physical chemistry, also from Tribhuvan University. A move to the United States allowed Adhikari to pursue a doctorate at the University of Nevada, again in physical chemistry; he completed this degree in 2012.

He has held a number of teaching and research positions concurrently with earning his degrees, and since then has taught at Northern Virginia Community College and ECPI University in Manassas. His many publications and presentations attest to his continuing fascination with his subject.

A member of the Nepal Chemical Society, the American Chemical Society, the American Federation of Teachers, and the Nepali Public Relations Committee of America, he notes that “I enjoy working with a community.”

He commends RCC’s faculty and staff as “very helpful and friendly” and as providing “a family environment. I am very interested and involved in social services,” he adds. “I have a plan to help educating poor children in under-developed countries, especially in Nepal.”

In his free time, Adhikari likes to “travel, make friends, follow world politics, and watch sports, especially football.” He lives in Falls Church with his wife, Anu Sharma, and their two-year-old son, Abhi.



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