Can you tell us about your background?
Iam Sudip Chowdhury, a Ph.D. candidate. My upbringing was in the Eastern metropolis of India called Kolkata, in a close knit family. Though we lived in the big city, our life was far from the hustle-bustle of it. Along with the education, my life circled around several
extra-curricular activities like sports (mainly Cricket, ping pong and Soccer) and other cultural activities.
What did you study? How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and unusual career?
After high school I joined the University of Calcutta for my Bachelors degree with Chemistry as my honors subject. During that period I got interested in bio-chemistry and behaviors of bio-polymers. With that interest I joined the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, India to pursue my Masters in the field of Wood Science and Technology. The
new and interesting sphere of natural polymer composites (wood being the finest of the examples) opened up before me. I decided to pursue my career in the research field of
wood and bio-polymer composites. With that aspiration I started my second MS degree in Washington State University under the guidance of Dr.Vikram Yadama, an alumnus of Virginia Tech. My efforts were towards enhancing the durability of oriented strand composites by modifying the adhesive used. I joined Virginia Tech in summer 2006 to pursue my doctoral study in the Macromolecular Science and Engineering interdisciplinary doctoral program under the guidance of Dr. Chip Frazier, professor
of Wood Science. I am investigating the effects of tissue maturity on wood polymers. Also, my goal is to correlate durability of wood adhesive bonds with inherent rheological behavior
What are you doing now?
After completing a Post-Doc at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Dr. Chowdhury joined Willamette Valley Company in Eugene, Oregon as an R&D Chemist