Bijaya Aryal, PhD, Achieves Tenure at University of Minnesota Rochester
Originally born and raised in Nepal, Bijaya Aryal, PhD first moved to the United States to study for his Masters in Physics in 2002. Before moving to the U.S., Aryal earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics at Tribhuvan University in the city of Kirtipur.
Aryal has always seen himself as a teacher. His desire to teach started early when he was inspired by his middle and high school teachers. “These teachers impressed me,” says Aryal, “they were good at their job, kind and influential, and these characteristics not only attracted me towards science but also towards the profession of teaching.”
After earning his Bachelor of Science in physics, chemistry and mathematics, Aryal decided to try teaching for a year, and a flame was ignited. “It was impressive to interact with the students,” Aryal says, “I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to continue. I never thought about any other profession.”
At the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR), Aryal teaches physics courses using research-based novel techniques. To help make physics applicable to his students’ everyday and professional lives, Aryal designs teaching and learning activities and modules by integrating physics with other areas through collaboration with professors of various disciplines at UMR.
“Dr. Aryal has led and shaped the physics curriculum and pedagogy at UMR with data-driven decisions,” says Dr. Lori Carrell, UMR’s Chancellor. “His dedication to student learning is evident in his research, teaching and service.”
Aryal, who has been teaching for more than 20 years says that achieving tenure at UMR is the highlight of his career. “It is everything,” says Aryal, “not only for me but for those working in my field, too. All of my passion and dedication towards teaching and physics has paid off.”
When not in the classroom, Aryal likes to spend time with his children, participate in sports and read short stories, novels and books on science.