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Keshav Shrestha, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics

Office: NSB 114-G
Email: kshrestha@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2545

Professional Profile

Dr. Keshav Shrestha joined the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences in January 2020. He received a bachelor's (2006) and master’s degree (2009) in solid-state physics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. Dr. Shrestha was selected for a one-year postgraduate diploma program in the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy, where he got a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) degree in condensed matter physics in 2010. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Houston in 2015. Following this, he completed two postdoctoral-research experiences in Idaho National Laboratory (2015-2018) and National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (2018-2020).

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Shrestha teaches algebra and calculus-based physics courses. Also, he is the author of several publications in prestigious journals. His research work has been presented in many national and international conferences. Dr. Shrestha is an active member of the American Physical Society, Nepalese Physical Society, and Society of Physics Students. He is a reviewer of several journals, such as Physical Review Letters (PRL), Physical Review B (PRB), Journal of Applied Physics (JAP), etc.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Shrestha's research focuses on experimental condensed matter physics emphasizing superconductivity, magnetism, and topological phases of materials. He studies these materials under extreme conditions such as low temperature, high pressure, and high magnetic fields. He works in collaboration with several national laboratories and research institutes like Idaho National Laboratory, National High Magnetic Field Laboratories (pulsed fields and DC field), and Texas Center for Superconductivity.

Major Awards and Fellowship

  • C.W. Chu Scholarship (2015), University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • ICTP Fellowship (2009), The Abdus Salam ICTP, Trieste, Italy
  • Dr. Kedarnath Khanal best student award (2009), Nepal Physical Society, Nepal

Personal Sketch

Dr. Shrestha lives with his wife Priyanka Pradhan. Besides teaching and research, he likes to spend time on physical fitness, sports, and travel.