Likes/Dislikes About Career
The best thing about my job is that I work on something I like, it is almost like
getting paid for doing your hobby. The worst thing is not having any real soils from
Mars. Space-related things do not happen overnight. They are costly and require
national-level planning. So we will have to wait until the nation is ready to launch a
sample-return mission to Mars.
As a kid I enjoyed nature and outdoors. I always liked to play with other kids and
travel. I had an interest in science, but the thing I liked most was nature. I used to
observe ant nests, birds, snakes, fish, plants and whatever was in my surroundings. As I
grew older (high school) I developed a liking for math and chemistry. This is due largely
to two dedicated teachers who taught these subjects.
I am married and have a 13-year-old daughter who is a talented artist. I used to do
biking as a child but now the main outdoor activity for me is walking or jogging. I also
enjoy swimming when I get the time. I am a person who likes spicy food. This may have
something to do with my Asian heritage. Being in Texas there is enough of it available
I was born in Sri Lanka, an island in the Indian Ocean. I completed my schooling and
college there. Being an agricultural country, naturally I was interested in learning
something to do with agriculture. I did my graduate studies at North Carolina State
University, a reputed agricultural school in the U.S. I know achieving one's goal is not
easy or straightforward, but one thing I learned is that if you keep working at it you
will get there eventually. One day I hope to work on real martian soil samples and hope
that day will arrive sooner than I think.