2014 Joint ASNEngr/CAN-USA Conference (Tempe, AZ; June 21-22, 2014)


You are cordially invited and welcome
to attend the
Joint American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr)
and
Computer Association of Nepal-USA (CAN-USA) Conference
(2014 Joint ASNEngr/CAN-USA Annual Conference )
(7th ASNEngr Annual Conference and Meeting
and
7th CAN-USA Annual Development Conference)

“Applications of Engineering, Science and Technology in building a
Safer, Better and Sustainable Society”

Conference Organized By
American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr)
P. O. Box 39524, 4904 York Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-9998, USA
Email: info@ASNEngr.org / Web: www.ASNEngr.org

and

Computer Association of Nepal, USA (CAN-USA)
PO Box 105, Pleasanton, California 94566, USA
Email: info@can-usa.org / Web: www.can-usa.org

Conference Hosted By
ASNEngr/Nepalese Engineering & Scientific Community of Arizona

Venue
Memorial Union Hall- Alumni Lounge
Arizona State University, 301 E. Orange Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281,U.S.A.

Date
Saturday, June 21- Sunday, June 22, 2014

Conference Websites
www.ASNEngr.org and www.can-usa.org


American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr) and Computer Association of
Nepal-USA (CAN-USA)
Present

2014 Joint ASNEngr/CAN-USA Annual Conference
(7th ASNEngr Annual Conference and Meeting / 7th CAN-USA Annual Development Conference)

“Applications of Engineering, Science and Technology in building a Safer, Better and Sustainable Society”

Date: June 21-22, 2014
Venue: Memorial Union Hall- Alumni Lounge
Arizona State University, 301 E. Orange Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281,U.S.A.
(Hosted by: ASNEngr/Nepalese Engineering & Scientific Community of Arizona )

You are cordially invited to attend the conference.
For registration, please visit – http://www.asnengr.org/conference_registration.php


-- Overall Program Schedule at-a-Glance--

Saturday, June 21, 2014
7:30 AM – 1:00 PM On-Site Registration (Room 202)
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Conference Opening (Room 202)
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Session I (Plenary) (Room 202)
Session Title: Plenary Session (Keynote and Invited Guest Speakers)-
10:40 AM – 12:20 Noon Session II (Room 202)
Session Title: Session Title: Earthquake Preparedness, Disaster Relief, and Infrastructure Safety in Nepal
(5 Presentations; 20 minutes each)
12:20 PM- 1:30 PM Luncheon (Room 202)
1:30 AM –3:10 APM Session III (Room 202)
Session Title: Education, Engineering, and Technologies as Related to Nepal and Developing Countries
(5 Presentations; 20 minutes each)
3:20 PM –4:40 PM Technical Session IV (Room 202)
Session Title: Recent Advances in Engineering and Sciences
(4 Presentations; 20 minutes each)
4:40 PM – 6:00 PM ASNEngr Annual General Membership and Board of Directors Meeting    (Room 202)

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ASU Chandler Innovation Center Visit (249 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ)

8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Networking Dinner Program (Location: TBA)

Sunday, June 22, 2012

9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon Joint Nepal –U.S. Nepali Engineering & Scientific Community Discussion Forum
(Venue: Meeting room, J.A. Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU, Tempe, AZ)
9:00 AM - Grand Canyon, Sedona, Flagstaff, etc.. (for those interested).
12:00 Noon Conference Closure

[Please see the following pages for details of the Program]
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American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr) and Computer Association of Nepal-USA (CAN-USA) Present

2014 Joint ASNEngr/CAN-USA Annual Conference
(7th ASNEngr Annual Conference and Meeting / 7th CAN-USA Annual Development Conference)

“Applications of Engineering, Science and Technology in building a Safer, Better and Sustainable Society”

Date: June 21-22, 2014
Venue: Memorial Union Hall- Alumni Lounge
Arizona State University, 301 E. Orange Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281,U.S.A.
(Hosted by: ASNEngr/Nepalese Engineering & Scientific Community of Arizona )

You are cordially invited to attend the conference.
For registration, please visit – http://www.can-usa.org/conference-registration/

Detail Program Schedule
(Subject to change)


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Registration/Breakfast 7:30 AM

Conference Opening 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Conference Welcome and Organization Introduction –
by Rajendra K. Shrestha, Ph.D. Conference General Co-Chair and President, American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr); and Amod Pokhrel, Ph.D., Conference General Co-Chair and President, Computer Association of Nepal-USA (CAN-USA).

Conference Program Overview –
by Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D., Conference Technical Co-Chair and Founding President, ASNEngr; and Pradeep Khanal, Conference Technical Co-Chair and Vice President, CAN-USA.

Local Organizing Committee Welcome –
by Achyut Shrestha, Chair, Local Conference Organizing Committee and Member, Board of Directors, ASNEngr.


Session I (PLENARY) 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM (Room 202)
Session Title: Plenary Session (Keynote and Invited Guest Speakers and Presentations)
Session Chairs: Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D., Founding President, ASNEngr; University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; and Nalini Chhetri, Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Invited Keynote:
"Role of Engineering, Science and Technology in Building a Safer and Sustainable Society in Nepal" by Bharat Raj Pahari, Ph.D., Dean, Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk, Lalitpur, Nepal

“Global energy situation and future scenarios in developing countries" by Gary Dirks, Ph.D., Director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Invited Guest:
“Solar Photovoltaics: Vocational Training Tool for Trainers and Technicians” by Govindasamy Tamizhmani, Ph.D, Director of Photovoltaic Reliability laboratory, Arizona State University, and the president of TUV Rheinland PTL, Tempe, AZ

Break 10:30 AM – 10:40 AM

Session II 10:40 AM – 12:20 Noon (Room 202)
Session Title: Earthquake Preparedness, Disaster Relief, and Infrastructure Safety in Nepal
Session Chairs: Ananta Baidya, P.E., San Diego, CA; and Netra Chhetri, Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

10:40 AM – 11:00 AM
“Overview of the Joint ANMF/ASNEngr/CAN-USA Initiative on Earthquake Preparedness and Disaster Relief in Nepal” by Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D., Founding President, American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr) and Chair, Committee on Joint ANMF/ASNEngr/CAN-USA Initiative on Earthquake Preparedness and Disaster Relief in Nepal; University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA.

11:00 AM – 11:20 AM
"Some Proposals for Planning Regulations for Earthquake Resilient Urban Development in Nepal" by Ambika P. Adhikari, Dr. Des., AICP, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA; and Kanhaiya Kayastha, S.E., FASCE., Los Angeles, CA, USA.

11:20 AM – 11:40 AM
"Disaster Preparedness: Get A Kit. Make A Plan. Be Informed" by Siru Prasai, M.B.B.S, MS, MPH, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Phoenix, AZ, USA.

11:40 AM – 12:00 Noon
"Compliance of National Building Code – Necessity for Disaster Resilient Kathmandu Valley: A case study of application of Electronic - Building Permit System (E-BPS) in Kathmandu Metropolitan City" by Naresh Giri, UNDP, Kathmandu, Nepal.

12:00 PM – 12:20 AM
"A need for focus on safety in the planning, development, design, construction, and maintenance of Nepal’s highways", by Bharat Kandel, P.E., Department of Transportation, Mesa, AZ, USA.


Lunch Break (provided) 12:20 PM -1:30 PM (Room 202)

Technical Session III 1:30 PM – 3:10 PM (Room 202)
Session Title: Engineering, Development, and Education as Related to Nepal and Developing Countries
Session Chairs: Ambika Adhikari, Dr. Des., AICP, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; and Pradeep Khanal, Intel Corp., Santa Clara, CA, USA.

1:30 PM – 1:50 PM
"Electric Products and Services for Rural Nepal" by Nathan Johnson, Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA.

1:50 PM – 2:10 PM
"Leveraging diaspora for desired social outcomes in Nepal" by Nalini Chhetri, Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA.

2:10 PM – 2:30 PM
"The Humanitarian Engineering Degree Program at ASU" by Brad Rogers, Ph.D. and Mark Henderson, Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA.

2:30 PM – 2:50 PM
"What explains the recent surge of apple orchards in Nepal’s Mustang district?" by Netra Chhetri, Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA.

2:50 PM – 3:10 PM
"Involvement Nepal, Pre/Post Retirement" by Ananta Ram Baidya, P.E., San Diego, CA, USA.


Break 3:10 PM – 3:20 PM


Technical Session IV 3:20 PM – 4:40 PM (Room 202)
Session Title: Recent Advances in Engineering and Sciences
Session Chairs: Achyut Shrestha, Apollo Group, Inc., Phoenix, AZ; and Mahendra Poudyal, Irving, TX

3:20 PM – 3:40 PM
"Renewable Energy Technologies for Developing World" by Lek Acharya, Sun Electronics, Phoenix, AZ, USA.

3:40 PM - 4:00 PM
"Information Technology" by Mithun Bista, Occidental Fire & Casualty, Scottsdale, AZ, USA.

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM
"Residential water pump operation and monitoring in Smart phone" by Achyut Shrestha, Apollo Group, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, USA.

4:20 PM – 4:40 PM
"Structural Analysis and Design of a Habitat Concept on the Moon" by Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D. and Kevin Brown, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, U.S.A.


ASNEngr General Membership Meeting. 4:50 PM – 6:00 PM (Room 202)
Annual General Membership Meeting of the American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr)

Chandler Innovation Center Visit 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Off campus)
ASU Innovation Hub /Tech Center. Address: 249 E. Chicago Street, Chandler, AZ

Networking Mixer (includes dinner) 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM (Location: TBA)


Sunday, June 22, 2012

Special Forum: 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
(Venue: Wrigley Hall, Room: 323;, J.A. Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU, Tempe, AZ)
Session Title: Joint Nepal –U.S. Nepali Engineering & Scientific Community Discussion Forum

Conference Closure 12:00 Noon

Site Seeing Tour Departure time: 9:00 AM
Locations: Grand Canyon, Sedona, Flagstaff, etc. (for those interested).

Conference Organizing Committees

General Chairs:
Rajendra K. Shrestha, Ph.D. (President, ASNEngr)
ConocoPhillips Company, Houston, TX (E-mail: RShrestha1234@yahoo.com)
Amod K. Pokhrel, Ph.D. (President, CAN-USA)
University of California, Berkeley, CA (E-mail: amodpokhrel@gmail.com)

Technical Chairs:
Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D. (Founding President, ASNEngr)
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (E-mail: MallaR@engr.uconn.edu)
Pradeep Khanal (Vice President, CAN-USA)
Intel Corp., Santa Clara, CA (E-mail: PradeepKhanal@gmail.com)

Local Committee Chair
Achyut Shrestha (Member, Board of Directors, ASNEngr)
Phoenix, AZ (E-mail: LocalCommittee@ASNEngr.org)

Committees:

Steering Committee
Baikuntha Adhikari
Rabin Bhattarai, Ph.D.
Jagannath Ghimire, P.E.
Samana Ghimire
Pujan Joshi
Pradeep Khanal (Technical Co-Chair)
Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D. (Technical Co-Chair)
Sagan Onta, P.E.
Amod Pokhrel, Ph.D. (General Co-Chair)
Bineet Sharma
Achyut Shrestha (Local Chair)
Rajendra Shrestha, Ph.D. (General Co-Chair)
Janka Thapa, P.E.
Binod Tiwari, Ph.D., P.E.

Technical Committee:
Ambika Adhikari, Ph.D.
Ananta Baidya, P.E.
Rabin Bhattarai, Ph.D.
Laxman Devkota, Ph.D.
Niresh Dhungana
Sanjaya Gajurel, Ph.D.
Jagannath Ghimire, P.E.
Samana Ghimire
Pujan Joshi
Upendra Karna, D. Eng., P.E.
Kanhaiya Kayastha, P.E., S.E.
Pradeep Khanal (Technical Co-Chair)
Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D. (Technical Co-Chair)
Sagar Onta, P.E.
Amod Pokhrel, Ph.D. (General Co-Chair)
Bineet Sharma
Achyut Shrestha (Local Committee Chair)
Rajendra Shrestha, Ph.D. (General Co-Chair)
Janak Thapa, P.E.
Binod Tiwari, Ph.D., P.E.

Local Committee
Lekhnath Acharya
Ambika Adhikari, Ph.D.
Baikuntha Adhikari
Mithun Bista
Satya Chataut, P.E.
Nalini Chhetri, Ph.D.
Netra Chhetri, Ph.D.
Laxman Devkota, Ph.D.
Niresh Dhungana
Dilli Gurung
Shashi Gyawali
Bharat Kandel, P.E.
Pradeep Karna, P.E.
Sudip Koirala, Ph.D.
Bishu Malla
Sameer Pandey, P.E.
Arjun Poudel
Surya Poudel, Ph.D. Candidate
Sajib Prajapati
Upendra Puri
Rohini Sharma, SME Distinguished
Achyut Shrestha (Chair)
Gajendra Shrestha, P.E.
Milan Shrestha, Ph.D.
Samridhi Shrestha, Ph.D.
Yogendra Upreti
Bikash Vaidya

Second Call for Abstracts

American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr) and Computer Association of Nepal-USA (CAN-USA) cordially invite you to participate in the


2014 Joint ASNEngr/CAN-USA Conference
(7th ASNEngr Annual Conference and Meeting and 7th CAN-USA Annual Development Conference)

Conference Theme:
“Applications of Engineering, Science and Technology in building a Safer, Better and Sustainable Society”

Date: June 21-22, 2014
Location: Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
(Hosted by ASNEngr Arizona Community)

Abstracts Due Date: May 30, 2014 (Extended)

Engineers, scientists and others from closely related disciplines will gather to discuss on the recent developments in engineering, science and technology and their impact in the society. The conference will be held in Arizona State University Campus hosted by ASNEngr.

Paper presentations are anticipated covering wide varieties of engineering, scientific and technology topics, including but not limited to, the following:
• Earthquake preparedness & disaster relief in Nepal
• Advances in infrastructure analysis, design, monitoring and sustainability.
• Engineering problems and solutions
• Application of scientific/engineering technologies into practice (knowledge share)
• Sustainability, alternative/renewable energy, clean-technology
• Information technology and its role in the society
• Robust design and construction practices
• Recent advances in research & development in engineering and technology
• Technology, youth and innovation
• Other engineering and scientific topics of interest

Abstract Submission:
All who wish to present their work at the conference must submit an abstract of about 250-500 words (one page) by May 30, 2014 online at http://www.asnengr.org/ . (Click “Annual Conference and Meeting” on the left margin.) Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Technical Committee to determine their suitability for presentation at the Conference. Authors will be notified about status of their abstracts by June 5, 2014. If you have any question, please contact Technical Chairs listed below.

All abstracts should be prepared according to the following format:

(1) Provide 1” margin on all sides. (2) 1st line: Type the title of presentation/paper (Arial, 14 point font, bold and centered). (3) Leave one blank line below the presentation title and provide authors’ information - name, affiliation, city, state, country (use Times New Roman, 12 point font and centered). (4) Leave one blank line below the last author’s information and type heading for the abstract as “ABSTRACT” (use Times New Roman, 12 point font, bold, underlined and centered). (5)Leave a blank line below the abstract heading and provide abstract text of 250 - 500 words on the rest of the page (use single space, Times New Roman, not less than 10 point font, align text to left and right margins). The abstract may include representative figures and results. (6) Provide a footnote with each author’s job title, affiliation, complete address, phone number, e-mail address, and ASNEngr/CAN-USA membership grade, if any. Limit abstract to 1 page.

Conference Proceedings:
All accepted abstracts will be compiled in the form of the conference proceedings/book of abstracts and will be posted on the ASNEngr and CAN-USA websites. For reference, please see the proceedings of the previous years’ conferences available at http://www.ASNEngr.org or http://www.CAN-USA.org.

Tentative Program Schedule
(Subject to change)

Saturday, June 21, 2014
8:30 AM – Registration
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Conference Opening and Plenary/Keynote lecture
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Technical Sessions I & II: Technical Presentations/ Panel Discussions
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Technical Sessions III & IV: Technical Presentations / Panel Discussions
5:30PM – 7:00 PM: Annual General Membership/and Board of Directors and other Meetings
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM: Networking Dinner and Conference Closure

Sunday, June 22, 2014)
9 AM –Sight-seeing – Grand Canyon, which is around 4.5 hours drive from Phoenix, AZ (for those interested).



Registration

All conference attendees are required to register. Registration can be done online via the ASNEngr website at http://www.ASNEngr.org. On-site registration at the conference venue will also be available.

Visit: http://www.ASNEngr.org for more information on ASNEngr and its activities.
Visit: http://www.CAN-USA.org for more information on CAN-USA and its activities.


Conference Organizing Committees

General Chairs:
Rajendra K. Shrestha, Ph.D. (President, ASNEngr),
ConocoPhillips Company, Houston, TX (E-mail: RShrestha1234@yahoo.com)
Amod K. Pokhrel, Ph.D. (President, CAN-USA)
University of California, Berkeley, CA (E-mail: amodpokhrel@gmail.com)

Technical Chairs:
Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D. (ASNEngr)
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (E-mail: MallaR@engr.uconn.edu)
Pradeep Khanal (CAN-USA)
Intel Corp., Santa Clara, CA (E-mail: PradeepKhanal@gmail.com)

Local Committee Chair
Achyut Shrestha
E-mail: achyuty2k@gmail.com

Committees:


Steering Committee
Baikuntha Adhikari
Rabin Bhattarai, Ph.D.
Jagannath Ghimire, P.E.
Samana Ghimire
Pujan Joshi
Pradeep Khanal (Technical Co-Chair)
Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D. (Technical Co-Chair)
Sagan Onta, P.E.
Amod Pokhrel, Ph.D. (General Co-Chair)
Bineet Sharma
Achyut Shrestha (Local Chair)
Rajendra Shrestha, Ph.D. (General Co-Chair)
Janka Thapa, P.E.
Binod Tiwari, Ph.D., P.E.

Technical Committee
Ambika Adhikari, Ph.D.
Ananta Baidya, P.E.
Rabin Bhattarai, Ph.D.
Laxman Devkota, Ph.D.
Niresh Dhungana
Sanjaya Gajurel, Ph.D.
Jagannath Ghimire, P.E.
Samana Ghimire
Pujan Joshi
Upendra Karna, D. Eng., P.E.
Kanhaiya Kayastha, P.E., S.E.
Pradeep Khanal (Technical Co-Chair)
Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D. (Technical Co-Chair)
Sagar Onta, P.E.
Amod Pokhrel, Ph.D. (General Co-Chair)
Bineet Sharma
Technical Committee (Cont’d..)
Achyut Shrestha (Local Committee Chair)
Rajendra Shrestha, Ph.D. (General Co-Chair)
Janak Thapa, P.E.
Binod Tiwari, Ph.D., P.E.

Local Committee
Lekhnath Acharya
Ambika Adhikari, Ph.D.
Baikuntha Adhikari
Mithun Bista
Satya Chataut, P.E
Nalini Chhetri, Ph.D.
Netra Chhetri, Ph.D
Laxman Devkota, Ph.D.
Niresh Dhungana
Dilli Gurung
Shashi Gyawali
Bharat Kandel, P.E
Pradeep Karna, P.E.
Bishu Malla
Sameer Pandey, P.E
Arjun Poudel
Surya Poudel, Ph.D. Candidate
Sajib Prajapati
Upendra Puri
Rohini Sharma, SME Distinguished
Achyut Shrestha (Chair)
Gajendra Shrestha, P.E
Milan Shrestha, Ph.D
Samridhi Shrestha, Ph.D.
Yogendra Upreti
Bikash Vaidya

Transportation/Parking:

Metro Light Rail: If taking the Metro Light Rail, you will need to get off at the Veterans Way/College Avenue (ASU Stadium) stop. An all-day pass is $4.00 (debit, credit card or cash are accepted). To get to Memorial Union from this light rail stop, walk south down College Avenue from the station, cross University Drive and walk down the mall to Memorial Union under the solar power parasol structure with the fountain. http://trips.valleymetro.org/full_trips/new?new=true

Airport: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

Parking: Public parking is available across the street at the Fulton Center (on College Avenue). Please bring your parking ticket with you – SCN will provide stickers for parking validation; otherwise, parking is $12/day in this garage. This garage accepts cash, VISA and Mastercard and is within walking distance to Wrigley Hall.

Directions to ASU: http://www.asu.edu/map/directions.html
ASU Parking Options (public parking in red): http://www.asu.edu/parking/maps/tempe-current.pdf
City of Tempe Parking: http://www.downtowntempe.com/ParkIt.aspx
ASU map: http://www.asu.edu/map/interactive/#

Hotels
http://americanindian.clas.asu.edu/files/TEMPE%20HOTELS%20NEAR%20ASU%202014_2.pdf

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