Program Detail

Detail Program, Saturday, August 14, 2021

“All times are in US Eastern Time”

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM Conference Opening

Ananda Paudel, PhD, PMP, General Chair, Welcome and Conference Overview
Thakur Dhakal, PE, President, ASNEngr, Welcome and Society’s Overview  

 9:10 AM – 9:30 AM Guest Speakers

Yuba Raj Khatiwada, PhD, Nepali Ambassador to the United States of America Washington, D.C.
Tri Ratna Bajracharya, PhD, President, Nepal Engineers' Association (NEA)
Sanyukta Shrestha, President, Society of Nepalese Engineers in UK (SONE UK), London, UK

9:30 AM – 9:50 AM Conference Theme Speech

Fostering Technology Development for Shared Benefits, Bhola Thapa, PhD, Vice Chancellor, Kathmandu University

Break 9:50 AM – 10:00 AM

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Keynote Address

Session Chair: Rajendra Shrestha, PhD
Solar  Photovoltaics: Market, Technologies, Reliability and Certification, GovindaSamy TamizhMani, PhD Professor, Arizona State University

10:30 AM – 11:10 AM Plenary Session

Session Chair:  Prakash Kaini, PhD and Manoj Karkee, PhD
Climate Challenge and Hydropower in Nepal: Myth or Reality, Pravin Karki, Lead, Global Hydropower & Dams Program, World Bank
Understanding of Flood Disaster Conditions and Recovery in Nepal, Upendra Karna, D.Eng, PE

11:10 – 11:40 - Panel Discussion: ASNEngr's Activities

ASNEngr Officers: Narayan Pokharel (PEng), Shyam Sharma, PhD, PE , Jagannath Ghimire, PE

Invited:                   Indra P. Acharya, PhD, Chief, Pulchowk Campus
                               Basanta Joshi, PhD, Head, Electronics Department, Pulchowk Campus

Break 11:40 AM – 12:10 AM

12:10 – 1:15 PM Technical Session I Planning, Sustainability and Environment

Session Chair: Kamal Gautam, PhD, PE and Om Dhodary, PE
Towards Creating Smart and Sustainable Cities in Nepal, Ambika P. Adhikari, D.Eng, AICP (Invited Speaker) 
Advancing Urban Resilience through Local Area Planning, Upendra Sapkota, AICP 
Developing Mobile Wind Energy Unit for Supplying Power for Hurricane Affected Community, Rabin Dhakal*, Siva Parameswaran, and Hanna Moussa
Development of a Low-Cost Aerial Research Platform for Hyper-Local Air Pollution Mapping in Nepal, Prateek Man Shrestha, Sudip Bhattrai, Rakesh Chandra Prajapati

Break 1:15 AM – 1:25 AM

1:25 – 2:30 PM Technical Session II Transportation Infrastructure 

Session Chair: Pusker Regmi, PhD, PE and Salil Devkota, CCM
An Overview of Transportation System Modelling, Birat Pandey, PE 
A Study of NM 500 Bridge for the Use of SRH-2D Hydraulic Model to Develop “NO RISE” Documentation for Project in FEMA Regulatory Floodway, Govinda Karki, PhD, PE
Development of Non-Proprietary Ultra High Performance Concrete, Bijaya Rai*
An Enhanced Framework to Compute Road User Costs, Jeremiah Adebiyi*, K. Joseph Shrestha,  Moin Uddin


Detail Program, Sunday, August 15, 2021

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM  Conference Opening and Motivational Speaker 

Session Chair:  Ramesh B. Malla, PhD, F ASCE, F ASNEngr
Greetings from Society of Neplease Student in Korea (SONSIK), Ravi Ghimire
The Aspirational Engineer in Nepal - What to Expect in the Next DecadeAnil Chitrakar 

9:30 AM – 10:35 AM Technical Session III Emerging Technologies 

Session Chair: Samana Ghimire and Kiran Adhikary, PE
Engineering Education in Nepal and ASNEngr’s Role, Dinesh K. Sharma, PhD (Invited Speaker)
Beyond Bitcoin: Decentralizing Trust at an Industrial Scale in Transportation and Supply Chain using Blockchain Technology, Rajat Rajbhandari, PhD 
Drones: The Future of Bridge Inspection, Utsab Pokharel
Incompatible Graded Finite Elements Used for Thermal Stress Analyses, Sukirti Dhital*, Jeongho Kim

Break 10:35 AM – 10:45 AM

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Technical Session IV Physical Environment and Human Interactions

 Session Chair: Prakash Malla, PhD, F ASNEngr and Sudha Bhusal, PE
A Science of Human Society with Two Eyes Open, Ram Poudel, PhD
The Architecture of Hope - "Cancer Care Center", Upama Khadka* 
Design and construction of housing for flood-prone rural areas of Terai, Shraddha Adhikari 
Design of Affordable and Practical Wheelchair Booster Module, Smirti Pokhrel*, Armoghan Shaheen

Break 11:45 AM – 12:25 PM

12:25 PM – 1:55 PM Panel Discussion: Engineering Pathways

Session Chairs:  Sarmin Ghimire and Surya Thapa, PE
Binod Tiwari, PhD, PE
Bishal Khadka
Janak Thapa, PE
Pratistha Pradhan, PhD, PE
Rabin Dhakal
Raju Joshee, PMP

1:55 PM – 2:00 PM Awards and Conference Closing Remarks

ASNEngr President and Conference General Chair

2:00 PM – 2:35 PM Virtual Networking

Mangal Maharjan, Members of Executive Committee 


* indicates student presenters