ABOUT ME

Samir Kumar Khanal, Ph.D., P.E.

I grew up in the birth place of lord Buddha. I had a passion for teaching from my early age. I had my first teaching experience as a volunteer science and math teacher in nepal, when I was just 17. I chose science as my major in college to become a science teacher. Unfortunately or fortunately (I don't know), I ended-up securing distinction in physics, chemistry and math. My teachers and peers persuaded me to go for a medical or an engineering school. During my biology class, I never enjoyed dissecting frogs and earthworms. At that point, I knew that i could never be a good doctor. That's how I ended-up as an engineer. however, I never gave-up my dream of becoming a "teacher", and continued my graduate studies up to the doctoral level. I obtained all my degrees from asian universities (B.S. India, M.S. Thailand and Ph.D., Hong Kong). In addition to my academic job, I enjoy playing racquet ball. By the way, I was an intramural champian at Iowa State. I also enjoy traveling. I travelled over 40 countries for research related activities.

 

MY EDUCATION

Mar 2002- Feb 2004

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Major: Environmental Biotechnology/Resource Recovery/Bioenergy 

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Feb 1998 - Feb 2002 

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong 

Major: Environmental Engineering (Environmental Biotechnology) 

Doctor of Philosophy

Jan 1996-Aug 1997 

Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand 

Major: Environmental Engineering (Water/Wastewater Engineering) 

Master of Engineering

Sep 1988 - Jan 1993 

Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India 

Major: Civil Engineering 

Bachelor of Engineering

 

PROFESSIONAL POSITION

 

PROFESSOR

August 2018 to present

Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Aug 2012 to July 2018

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Jan 2008 to Jul 2012

Department of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawai’i at Manoa (granted early tenure and promotion)

COLLABORATING PROFESSOR

Jan 2015 to present

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa

VISITING PROFESSOR

Jun to Jul 2016; Dec 2016 to Jan 2017; Jul to Aug 2017

School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sun-Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China

VISITING PROFESSOR

Jun 2016; Jun 2017

School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

VISITING PROFESSOR

Jun to Aug 2014

State Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioenergy, Hohenheim University, Stuttgart, Germany

DAAD RESEARCH FELLOW

May to Jul 2013

State Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioenergy, Hohenheim University, Stuttgart, Germany

INSTRUCTOR

Jul 1 to Aug 2, 2013

Sustainable Engineering, Université Catholique de Lille, Lille, France

VISITING SCIENTIST

May to Jul 2012

German Biomass Research Center, Leipzig, Germany

GRADUATE CHAIR

Jan 2009 to present

Biological Engineering Program, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

INSTRUCTOR

Jun 6 to Jul 13, 2011

Green and Global, American Business School, Paris, France

FACULTY AFFILIATE

Apr 2011 to present

Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), University of Hawai’i at Manoa

FACULTY AFFILIATE

Sep 2009 to present

Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability (REIS), University of Hawai’i at Manoa

COLLABORATING PROFESSOR

Jan 2008 to present

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering/Biorenewable Resources Technology, Iowa State University

VISITING PROFESSOR

Dec 2010-Jan 2011

Hohenheim University, Stuttgart, Germany

RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Mar 2004 – Dec 2007

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering; Biorenewable Resources and Technology; Biotechnology; Environmental Science, Iowa State University

BIOENERGY ENGINEER

Oct 2003 to Dec 2007

Lincoln Energy LLC, Nevada, IA; Midwest Grain Processor, Lakota, IA

VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Jul - Aug 2005; May - Sep 2006; Jun-Sep 2007

Environmental Engineering Program, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Mar 2002- Feb 2004

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, and Biorenewables, Iowa State University

RESEARCH/TEACHING ASSISTANT

Feb 1998 – Feb 2002

Department of Civil Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

AWARDS

Career Details

Throughout my education and career, I’ve worked on several research projects and have been fortunate to be involved with work published in a variety of different journals and media outlets. Check out my complete resume below, and contact me with your questions or if you’d like more detailed information.

 

BOARD OF REGENTS' MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH, UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA - THE HIGHEST RESEARCH AWARD BESTOWED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII SYSTEM

2018

ELSEVIER'S IMPACTFUL RESEARCH AWARD IN BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY

2018

CTAHR DEAN’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH, COLLEGE OF TROPICAL AGRICULTURE AND HUMAN RESOURCES, UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA

2016

EXCELLENT REVIEWER FOR BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY (BITE) (IF: 5.651)

2014

DAAD RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP, GERMANY TO CONDUCT RESEARCH AT STATE INSTITUTE OF AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING AND BIOENERGY, HOHENHEIM UNIVERSITY, STUTTGART, GERMANY

2013

R & D 100 AWARD FOR FUNGAL PROCESS FOR ETHANOL PLANT STILLAGE TREATMENT

2008

INTERNATIONAL WATER ASSOCIATION (IWA) PROJECT INNOVATION AWARD

2008

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD

2008

HONORS

   

 
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