Dr. Suresh Sharma is a faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering at YSU. He is originally from Nepal. He worked as a Civil Engineer in Nepal government before deciding to come to the United States for his PhD at Auburn University in 2008. He worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Purdue University before joining the faculty position at YSU in 2013.
Recently, Dr. Sharma, in collaboration with City of Mentor and Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District, has received a gracious grant from the EPA. The grant was given to him because of his research with the Mentor Marsh. The Mentor Marsh watershed, along the Lake Erie coastline, has the potential for future economic development via eco-tourism related activities, which have strong and positive impacts on the local economy.
“In 2016, we established the monitoring stations from the upland watershed with some grant support from the Ohio Sea Grant and Lake Erie Protection Fund. However, this study was conducted in the upstream tributaries using two monitoring stations, which only provides some basic information from the upland sub-watersheds,” said Dr. Sharma. “Therefore, additional monitoring stations were needed in the Mentor Marsh, especially in the downstream region, to develop a separate hydrodynamic model for the complete investigation of salinity inputs within this watershed. We wrote a proposal to EPA to establish nine (9) additional monitoring stations and couple a watershed model with a hydrodynamic model to fully understand the salinity intrusion mechanism in Mentor Marsh.”
The grant from the EPA was, in total, $187, 959 for three years. In terms of using the grant, Dr. Sharma and his team will be monitoring the additional sites that were added to the Lake Erie coast. They will also be recording the stage of the stream and developing models. With the addition of more sites, Dr. Sharma will be adding new students to his research team after reviewing various applications from interested candidates.
Aside from his research, Dr. Sharma is also the faculty advisor for the Nepali Student Organization on campus. The organization was created to help Nepali students become used to the multi-cultural setting at YSU. There are currently about 40 students in the organization. To learn more about his research and involvement at YSU, please take a look at his website http://ssharma06.people.ysu.edu/. To find out more about the Nepali Student Organization, contact the club President, Romit Thapa at email@example.com.