Originally from Nepal, Dr. Suresh Sharma, a new assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has travelled a long way to become a part of the YSU STEM College. Dr. Sharma brings to YSU STEM a different approach to teaching along with his passion in hydraulic design, fluid mechanics, water resources engineering, and surface water quality modeling.
“Students are really eager,” says Dr. Sharma, “They are enthusiastic to learn.”
He received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and his master’s degree in Water Resources Engineering from Tribhuwan University in Nepal. Dr. Sharma then came to the United States and earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Auburn University in 2012. He then pursued his post-doctoral research at Purdue University.
Before coming to the U.S. and starting his Ph.D., Dr. Sharma worked as a civil engineer in Kathmandu, Nepal for seven years. While working as a civil engineer, Dr. Sharma was able to work on many interdisciplinary projects for his country, which is rich in water resources.
Dr. Sharma has always had a love of water, and since his move to Youngstown, he is interested in researching some of the water resources that are in our area. He would like to be able to do more research on Lake Erie, in addition to the research he is currently doing in the oil and gas industry. He hopes to help the department establish a stronger water resources research knowledge base.
Dr. Sharma has always been interested in teaching and believes in a hybrid approach using books and modern techniques. When he isn’t in his office or teaching in front of a class, Dr. Sharma enjoys reading, studying, and spending time with his wife and son. In the four months that he and his family have been in Youngstown, they have done some exploring in Mill Creek Park and Pittsburgh.