Fulbright Specialist Program Grantees 2017

 

Dr. Keshav Bhattarai

Professor/Geography Coordinator, School of Environmental Physical & Applied Sciences, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri

Project: Enhancing the Capacity of Tribhuvan University Faculties in Urban Planning

Host Institution: Center for International Relations, Tribhuvan University and Tribhuvan University Central Department of Geography

Dr. Keshav Bhattarai, Professor/Geography Coordinator in the School of Environmental Physical & Applied Sciences at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, is currently in Nepal on a Fulbright Specialist grant from June 21-July 30, 2018.  He is Nepal at the invitation of the Centre for International Relations at Tribhuvan University.  Welcome Dr. Bhattarai!

Here is a brief overview of his work in his own words:

I feel good working in Nepal.  Between June 20 and July 30, 2018, I plan to advance my ongoing urban planning studies in Nepal. I am especially interested in helping to develop the concept of “smart cities” as inspired by many elected representatives of various municipalities of the Federal Republic of Nepal.  I plan to discuss the concept of “smart city” with academicians, urban planners, elected representatives, and other stakeholders involved in urban planning. According to various government sources, Nepal has planned to create new 40 modern cities along the corridors of Mid Hill Highways and Tarai Postal Highway, and in the Inner Tarai region, and promoting at least ten cities into smart cities while accommodating around 100,000 people in each city with all the ingredients of “smart city”. During my stay in Nepal, I aim to develop guidelines how to gather real time information and assist the Central Department of Geography (CDG) at Tribhuvan University. During my two days of discussion with faculty colleagues at CDG, I found strong interest in developing a manual how to build real time database by involving various stakeholders, and include such concept in the curriculum. Despite various shortcomings of many logistic facilities needed to develop real time data, the enthusiasm seen among faculty members and students at CDG is very encouraging. I look forward working with such an encouraging body of faculty members and students. Many of the students are engaged in urban planning and have real world knowledge. Their insights will be very helpful in documenting steps needed to develop real time database in the midst of various logistic hurdles. As the proverb goes “where there is will there is a way,” innovative faculty colleagues and students are the great sources of inspiration to overcome hurdles and achieve the goals.  Look forward in actively engaging in the urban planning initiatives of CDG which aims to provide a leading role in urban planning initiatives in Nepal both from philosophical and technical aspects.

 


Mohan B. Dangi

Associate Professor, Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning, California State University (CSU), Fresno

Project: Teaching Solid Waste Engineering and Capacity Building at TU
Host Institution: Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu

 

Mohan B. Dangi, Ph.D., P.E. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning at California State University (CSU), Fresno. Currently a Fulbright Specialist at the Central Department of Environmental Science in Tribhuvan University, Nepal and Kathmandu Institute of Applied Sciences, Dr. Dangi is a Coleman Fellow at his home institution. Dr. Dangi, also a former Francois Fiessinger Fellow of Environmental Research and Education Foundation, was a Research Member at the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, the Johns Hopkins University from 2004 to 2009. He received AS in Physical Sciences with the highest honor of valedictorian from Central Wyoming College, BSc in Chemical and Petroleum Refining Engineering with a minor in Asian Studies and International Politics and MSc in Environmental Science and Engineering with high honors from the Colorado School of Mines, and MS and PhD in Geography and Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He is also a registered Professional (Environmental) Engineer (PE) in the state of Colorado. Among other recognitions, Dr. Dangi was awarded DISCOVERe fellowship and eScholar awards by CSU, Fresno, Phi Beta Delta National Student of the Year Award, American Meteorological Society Fellowship, and Trio Award in the US and Mahendra Vidhya Bhushan Gold Medal in Nepal. He has extensively studied and published work related to solid waste and environmental policy analysis covering Nepal. Dr. Dangi, a frequent visitor to the University of Wyoming and a Visiting Professor at the Central Department of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, has spent much of his career promoting educational exchanges and training programs in his native country of Nepal.  

 

Research Interests: Municipal Solid Waste, Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries, Environmental Policy Analysis, Environmental Change in the Himalayas, Surveying and Field-based Studies.

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