Biraj Singh Thapa

KU-staff
Assistant Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering
Staff Quarter, KU, Dhulikhel
+9779861936212
bst@ku.edu.np
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Honors and Awards
Research
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Professional Profile

Established a track record for the high-impact publication with Scopus h-index: 11.

Demonstrated capacity in undertaking cross-disciplinary research and securing grants.

Specialized knowledge and experiences on hydropower technology and sediment handling.

Proven excellence in strategic planning and executing of consulting projects.

Professional leadership qualities and capacity for administrative responsibilities.

Current Position:

Assistant Professor (April 2012 - Till now), Department of Mechanical Engineering,  Kathmandu University, Nepal

Education:

PhD in Fluids Engineering (2013-2016), Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

MS by Research in Hydraulic Machinery (2010-2012), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kathmandu University, Nepal

Master of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering (2003-2005), Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering (1998-2002), Kathmandu University, Nepal

Intermediate of Science (1996-1998), Kathmandu University, Nepal

Profession Experience:

Member Secretary and Faculty-in-Charge, Turbine Testing Lab, Kathmandu University, April 2012 -Dec 2013 & March 2018 - March 2021

Team Leader, Green Hydrogen Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kathmandu University

Supervisor for 1 PhD and 3 Masters by Research studies at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kathmandu University

Visiting Scholar, State Key Laboratory of Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering Science, Wuhan University, China, 2019-2020

Focal Person from Kathmandu University to the Himalayan University Consortium to follow up the activities associated with HUC on relevant Thematic Work Groups, 2018-2020

Project Leader for the project “Capacity and competence development for introducing Francis Turbine in Nepalese Micro Hydropower Projects”, funded by NORAD to Kathmandu University, 2018-2020.

Project Leader for the project “Cooperation for Capacity Development Program on Education of Future Generation of Water Resources Development Professionals”, funded by World Bank to Kathmandu University, 2017-2018

Focal Person for implementing MoU between Kathmandu University and NEA Engineering Company; between Kathmandu University and Chilime Engineering and Services Company; and, between Kathmandu University-School of Engineering and School of Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering at Wuhan University for “Cooperation in the field of energy and power sector development and contribution to increased cooperation between academic institutions and industries for education and research”

Activity Leader for the project “EnergizeNepal Project at TTL (Establishment of a center for design, operation, and maintenance of mechanical equipment for hydropower plants in Himalaya Region at Kathmandu University)”, funded by NORAD/ The Royal Norwegian Embassy to Kathmandu University, 2016-2021

Expert Consultant for the project “Incubation of Turbine Design Services as a Spin-off Company from TTL and Developing Competencies for Designing and Manufacturing Francis turbines for Low Head Applications", funded by NORAD to Kathmandu University, 2015

Project Leader for the project “Capacity Development for Utilization of Reversible Pump Turbines in Nepalese Hydropower Projects”, funded by NORAD to Kathmandu University, 2013-2014

Project Leader for the project “Need assessment of Improvement on traditional foundry technology of Nepali arts and crafts for implementing in engineering products”, funded by University Grant Commission to Kathmandu University, 2013-2014

Activity Leader for the project “Feasibility Study for Turbine Manufacturing and Testing Facility in Nepal”, funded by NORAD/ The Royal Norwegian Embassy to Kathmandu University, 2012-2013

Exchange Researcher, Waterpower Laboratory, NTNU, Norway, February-June 2011

Activity Leader for the project “Development of hydraulic turbines with new design philosophy as a foundation for turbine manufacturing in Nepal”, funded by NORAD to Kathmandu University, 2010-2013

Honors and Awards

Session Chair, IAHR-ASIA Symposium on Hydraulic Machinery and Systems, 2019, Korea

Best Paper Award, iCAEED, Australia, 2019

Invited Speaker ‘2018 International Workshop on Renewable Energy Development’, Mokpo University, Korea

Represented Nepal in ‘Second Meeting of the Himalayan University Consortium Thematic Working Group on Water', co-organized by ICIMOD and Yunnan University, China, 2018

Participation in ‘Asia Pacific Water Leadership Program’, co-organized by ICIMOD and ICEWaRM, Australia, April 2018

Invited speaker in a side event ‘Hydropower – part of the solution for sustainable development at ‘Global SDG 7 Conference’, United Nations ESCAP, Thailand, 2018

Invited speaker at the ‘Nepal Power Investment Summit 2018’, organized by Energy Development Council of Nepal, 2018

Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Energy, SCIREA, 2018

Resource Person, Workshop on Understanding Plagiarism, Nepal, 2017

Participation in ‘PIV Training Program’ conducted by LaVision GmbH, Germany, 2015.

Outstanding Reviewer Award, Renewable Energy Journal, Elsevier, 2017

Best Paper Award, Asia-Pacific Forum on Renewable Energy, 2011

Participation in ‘Sediment Management Workshop’ organized by International Center for Hydropower (ICH), Nepal, 2010

Participation in ‘Invitation Program for Science and Technological Human Resources’ conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Center, Japan, 2010

Research

Hydropower,

Sediment Erosion,

Experimental Methods,

Particle Image Velocimetry, 

Renewable Energy,

Green Hydrogen

Other Position

March 2018-March 2021, Faculty In-Charge, Turbine Testing Lab, Kathmandu University

April 2012- Dec 2013, Member Secretary, Turbine Testing Lab, Kathmandu University

Feb 2010 -March 2012, Research Fellow, Turbine Testing Lab, Kathmandu University

Jan 2008 - Jan 2010, Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering, Eastern Engineering College, Nepal

Jan 2006 - Dec 2008, Teaching Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kathmandu University

Aug 2004 - July 2005, Lecturer, Kantipur City College, Purbanchal University, Nepal

Aug 2002 - July 2004, Teaching Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kathmandu University

Publication