Prachand Man Pradhan

Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering
P.O. Box 6250, Department of Civil Engineering, Kathmandu University
+977-11-415100 Ext.1105 (Off.); 9851049174,
Honors and Awards

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Scopus Author ID: 57210099103

Web of Science ResearcherID: AAS-3723-2020

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Kathmandu University. (2014)
  • Exchange student for Graduate School, PhD Course , Seoul National University, S. Korea. (1 Sept.2010-28 Feb.2011)
  • Special Course on Earthquake Engineering, IIT Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India. (2004)
  • M.Sc. Structural Engineering, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University. (2000)
  • B.E. Civil Engineering, Punjab Engineering College, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. (1991). 

Employment History:

  • 9 June 2023 onwards: Professor of Civil Engineering, SoE, KU
  • 16July, 2021 onwards for 4years: Deputation at Manmohan Technical University (MTU) as Dean of School of Engineering (MTU).
  • May 2018 - 15 July 2021: Associate Professor & Head, Department of Civil Engineering, Kathmandu University
  • Dec.2008 - May 2018: Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Kathmandu University
  • Aug.2001 - Dec. 2008: Assistant Professor, & Head of Department, Khwopa Engineering College, Bhaktapur
  • Jan.1992- July 1998: Civil Engineer, Integrated Consultants Nepal Pvt. Ltd., Baneshwor, Nepal

 Professional Experiences:

  • Coordinator of Technical Committee for AAC Block Standardization, Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology, Nepal Govt., Feb. 2019
  • Advisory Committee Member for the revision of NBC 105, National Building Code: Code of practice for Earthquake Resistant Design of structures in Nepal from March, 2018, DUDBC, Central Level Project Implementation Unit (CLPIU), Nepal Govt.
  • Advisory Committee member for Powerhouse Design Guidelines, Ministry of Energy, Department of Electricity Development, Nepal Govt. from 2018 June.
  • Member, Technical Committee and Sub-Committee, Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology for OPC Cement Standardization, Nepal Govt. from July 2016.
  • Feasibility study of storm water drainage system in Nepalgunj Municipality
  • Civil/Structural Engineer, development of contract documents and specifications, structural design and construction supervision of Transmission Station Building Construction Project at Phulchoki for Nepal Television.
  • Project Engineer, survey, design and estimation of Greater Pharping Water Supply Project, Pharping V.D.C.
  • Quantity and cost estimator for Feasibility Study of Storm water Drainage System in Butwal Municipality.
  • Civil Engineer, Survey, design and estimation of Dhading Besi-Sunaula Bazaar Road (8 Km), Dhading.
  • Civil Engineer, survey, preliminarily structural analysis and design of two bridges (over Gobraiya Nala and Talbunga rivers) at Mahendranager Municipality.
  • Civil Engineer, Involved in site selection, surveying and structural designs of de-silting basins, RCC reservoirs and other components of water supply works at Banepa Municipality.
  • Civil Engineer, Site selection as well as source appraisal works for water supply, undertaken for JAKPAS, a World Bank Project in the Sindhuli and Danusha Districts.
  • Civil/Highway Engineer, Surveying, Designing and quantity estimation works of Budhabare-Shanischare Road (~6Km) and Butabari-Pakalibhatti Road (~6.5Km) at Jhapa for UNHCR.
  • Civil Engineer, Survey and quantity estimate of River Training works at Ratuwa and Mawa Rivers at Damak for UNHCR.

Freelance Experiences:

  • Retrofitting Design of a commercial building at Butwal, 2016.
  • Retrofitting Design for Kathmandu University School of Management building at Balkumari, Kathmandu, 2015.
  • Retrofitting Design for Kathmandu University Library building at Dhulikhel, 2015.
  • Structural Design of Turbine Testing Laboratory for Kathmandu University, 2009.
  • Structural Design of Hospital Buildings; Maternity Block, Training Center and OPD Block of Primary Health Care and Research Center, Bajrabarahi, Chapagaon) for WIND Consultancy, 2007.
  • Structural Design of Resunga School, Gulmi, Tamghas, for WIND Consultancy, 2007.
  • Structural Engineer: Structural Design of Khwopa Engineering College’s Computer Engineering Building (fived storeys) at Bhaktapur, 2004.
  • Structural Engineer: Design and consultant for the 450,000 liters over head water tank (Intz tank) in Parsha, an ADB/HMG project on small town water-supply development, 2003.
  • Project Engineer, Source appraisal work for water supply system at Chiti-Tilahar VDC, Lamjung undertaken for RWSFB.
  • Structural Design for Building Design Authority, Kamaladi, of Tribhuwan University Building of Humanities, a Higher Education Project (HEP), Kirtipur, 1997.
  • Structural Design for Building Design Authority, Kamaladi, of Tribhuwan University Building of Management, a Higher Education Project (HEP), Kirtipur, 1997
  • Structural Design for Building Design Authority, Kamaladi, of Tribhuwan University Building of Education, a Higher Education Project (HEP), Kirtipur, 1997
  • Structural Design for Building Design Authority, Kamaladi, of Budhanilkantha High School Girls’ Hostel Building, Budhanilkantha, 1997.
  • Structural Design of Gaur Municipality Building, 1997.
  • Structural Design for Design Consortium (Present Design Cell) of Govinda Bhawan (Present Kumari Bank) at Putali Sadak, 1996.
  • Structural Engineer for the design of five storey RCC Commercial Complex at Bhatbhateni for Mrs. Shanti Sherchan, 1996.
  • Consultant for the Construction and supervision of lodge complex in Royal National Park Chitwan for Chitwan Jungle Lodge, 1992.
  • Civil/Structural and Construction/Supervision Engineer for a number of residential and industrial structures.

Editorials and Reviewers:

Professional Memberships:

  • Nepal Engineering Council; Registered Member
  • Nepal Engineers’ Association(NEA), Life Member
  • Structural Engineers’ Association, Nepal (SEANep), Treasurer; # 06, 2003-05.
  • Structural Engineers’ Association, Nepal (SEANep), Life Member
  • Indian Society of Earthquake Technology(ISET), India, Life Member
  • Member of Sakura Science Club, Japan 

 International Visiting Lectures & Key note speech:

1. Visiting Lecture at State Key laboratory of Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering Science, at the Academic Hall of State Key Laboratory, Wuhan University, China.

Topic of lecture, "Structural Engineering and how earthquake force act on dams", 25 June, 2018

2. Keynote Speaker: International Conference on Recent Trends in Construction Materials and Structures (ICON2019), 18-20 Sept. 2019, VIT, Vellore, India.

Guest Lecture: To PG students of Structural Engineering, VIT, Sept. 2019.

3. Visiting faculty: To Master level students of Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi (TUIASI), Romania, May 2018 under Erasmus Plus KA1 Program.

4. Speaker: Online Lecture, Disaster Management and Mitigation, Faculty Development Program, Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences, Coimbatore - 641114, India, on 29 July 2020. 

5. Keynote speaker: "A Webinar on Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis using Advanced Engineering Software", organized by EEREC Pvt. Ltd. on 10 October 2020. 

6. Visiting Expert Lecture (on-line) to Master level students of Structural Engineering at School of Civil Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore on the topic "The Concepts of RC Doubly Reinforced Beams and Flanged Beams", on 11 November, 2020. 

7. Keynote Speaker for Four-Day Online Faculty Development Programme on "Recent Trends and Advances of Thrust Areas of Reseach in Civil Engineering(1-5 March 2021). Lectured on 1st March 2021 at REVA University, Bengaluru, India. 

8. Invited Speaker (virtual mode) for an International Conference, ModTech 2021, Modern Technologies in Industrial Engineering organized by Professional Association in Modern Manufacturing Technologies, ModTech Iasi, Romania on 24 June 2021. Topic of speech, "Partially Infilled Frame Behavior Under Lateral Loading", (23-26 June, 2021, Eforie Nord, Romania).


Honors and Awards

1. T.C.S. Colombo Plan scholarship, India (1987)

2. NPEEE scholarship, India (2004)

3. SNU-Woongjin Global Multicultural Scholarship, S.Korea (2010)

4. Nepal Biddhya Bushan (Class "Ka"), Gold Medal Received from President of Nepal (2015)


Research Interests:

Infilled Masonry Frames, Structural Dynamics, Earthquake Resistant Design, Retrofitting of structures

Research Activities:

1. Application and demonstration of the green construction materials for the post - disaster reconstruction in Pakistan and Nepal.

Awarded: August 2019

Funding agency: National Key R&D Program China

Research Institution: Wuhan University of Technology, China

Principal investigators: Chuanlin Hu

Co-investigators: Dr. Prachand Man Pradhan, Mr. Bishnu Gautam

Secondary institutions: Department of Civil Engineering KU, Sarthak Concrete

2. Construction of Design Response Spectrum for Nepal: A Probabilistic Approach

Awarded December 2017

Status: Completed on February 2020

Funding agency: University Grants Commission

Grant reference: SRDIG 73/74-Engg-01

Research institution: Kathmandu University

Principal investigators: Dr. Prachand Man Pradhan

Co-investigators: Mr. Shiva Timalsina, Mr. Mahesh Raj Bhatt

3. Seismic Safety and Resilience of Schools in Nepal, (EPSRC Global Challenge grant research project, UK)

Awarded May 2017

Status: Completed on September 2020

Research institution: University of Bristol

Principal investigators: Anastasios Sextos

Secondary institutions: Kathmandu University

4. On going PhD in Civil Engineering Thesis Supervisor to following candidates:

i. Suman Shrestha from Aug. 2019

ii. Bharat Chalise from Aug. 2020

iii. Sunil Duwal from Aug. 2020

5. On going Master thesis Supervisor to following students

i. Pooja Amatya from Aug. 2020 for MS by Research        in Civil Engineering