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Mechanical Engineer

Boulder, Colorado, United States
May 15, 2018

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Prateek Man Shrestha

**** **** ** ***. *, Boulder, CO 80302 612-***-****


● Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering (Focus Area: Indoor Air Quality): University of Colorado Boulder (May 2018)

● M.S., Mechanical Engineering (Energy and Environment track): University of Colorado Boulder (Class of 2014)

● B.E., Mechanical Engineering: Tribhuvan University, Institute of Engineering (IoE), Pulchowk Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal (Aggregate score: 83.77%: 2nd highest of the batch) (Class of 2011) SKILLS

● Air quality monitoring instrumentation and statistical data analysis

● Building energy audits (LEED GA trained), blower door testing (InterNACHI certified)

● HVAC systems design, ductwork layout design, home heating systems performance inspection and diagnostics

● Building modeling and simulation tools: eQUEST, OpenStudio, EnergyPlus, CONTAM, BEopt

● Proficient in 3D CAD software: Autodesk AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Autodesk Inventor

● CFD and FEA: OpenFOAM, Code Saturne (CAE Linux), ANSYS, SolidWorks, ParaView

● Programming Languages: FORTRAN 77/90, C++, Python, MATLAB, R

● Typesetting/ Document Preparation/Referencing: LaTeX, MS Office, Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote

● Geographical Information Systems (ArcGIS)

● Instrumentation related to mechanical engineering using both analog and digital systems

● Control system design and operation including Arduino platform

● Computer Networking, Hardware Assembly and troubleshooting

● Hand Drafting (Engineering Drawing), graphical design and analysis of kinematic mechanisms

● Design, fabrication and analysis of mechanical and thermal systems including design of drivetrains, gear boxes, kinematic mechanisms, actuators, fasteners, pressure vessels, heat exchangers and turbomachinery

● Manufacturing process design, operations, metrology and quality control

● Hydro-mechanical system design for mini and micro hydro power plants

● Solar thermal systems design and analysis, Solar PV system design, sizing and installation

● Machine shop operations (machine tools including CNC machining, 3D printing, laser cutting, welding, sheet metal work, general metal work and foundry, plastic and fiberglass molding, wood working etc.)

● Metallurgical heat treatments and metallurgical microscopy

● Materials testing using universal testing machines, Charpy and Izod impact tests, shaft whirling tests, buckling load tests, bending stress tests, diamond indentation surface hardness, pressure vessel strain tests, torque strength test

● Automotive engineering, automotive repair, diagnostics and servicing of vehicles

● Organization and management skills, project planning, project engineering and documentation skills, MS project, inventory control, equipment selection, product QA/QC, product life cycle and economic analysis

● Teamwork oriented and experiences in team leadership as well as non-leadership positions

● Fluent in four languages: English (US and UK), Nepali, Hindi and Newari (Ethnic language of Nepal) EXPERIENCES

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder o Graduate Research Assistant

(Indoor Air Quality Research Group) Advisor: Prof. Shelly Miller (May 2014 – May 2018)

Lead Engineer, Indoor Air and Climate Change: EPA-G2014-STAR-A1 project: Research fieldwork involved blower door testing of buildings, walk-through inspection of homes, indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring with instrumentation in residential buildings (

● Data organization, data cleaning, data processing and statistical data analysis with R

● Data mining from National Weather Service, Department of Energy, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), NASA and NOAA (Hazard Mapping System remote sensing) databases

● Training and mentoring research assistants for research fieldwork and data collection

● Technical documentation, graphical representation and typesetting of research findings

● Communicating and presenting research activities and findings in conferences of scientific societies

● Networking and outreach with local agencies, academic institution and policy makers Prateek M. Shrestha 612-***-****

Protocol write-up for ASHRAE (1603) focusing on role of HVAC systems in transmission of infectious diseases in indoor environments and HVAC systems used in hospitals, aircraft and public commuter buses o Graduate Research Assistant

(Computational Fluid Dynamics) Advisor: Dr. Peter Hamlington (August 2012 – May 2014)

Simulations of turbulent, supersonic combustion in OpenFOAM software using the JANUS supercomputing cluster for applications in Rotating Detonation Engines (RDEs) and Pulse Detonation Engines (PDEs)

Lagrangian algorithm development for particle path-line tracing in turbulent flows using MATLAB

Simulation of fluidic injection thrust vectoring nozzles for supersonic aircraft applications using OpenFOAM and ANSYS Fluent

Test studies of fluid flow simulations using Salome Meca and Code Saturne software in CAE Linux o Graduate Teaching Assistant (Fall 2012 – Fall 2014)

Statics and Structures (MCEN 2023 – Fall 2012)

Dynamics (MCEN 2043 – Spring 2013)

Data Analysis (MCEN 3037 – Fall 2013)

Advanced Fluid Mechanics I (MCEN 5041 – Fall 2014) o Instructor, NSF Sustainable Building Research Experience and Mentoring (May 2014 – July 2014)

Mentored Native American students from Fort Peck Community College, Oglala Lakota College and Haskell Indian Nations University on sustainable building design and construction tailored to the local community needs of Native American reservations (

Techno-Mark Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (Kapan, Kathmandu, Nepal) o Research and Development Engineer (February 2012 – July 2012)

Designed and developed an experimental Chlor-alkali fuel cell working prototype

Tribhuvan University, Institute of Engineering- Pulchowk Campus (Kathmandu, Nepal) o Research Engineer (April 2012 – July 2012)

Designed a low-capacity Turpentine oil distillation plant for rural use in Nepal o Project Co-Supervisor (April 2012 – July 2012)

Co-supervised an undergraduate design project for the fabrication and strength testing of fiberglass wind turbine blades using local resources and low-tech manufacturing techniques available in Nepal o Part-Time teaching faculty (April 2012 – July 2012)

Taught Organic and Composite Materials and Renewable Energy Resources to fourth year (8th semester) mechanical engineering students

Taught Engineering Drawing II to first year (2nd semester) computer engineering, civil engineering and electrical engineering students

o Research Assistant (April 2012 – July 2012)

Assisted Dr. Ram Manohar Shrestha (Professor Emeritus, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand) for drafting the Atmospheric Brown Cloud Emissions Analysis Manual for Nepal and Bhutan using GIS software

Center for Energy Studies (Tribhuvan University) Pulchowk, Kathmandu, Nepal o Conference Secretariat (January 2011 – October 2011)

Correspondence and organization tasks for the Third International Conference on Addressing Climate Change through Up-Scaling Renewable Energy Technologies: RETRUD-11, Kathmandu

Robotics Club (IoE, Tribhuvan University) Pulchowk, Kathmandu, Nepal o Mechanical design and fabrication team leader (February 2007 – December 2010)

Computer aided design and fabrication of autonomous and manual robots for the ABU-ROBOCON international Asia-Pacific region events of 2008 (Pune, India) and 2009 (Tokyo, Japan) Prateek M. Shrestha 612-***-**** PUBLICATIONS AND POSTERS

● ‘Infiltration of wildfire and traffic related air pollutants in low-income residential homes’ (1st author, In progress)

● ‘Modeling study on contaminant transport in energy-retrofitted residential homes’ (1st author, In progress)

● ‘Impacts of building energy retrofits on indoor air quality in low-income homes in Colorado’ (1st author, In progress)

● ‘The impacts of home energy efficiency on respiratory health in low-income housing’ (2nd author, In progress)

● ‘Air Tightness and Respiratory Health in Low-Income Single-Family Homes in Denver, Colorado: Preliminary Results’

(Conference Paper, Indoor Air 2016)

● Poster – ‘Use of low-cost sensors for measuring outdoor pollutant infiltration in low-income single-family homes of Colorado’ (AQ-SPEC Conference, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Diamond Bar, California -2017)

● Poster – ‘Low-Income Single-Family Home Air-Tightness, Indoor Air Quality and Respiratory Health in Colorado during Fire Season’ (American Association for Aerosol Research, Portland, Oregon -2016)

● ‘Locally Manufactured Wind Turbine Blade Mold Pattern’-Davis, B., Shrestha,P., RETRUD-11 International Conference Proceedings, 2011

● ‘Design, Fabrication and Testing of a Stirling Engine’, Shrestha,P., Amatya, S., Pudasaini, K., 2010 (B.E. senior design project thesis)

● ‘An Experimental Study on Performance Characteristics of a Locally Fabricated Gamma-Type Stirling Engine’- Shrestha et al., E-Vision Vol. 6 (ISSN: 2091-0924), 2011 AWARDS & HONORS

● Spotlight on Student Research Award – Department of Mechanical Engineering, CU Boulder (2018 and 2016)

● Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Research Potential Fellowship - Department of Mechanical Engineering, CU Boulder (Fall, 2012)

● Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award –Department of Mechanical Engineering, CU Boulder (Spring, 2013)

● Academic Excellence Scholarship (Full Tuition Waiver) for the Bachelor of Engineering program in Mechanical Engineering -IoE, Pulchowk Campus, Kathmandu (2007)

● Academic Excellence Fellowship Awards, IoE (Pulchowk Campus) Kathmandu (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) ORGANIZATION AFFILIATIONS

● American Association for Aerosols Research (AAAR) - MBR#3287525

● American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - MBR#102114703

● American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) - MBR#8314379

● Class ‘A’ registered mechanical engineer in Nepal Engineering Council – Registration # NEC1188 Mechanical ‘A’

● Nepal Engineers’ Association (NEA) – Life Member

● Society of Mechanical Engineers Nepal (SOMEN) – Life Member

● Founding member: Society of Mechanical Engineering Students - Nepal (SOMES-Nepal)

● Robotics Association of Nepal (RAN) – General Member

● Advisor: Nepalese Students’ Association (NSA), CU Boulder (2013-2015)

● Engineers Without Borders – USA, CU Boulder (2013-2014) ACTIVITIES

● Volunteered at GRID Alternatives, CO for household installation of solar PV panels (June 2014)

● Coordinated numerous cultural shows and events at CU Boulder through Nepalese Student Association

● Coordinated 1st National Mechanical Engineering Expo at IoE, Pulchowk Campus (October 2009)

● Editorial team coordinator, E-Vision Journal Volume 6 (January to May 2011)

● Volunteering with Omega Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (Nepal) to design and develop dual axis solar PV tracking system

● Hobbies in outdoor sports, arts and crafts, gardening, musical instruments and culinary arts and drone racing REFERENCES

● PhD Advisor: Shelly L. Miller, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, Email:, Phone: 303-***-****

● Former mentor: Jamie Humphrey, MPH PhD, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Environmental and Occupational Health, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University, Email:, Phone: 352-***-****

● Teacher and PhD committee member: Lupita D. Montoya, PhD, Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder. Email:, Phone: 303-***-****

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