My Profile

Samir Kumar Khanal,  Ph. D.
Research Assistant Professor (Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering)

             Affiliate faculty (Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies)









 Information for Prospective Students, Post-docs and Visiting Scholars

I grew up in the birth place of lord Buddha. I had a passion for teaching from my early age.  I had my first teaching experience as a volunteer science and math teacher in Nepal, when I was merely 17. To become a qualified science and math teacher, I chose science as my major in intermediate. Unfortunately or fortunately (I don't know), I ended-up securing distinction in all science subjects. My teachers and peers persuaded me to go for medical or engineering school. During my biology class, I never enjoyed dissection experiments. At that point, I knew that I could never be a good doctor.  That's how I ended-up as an engineering student. However, I never gave-up my dream of becoming a "good teacher", and continued my graduate studies up to the doctoral level.  

In addition to my academic job, I enjoy biking, hiking, swimming, and traveling. Some of the countries, I have traveled are, India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore, South Africa, New Zealand, and of course U.S.


     Post-doctoral training, Dept. of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University (2002-2004)

    Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong (1998-2002).

     Master of Engineering (M. Eng.), Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (1996-1997).

    Bachelor of Engineering (First class with honors), Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India (1988-1993).

   Proficiency Certificate Level (First class with distinction in physics, chemistry and mathematics), Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal (1985-1987).


394 Town Engineering Building
Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011
Tel: (515) 294-7089
Fax: (515) 294-8216