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Samir Khanal


Samir Khanal

University of Hawaii, USA

Samir Kumar Khanal is Professor of Environmental Engineering, Dept. of Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM).

Prof. Khanal was a Post-doctoral Research Associate for 2 years and then Research Assistant Professor for 4 years in the Dept. of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Iowa State University. He received BS (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur, India, and MS in Environmental Engineering from Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. His PhD degree is in Environmental Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong. Prof. Khanal’s research area anaerobic digestion, nanobubble technology, aquaponics and waste-to-resources. He has over 140 refereed publications in top-rated international journals in the field, 17 book chapters, and 10 books including one best-selling book (Anaerobic Biotechnology for Bioenergy Production: Principles and Applications) and one textbook (Bioenergy: Principles and Application) to his name. Prof. Khanal has also delivered over 130 plenary/keynote/invited/guest lectures nationally/internationally. Prof. Khanal was awarded the highly prestigious Board of Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research by the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (2018), Elsevier’s Impactful Research Award (2018) and CTAHR Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa (2016). Prof. Khanal was also awarded Pandey Research Excellence Award, International Bioprocessing Association (2021), and Outstanding Alumni Award-2021, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2021). He is an Editor of Bioresource Technology and serves on the Editorial Board/Advisory Board of four other journals. He has also served as a leading guest editor of several special issues related to Anaerobic Digestion and Waste-to-Resources for Bioresource Technology. He has served on various committees of other professional societies, including IWA-AD-17 world congress, International Bioprocessing Association (IBA). Prof. Khanal is a professional engineer in the state of Iowa.