Dr. Kendra Sharp’s primary
expertise is in the areas of experimental fluid mechanics including diagnostic
techniques, mixing, and microfluidics for biological and energy applications.
She is also working in the area of sustainable technologies, with an emphasis
on micro hydro, and international emphases in engineering research and
education. She was recently named a Glumac Faculty Fellow at Oregon State
University for her work in sustainable technologies.
Her current modeling efforts are
aimed at enabling better prediction of micro-hydro site conditions (current
& future). She is working with CES-NUST to evaluate and improve modeling
and developing tools for applications in Pakistan. Dr. Sharp is the CO-PI on a
USD 50,000/- joint NSF grant with Principal CES as the PI. During Professor
Sharp’s visit to CES-NUST, a joint proposal under the PAK-US Technology
Cooperation Program was fielded jointly by CES-NUST and OSU, USA, according to
which a micro-hydro testing and certification station will be set-up at NUST.
In her talk delivered to
CES/SCEE/IESE faculty and students, she said that Pakistan has huge potential
for micro-hydro systems which needs special attention for mitigating present
energy crisis. She demonstrated that although there are some challenges like
large variation in topography, complex precipitation patterns, and unreliable
data but Hydrological modeling is essential to better understand the
micro-hydro sites and installing most efficient system in Pakistan.