2012 Joint ASNEngr/CAN-USA Conference (Greater Washington, D.C./Leesburg, VA; May 26-27, 2012)

[Hosted By Greater Washington D.C. Chapter of ASNEngr]

The American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr) and Computer Association of Nepal-USA (CAN-USA) held their fifth joint Annual Conference on May 26-27, 2012 in Leesburg, Virginia (Greater Washington, D.C. area), U.S.A. The Greater Washington, D.C. (GWDC) Chapter of ASNEngr, the very first chapter of the Society, was proud to host this conference first time. About 160 participants including 110 practicing engineers, scientists, technologists, academicians, and students from private and multinational industries, government agencies, and academia, and 50 accompanying guests attended the conference. The conference drew participants from 15 States in the U.S. (including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C.), Canada, and Nepal. >>> Press Release (June 01, 2012) >> Conference Proceedings


American Society of Nepalese Engineers (ASNEngr) and Computer Association of Nepal-USA (CAN-USA) cordially invite you to participate in the 2012 Joint ASNEngr/CAN-USA Conference (5th ASNEngr Annual Conference and Meeting and 5th CAN-USA Annual Development Conference)

Conference Program [PDF] (new)

Conference Theme:
“Bringing Engineering, Scientific and Technological Communities Together for a Better World”

May 26-27, 2012 (Memorial Day weekend)

Holiday Inn Leesburg, 1500 E. Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176, U.S.A.
(Hosted by the Greater Washington, D.C. Chapter of ASNEngr

Conference Sponsors for 2012 Joint ASNEngr/CAN-USA Conference
(5th ASNEngr Annual Conference and Meeting and 5th CAN-USA Annual Development Conference)

Silver Sponsors:



  1. AMA Engineers LLC, Annandale, VA
  2. Angeethi Restaurant, Leesburg, VA
  3. Chhetry and Associates, PC, Philadelphia, PA
  4. ConocoPhillips Company, Houston, TX
  5. Fyfe Company LLC, San Diego CA
  6. Himalayan Consultancy LLC, Germantown, WI
  7. JES, VA / MD / DC / NC
  8. Mr. Shameer/Shama Khakurel, Fairfax, VA
  9. New York Life Insurance Company, Bethesda, MD
  10. R2 Integrated, Baltimore, MD
  11. Remax Component, Baltimore, MD
  12. RJN Group, Inc., Vienna, VA
  13. SHEETZ, Altoona, PA
  14. Spring Hill Real Estate, Vienna, VA
  15. Williams Galaxy LLC, Fairfax, VA


  1. ACS Hydrostructures, Norfold, VA
  2. BEI Structural Engineers, Inc., Fairfax, VA
  3. GEOENV Engineers & Consultants, LLC, Fairfax, VA
  4. Law Office of Keshab Raj Sedai, PC, NY
  5. New Grocery & Halal Meat, Manassas, VA
  6. Simpson Strong Tie Company, VA
  7. Mr. Rakesh Kumar, Chantilly, VA
  8. Travel House Nepal, Woodbridge, VA


Abstracts Due Date:
April 15, 2012 (Extended)

Engineers, scientists and others from closely related disciplines will gather to discuss on the recent developments in engineering, science and technology and their impact in the society. The conference will be held in Holiday Inn, Leesburg, VA (Greater Washington, D.C. area) hosted by the Greater Washington, D.C. (GWDC) Chapter of ASNEngr.

Paper presentations are anticipated covering a wide varieties of engineering, scientific and technology topics, including but not limited to, the following:

  • Earthquake Preparedness & Disaster Relief in Nepal
  • Advances in Infrastructure analysis, design, monitoring and sustainability.
  • Engineering Problems and Solutions
  • Application of scientific/engineering technologies into practice (Knowledge share)
  • Sustainability, Alternative/Renewable Energy, Clean-Tech
  • Information Technology and Its Role in the Society
  • Robust Design and Construction Practices
  • Recent Advances in Research & Development in Engineering and Technology
  • Technology, youth and innovation
  • Other engineering and scientific topics of interest


Abstract Submission:
All who wish to present their work at the Conference must submit an abstract of about 250 -500 words (one page) by April 15, 2012 online at http://www.ASNEngr.org or via e-mail to Technical Chair(s) listed below. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Technical Committee to determine their suitability for presentation at the Conference. Authors will be notified about status of their abstract by April 30, 2012.

All abstracts should be prepared according to the following format: [Click to download sample - Sample 1, Sample 2]

(1) Provide 1” margin on all sides. (2) 1st line: Type the title of presentation/paper (Arial, 14 point font, bold and centered). (3) Leave one blank line below the presentation title and provide authors’ information - name, affiliation, city, state, country (use Times New Roman, 12 point font and centered). (4) Leave one blank line below the last author’s information and type heading for the abstract as “ABSTRACT” (use Times New Roman, 12 point font, bold, underlined and centered). (5) Leave a blank line below the abstract heading and provide abstract text of 250 - 500 words on the rest of the page (use single space, Times New Roman, not less than 10 point font, align text to left and right margins). The abstract may include representative figures and results. (6) Provide a footnote with each author’s job title, affiliation complete address, phone number, e-mail address, and ASNEngr/CAN-USA membership grade, if any. Limit abstract to 1 page.

Conference Proceedings:
All accepted abstracts will be compiled in the form of the conference proceedings/Book of Abstracts and will be posted on the ASNEngr and CAN-USA websites. For reference, please see the proceedings of the previous years’ conference proceedings available at http://www.ASNEngr.org.

Special Attraction - Best Paper/Presentation Awards:
This will be a new attraction for this year’s conference. A panel of judges will evaluate the presentations delivered at the Conference. Top three best presentations/papers will be selected and recognized.

Overall Program Schedule (Detail Program Schedule PDF)

Overall Program Schedule At-a-Glance
Saturday, May 26, 2012

7:30 AM – 4:00 PM On-Site Registration Ball Room
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Conference Opening Ball Room
9:35 AM – 10:55 AM Technical Session I Ball Room
Session Title: Joint ANMF/ASNEngr/CAN-USA Initiative on Earthquake Preparedness and Disaster Relief in Nepal
11:05 AM – 12:25 AM Technical Session II Ball Room
Session Title: Earthquake Safety Engineering and Information Communication Technologies
12:25 PM- 1:45 PM Luncheon Ball Room
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM Technical Session III Ball Room
Session Title: Energy and Environmental Issues and Concepts
2:55 PM –4:15 PM Technical Session IV Ball Room
Session Title: Recent Advances in Engineering and Science Topics
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Networking Hour Ball Room
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Cultural Program Ball Room
8:30 PM – 10:30 PM Dinner and Entertainment Ball Room

Sunday, May 27, 2012

8:30 AM-10:00 PM ASNEngr General Membership and BOD Meeting. Loudoun Room
10:10 AM -11:10 AM Professional Development Presentation I Loudoun Room
Topic: “Use of Fiber Reinforced Polymers for Structural Strengthening” (The attendee will earn one hour of Professional Development Hour-PDH)
11:20 AM - 12:20 PM Professional Development Presentation II
Topic: “Lateral System/Wood Shear Wall Design”(The attendee will earn one hour of Professional Development Hour-PDH)
12:20 PM-1:45 PM Lunch and Closure Loudoun Room
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Tour & Sight-Seeing (if enough interest) Meet at Hotel Lobby
Tour Event: Sight-seeing of point of interest in Washington D.C. (This event will be held only if there is enough interest in advance.)


All conference attendees are required to register. Registration can be done online via ASNEngr website. On-site registration at the conference venue will also be available. Individual registering by Advance registration date of May 10, 2012 will receive the benefit of paying lower fees. The registration fees will include admission to all technical sessions both days and refreshments at breaks, luncheon, dinner, and admission to cultural and networking program on Saturday, May 26th, 2012.

Registration Fees* :    
Registration Type / Category
Before May 26, 2012
On May 26, 2012
Individuals $45.00   $50.00
Couples      $75.00   $80.00
$25.00 $30.00
Children 8-16 $20.00       $25.00
Invited Guest & Presenters from Nepal      $0.00 $0.00
*Registration Fees will include entry to all technical sessions, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and entry to cultural program.
**This category includes prfessionals, spouses registering separately, guests, and  children above 16 years.

Accommodation and Airport Transportation

Holiday Inn, 1500 E. Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176, U.S.A; Rate/night: $99 (discount rate). Contact: 703-771-9200 (Booking Code: ASN); Web site: http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/leesburg/wasle/hoteldetail.

Hotel Reservation Steps:
1. Click to this link. http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/leesburg/wasle/hoteldetail.
2. Enter Group Code "ASN" which is located on the left side just above the "View Rates".
3. Click "View Rates".
4. Select appropriate room and make payments.

Airports and Transportation:
The Dulles International Airport ( IAD) is 14.0 miles southeast and the Reagan National Airport (DCA) is 39.0 miles southeast from the hotel. Free shuttle service to/from Washington- Dulles International Airport (IAD) and the hotel (Conference venue) will be available.

A sight seeing tour will be arranged on Sunday, May 27, 2012. Please contact the Local Organizing Committee Chair, Mr. Shashi Dahal (E-mail: shashidahal@yahoo.com)

Conference Organizing Committee Contacts

General Chairs:
Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D.(President, ASNEngr), University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
(E-mail: MallaR@engr.uconn.edu); and
Nabin Khanal (President, CAN-USA), Microsoft Corp, Seattle, WA.
(E-mail: nabink@microsoft.com )

Technical Chairs:
Rajendra K. Shrestha, Ph.D. (Vice President, ASNEngr), ConocoPhillips Company, Houston, TX.
(E-mail: RShrestha1234@yahoo.com); and
Prabudhda Dahal (Vice President, CAN-USA), Hancock Forest Management, Charlotte, NC.
(E-mail: prabdahal@gmail.com)

Program Activities/Logistics Chair:

Jagannath Ghimire, P.E. (General Secretary, ASNEngr), RK&K, LLP, Baltimore, MD.
(E-mail: jaganghimire@yahoo.com)

Local Organizing Committee Chair/Contacts:
Shashi Dahal, P.E. (Chair, Local Organizing Committee), Dahal Consulting Engineers, Oak Hill, VA.
(E-mail: shashidahal@yahoo.com   
Yubaraj Budhathoki, P.E. (President, GWDC Chapter of ASNEngr), Chantilly, VA.
(E-mail: yubaraj_b@yahoo.com)

Steering Committee:

Kul Mani Acharya
Baikuntha Ahikari, P.E.
Yubaraj Budhathoki, P.E.
Prabudhda Dahal
Shashi Dahal, P.E.
Thakur Dhakal, P.E.
Sanjaya Gajurel, Ph.D.
Jagannath Ghimire, P.E.
Samana Ghimire
Pujan Joshi
Upendra Karna, P.E., D.Eng.
Nabin Khanal
Pradeep Khanal
Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D.
Sagar Onta, P.E.
Bineet Sharma
Prakash Shrestha, P.E.
Rajendra Shrestha, Ph.D.
Smarika Paudel Sitaula
Raj Tamang, P.E.
Janak Thapa, P.E.

Technical Committee:

Rishi Baral, P.E.
Prabudhda Dahal
Sanjaya Gajurel, Ph.D.
Samana Ghimire
Pujan Joshi
Updendra Karna, D.Eng, P.E.
Kanaihya Kayastha, S.E., P.E.
Pradeep Khanal
Nabin Khanal
Prakash B. Malla, Ph.D.
Pukar Malla,  Ph.D.
Ramesh B. Malla, Ph.D.
Suresh Ojha
Bipin Pathak, Ph.D., P.E.
Amod Pokhrel, Ph.D.
Bineet Sharma
Shyam Sharma, Ph.D., P.E.
Rajendra Shrestha, Ph.D.
Raj Tamang, P.E.

Local Organizing Committee:

Kul Mani Acharya
Rishi Baral, P.E.
Bhup Adhikari, P.E.
Mahesh Adhikari, P.E.
Yubaraj Budhathoki, P.E
Pramita Chitrakar   
Shashi Dahal, P.E.
Santosh Dhakal, P.E.
Thakur Dhakal, P.E.
Pradeep Gautam
Prakash C. Khanal, P.E.
Bipin Pathak, Ph.D., P.E.
Deependra Pokharel
Indra B. Poudel, P.E.
Shyam Sharma,  Ph.D., P.E.   

Arbina Shrestha
Lok D. Shrestha, P.E.
Raj Tamang, P.E.   
Rajendra Tamrakar, P.E.
Shalik Wagle


Sponsorship/Fund Raising Subcommittee
Thakur Dhakal, P.E. (Coordinator)
Arbina Shrestha (Co-Coordinator)
Yubaraj Budhathoki, P.E.
Pramita Chitrakar
Shashi Dahal, P.E.
Jagannath Ghimire, P.E.
Bipin Pathak, Ph.D., P.E.
Raj Tamang, P.E
Shalik Wagle

Communication and Website/Information Technology Subcommittee
Sanjaya Gajurel, Ph.D. (Coordinator)
Pujan Joshi (Co-Coordinator)
Samana Ghimire
Pradeep Khanal
Deependra Pokharel
Manish Shakya
Outreach & Promotion Subcommittee
Raj K. Tamang, P.E. (Coordinator)
Janak Thapa, P.E. (Co-Coordinator)
Baikuntha Ahikari, P.E.
Binod Basnet, P.E.
Pramita Chitrakar
Bimal Devkota, P.E.
Bimal Karki, P.E.
Updendra Karna, DEng, P.E.
Kanaihya Kayastha, P.E.
Prakash B. Malla, Ph.D.
Sagar Onta, P.E.
Bishnu Phuyal, Ph.D.
Indra B. Poudel, P.E.
Rajendra Shrestha, P.E.

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