NAPA IT Committee (2022-2024)


Chair

Dev Paudel
Dev Paudel, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Email: dpaudel at outlook dot com

Dr. Dev Paudel is currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida - Gulf Coast Research And Education Center where he is studying genomics of blackberry and citrus. Dr. Paudel received his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science in 2009. After completing undergraduate degree, he worked as Horticultural Development Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture in Nepal, where he was stationed at the District Agricultural Development Office in Sindhuli. Dr. Paudel completed his MS degree in Crop Science from Texas Tech University in 2012 under the guidance of Dr. Eric Hequet where he evaluated the potentials of new testing methods in cotton breeding. After this, he worked as a Research Technician at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Pecos, TX where he optimized growing algae for biofuel. Dr. Paudel received Graduate School Fellowship from the University of Florida to complete his PhD in Agronomy where he studied genomics and breeding of elephantgrass. After PhD, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Agronomy Department at the University of Florida where he worked on genome wide association studies in cowpea and GXE interactions in turfgrass. Dr. Paudel is a life member of NAPA. In the immediate past term, he was the Joint Secretary and was also responsible for maintaining and updating the NAPA website.

Members

Pramod Pokhrel
Pramod Pokhrel, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Email: pokhrelpramod99 at gmail dot com

Dr. Pramod Pokhrel is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University. He completed his B.Sc. (Agriculture) from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), Nepal, in 2010. He worked as a District Coordinator for Vegetable Seed Project (VSP-III) at the Center for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension, and Development (CEAPRED), Okhaldhunga, from 2012- to 2013. He joined Dryland Agricultural Institute at West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas, in 2014 and completed the MS in 2016. He completed his Ph.D. in 2020 from Texas A&M University. Dr. Pokhrel’s past and current research focuses on cropping systems, crop simulation modeling, and greenhouse gas emission. He is the vice-leader of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Soil Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Emissions community and will serve as leader of the community in 2023. Dr. Pokhrel is a life member of NAPA. In the immediate past term, he was a member of the Resource and Capacity Building Committee (RCBC) and chair of the Career and Outreach Committee (COC). He initiated and coordinated the NAPA Graduate Assistantship compilation and posting page.

Bijesh Mishra
Bijesh Mishra, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher, Oklahoma State University
Email: bjs.misra at gmail dot com

I am a resource economist with research focus on behavioral economics and natural resource management. I have a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management (Resource Economics and Forestry) with Ph.D. Minor in Statistics, and Ph.D. Minor in Agriculture Economics, Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies, and Bachelor’s of Science in Agricuture (Agricultural Economics) degrees. I am interested in the application of econometrics, statistics, machine learning, predictive modeling, and spatial analysis in social science research. l am lifetime member of NAPA and served as executive committee member from 2018-2022. NAPA developed google group based communication platform among members following my suggestion.

Bipin Neupane
Bipin Neupane, MS Graduate Student
North Dakota State University
Email: bipin.neupane at ndsu dot edu

Mr. Bipin Neupane is currently a MS graduate research assistant at Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University. His research mainly focuses on breeding winter wheat for biotic and abiotic stress tolerance. He completed his undergraduate from Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Nepal in 2020. Mr. Neupane is working as Editor of Agri News Portal, Ubjani dot com. He is currently serving as Vice President at Plant Science Graduate Student Association, NDSU and Member Secretary at Student Coordination Committee-NAPA.

Sandhya Neupane
Sandhya Neupane, PhD candidate
Tennessee State University
E-mail: sandhya.neupane1986 at gmail dot com

I am a plant pathologist doing PhD with research focus in ornamental pathology from the Department of Agriculture and Environment Sciences at Tennessee State University. My major interest is in plant disease diagnosis using several methods and its management using sustainable approaches.I received his Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science in 2009. Then I joined a Master's degree in Plant Pathologyat Tribhuwan University, Nepal and completed in 2012. I have more than nine years of experience in working as extension agent (Agriculture Extension Officer and Senior Horticulture Development Officer) through different departments of the Ministry of Agricultural Development, Nepal. I joined NAPA this year and am working as a general member.