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Mohan Dangi
California State University, Fresno

Mohan Bahadur Dangi is an American environmental engineer, science diplomat, and professor in the Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning at California State University (CSU), Fresno with a specialization in technical and social aspects of solid waste engineering and management. Professor Dangi is known best for applying the stratified cluster-sampling technique to understand municipal solid waste generation at the source in low-income countries. He has successfully tested a combination of engineering and social science approaches to tackle a four-decade-long, ineffective endeavor in solid waste management in Kathmandu, Nepal. His work in curriculum development and capacity-building activities has produced eight memoranda of understanding between U.S. and Nepali universities as well as two engineering curricula in his native country of Nepal. He developed a life-changing study abroad course to the third pole, Cultural Landscape and Environmental Change in the Himalayas, which brings ten U.S. students to work with ten of their Nepali peers each year. Professor Dangi, a 2021-2022 Jefferson Science Fellowship winner from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, has been awarded numerous accolades and recognition for his work. For example, he is a 2021-2022 Fulbright U.S. Scholar to Nepal from the U.S. Department of State and received the 2017-2018 Fulbright Specialist Award also from the U.S. Department of State. He was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar alternate to Nepal in 2020-2021. He was nominated for Steven K. Dentel AEESP Award for Global Outreach and, is a two-time nominee for the Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching at CSU, Fresno. His students have received Standard Bearer of the College, multiple Most Outstanding Student Awards, and Best Poster Presentation Awards at state and international research presentations. Professor Dangi earned his Ph.D. and MS in Geography and Environmental Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, both MSc in Environmental Science and Engineering and BSc in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Refining with a minor in Asian Studies and International Politics from Colorado School of Mines, and AS in Physical Sciences with valedictorian from Central Wyoming College. He is a professional engineer (PE) in Colorado and serves on the Editorial Board of Waste Management & Research and three other journals. Among the leadership, Professor Dangi chairs University Task Force on Climate Action, co-chairs the College International Education Committee and Global Conference on Environment & Sustainability, and is a member of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).

USAID Profile

Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance
Office of Field and Response Operations

Mohan Dangi serves as an Environmental Sustainability Advisor in the Supply Chain Management (SCM) Division within the Office of Field and Response Operations (FARO). The SCM manages purchasing, transfer, examination, and distribution of non-food items to USAID warehouses and disaster readiness sites globally. Dangi has been assisting SCM in understanding humanitarian packaging waste. He is in the process of formulating humanitarian packaging waste mapping projects in different geographic regions, helping the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) to better understand the generation and handling of solid waste within the supply chain, and evaluating and suggesting guidelines covering waste issues within the BHA and among its partners. As part of this work, Dangi is also offering his rich expertise in solid waste and case-based knowledge from developing countries to the Joint Initiative effort coordinated by USAID and a dozen other international organizations.