Tek Bahadur Katuwal is 33 years old, from Nepal. He has just joined the Department of Geoscience and Petroleum, NTNU to undertake a 4 – year PhD in the field of Rock and Tunnel Engineering. His main Supervisor is Krishna Kanta Panthi (Professor IGP, NTNU) and the co–supervisor is Dr. Chhatra Bahadur Basnet (Visiting Associate Professor, Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IoE)). Tek will focus, through research, on “Selection of Tunnel Construction Methods in Himalayan Rock Mass Conditions”. After the selection of relevant cases, he will be actively involved in a field visit to carry out engineering geological mapping, collect required data and representative rock samples from the Himalayan region for the laboratory investigation at IGP. The research work will mainly be carried out at IGP with frequent field visits to the Himalayan region. This research will recommend, geologically, optimum and economically viable tunnel construction methods for the Himalayan region.
This PhD research is part of “NORHED II PROJECT 70141 6: Capacity Enhancement in Rock and Tunnel Engineering at Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IoE), Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal” funded by NORAD and managed by IGP-NTNU. The main objective of this NORHED II project is, the establishment of an MSc Program in «Rock and Tunnel Engineering» at the Institute of Engineering (IOE) of Tribhuvan University, produce about 90 MSc graduates in Nepal and capacity enhance of the faculties through the production of 4 PhD graduates at NTNU within 2026.
Tek has graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering in Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IOE) of TU and has Master’s degree in Infrastructure Engineering and Management. Prior to joining NTNU, he was an assistant professor at Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC), Institute of Engineering (IoE), Tribhuvan University (TU) in Nepal. After completion of his PhD research work, he will return to his home country and contribute to research and academic activities at Pashchimanchal Campus (WRC) of the Institute of Engineering (IoE). He will be active in collaborative research initiatives between IoE, NTNU, tunnelling industry and other international academic institutions.