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Bhavna is interested in the use of sustainable construction materials in design and engineering. She uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate and develop natural materials, such as bamboo, for structural use. Areas of research include structural and small scale experimental testing, modelling and design. Through a multi scale approach, her research forms the basis for non-conventional materials to be utilised and accepted in design and engineering practice.

Education/Academic qualification

Civil and Environmental Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh


Civil and Environmental Engineering, Master in Science, University of Hawaii


Art History, Master of Arts, University at Buffalo State University of New York


Architecture, Bachelor of Arts, University at Buffalo State University of New York



  • TH Building construction
  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • NA Architecture

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Projects 2016 2022

Research Output 2005 2019

Whole Timber Construction: A State of the Art Review

Bukauskas, A., Mayencourt, P., Shepherd, P., Sharma, B., Mueller, C., Walker, P. & Bregula, J., 2 May 2019, In : Construction and Building Materials. 213, p. 748-769 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

4 Citations (Scopus)

Chemical composition of processed bamboo for structural applications

Sharma, B., Shah, D. U., Beaugrand, J., Janeček, E. R., Scherman, O. A. & Ramage, M. H., Jun 2018, In : Cellulose. 25, 6, p. 3255-3266 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Chemical analysis

Inventory-Constrained Structural Design: New Objectives and Optimization Techniques

Bukauskas, A., Shepherd, P., Walker, P., Sharma, B. & Bregulla, J., 16 Jul 2018, Proceedings of IASS Annual Symposia: IASS 2018 Boston Symposium: Environmentally compatible structures. p. 1-8 8 p. (Proceedings of IASS Annual Symposia).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Possibilities of bamboo construction: From vernacular techniques to industrialized solutions

Sousa, H. S. & Sharma, B., 19 Sep 2018, IABSE Symposium, Nantes 2018: Tomorrow's Megastructures. International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), p. S32-35-S32-42

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Citation (Scopus)

Processing bamboo for structural composites: Influence of preservative treatments on surface and interface properties

Shah, D. U., Sharma, B. & Ramage, M. H., 1 Oct 2018, In : International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives. 85, p. 15-22 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Composite materials
Contact angle


Reinforcement of Timber Dowel-Type Connections Using Self-Tapping Screws

Author: Zhang, C., 2018

Supervisor: Sharma, B. (Supervisor) & Harris, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD