Pawan Acharya is a master’s student at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in the Earthquake and Structural Engineering program. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the Institute of Engineering at Pulchowk Campus of Tribhuvan University, Nepal. He joined UNR in the spring of 2020 as a graduate research assistant. His research is focused on the application of polyurea elastomers for bridge strengthening and retrofitting. He is actively involved in the development and characterization of the polyurea material and fiber mixes for structural applications. He wishes to learn about the modern seismic engineering practices here in the U.S. and introduce them back to Nepal to improve the earthquake-resistant design practice there. Apart from studies, he enjoys meeting new people and learning about different cultures.