Professor and Former Head 

(Optimization and Graph Theory)
Central Department of of Mathematics
Institute of Science and Technology 
Tribhuvan University
Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal, 
Postal Address: P.O.Box. 13143
Phone.: (00977) 9841 152490 (cell)

Summary on  Responsibilities and Research Activities
Tanka Nath Dhamala received his Master’s degree in pure mathematics with Chancellor Gold Medal from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 1989 and M.Sc. nat. in Industrial Mathematics from University of Kaiserslautern, Germany in 1996. He completed his PhD in the field of Optimization from University of Magdeburg, Germany under the supervision of Prof.  Heidemarie Braesel in 2002. He is a Post-Doc fellow in Optimization  from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada under the supervision of Prof.  Wieslaw Kubiak in 2004-2005. 

Dr. Dhamala has visited research institutes including DIMACS (Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science) and RUTCOR (Rutgers Center for Operations Research) in the USA under the invitation of Prof.  Fred S. Roberts in 2003. He also visited the MDMC (Multi Dimensional Mobile Communication) Lab in Chonbuk National University, South Korea as a visiting professor under the invitation of Prof. Moon Ho Lee. He visited Japan as an education tour earlier in 1989 and  visited  France, India, Sri-Lanka, Philippines, China, Luxembourg, Malaysia and Myanmar for various scientific meetings. He has visited most of the places of Germany, mainly the University of Magdeburg, University of Kaiserslautern and TU Bergakademie Freiberg as his scientific homes.  He received TWAS (Thirld World Academy of Sciences) Award from Nepal Academy of Science and Technology in 2003 and NAST NABIL Science and Technology Award in 2016.  

Currently Prof.  Dhamala is working as a full professor leading the research group of Optimization, OR, Graph Theory, Scheduling Theory and Algorithms and was the Head (16 Jan 2020 - 15 Jan 2024), in Central Department of Mathematics, Tribhuvan University. He has supervised a number of PhD, MPhil and Master's degree students. He also hold the position of the Head of Department in Central Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, Tribhuvan University in  2007-2013. He had coordinated the MPhil Program in Mathematics at Central Department of Mathematics, Tribhuvan University since 2016 to 2019. 

Prof. Dhamala is a Georg Forster Research Fellow for Experienced Researcher under the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation sponsorship in Kaiserslautern in Germany with Prof. Horst W. Hamacher in between 2012-2014. He is a former German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany and NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) fellow and is was the DAAD  Research Ambassador for 2015-2021. As German academic collaboration, Prof. Dhamala coordinated the DAAD Partnership program with Prof. Hamacher at University of Kaiserslautern (2016-2019) and also for Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Group Linkage Program with Prof. Stephan Dempe at TU Bergakademie Freiberg (2016-2018) in Optimization and Graph Theory established  in Central Department of Mathematics. He was the Steering Committee Member of Silkroad Mathematics Center, Beijing, China. 

Prof. Dhamala has published a number of papers in the journals of repute, organized national and international conferences and workshops, and has been the editors, chief-in-editors (formerly: International Journal of Operations Research, Nepal;  Journal of Nepal Mathematical Society; The Nepali Mathematical Sciences Report) and reviewers of the scientific journals including AMS Review, zbMATH, Journal of Advanced Transportation, Hindawi, ANNOR, Springer Nature and OPSEARCH.

He has been academically affiliated in many academic organizations in Nepal and abroad like AMS (American Mathematical Society), NEGAAS (Nepal German Academic Association; President for 2020-2022), GAAN (German Alumnai Association of Nepal), ORSN (Operational Research Society of Nepal), MCDM (International Society of Multi Criteria Decision Making), Humboldt Club Nepal and Nerpal Mathematical Society (President for 2015-2018; Secretary for 2006-2009). He is also serving as a member of different research and subject committees in Nepalese universities.  Prof. Dhamala also served Science and Technology Cluster, University Grants Commission, Nepal (Member 2019-2021); Mathematics Subject Committee, HSEB, Government of Nepal (Chairman 2015-2016);   Nepal Information Technology Council (Member 2011- 2013); Mathematical Sciences Scientific Sub-Committee, NAST (Member 2006-2009, 2016-2018).

Mathematical modeling and solving the real-life problems using optimization, simulation and heuristics are the main concern of Prof. Dhamala. The most focused areas of his research include shop scheduling theory and algorithms, graph algorithms, JIT sequencing, vehicle routine, network optimization, facility location and logistic support problems. The current research area concerns on solving emergency evacuation planning optimization problems. Both auto-based and transit based  models and contraflow problems are focus of his research group. Including all disaster scenarios over the world, one of the potential areas for their implementation would be Kathmandu, Nepal. The models are also applicable in everyday rush-hour traffic.  A collaborative research is his vision.

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