Sudhir Shrestha, Ph.D.

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Dr. Sudhir Shrestha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Science at Sonoma State University. He received his Ph.D. from Louisiana Tech University and his Bachelor’s degree from Kathmandu University. Prior to joining SSU, he was with Miami University, Oxford, OH and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), IN. He has several years of postdoctoral and industry experience.

The Department of Engineering Science at SSU offers Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Computer and Engineering Science. SSU is a California State University located just an hour north of San Francisco and within 100 miles from Silicon Valley.


Dr. Shrestha teaches wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses and participates in developing new courses and laboratories. Learn more


Dr. Shrestha's current areas of research interest include sensing systems, embedded systems, sensor data analysis, wearable electronics, and RF/antennas. He has been a part of several National Science Foundation awards, including an award from the Smart and Connected Health program in 2015. He has several patents and more than 30 publications. Learn more

Service and Membership:

Dr. Shrestha actively participates in service, outreach, and community activities. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.

Educational Background: Electrical Engineering and Micro/Nanoscale Systems

Ph.D., 2009
Engineering (concentration in Micro & Nanoscale Systems)
Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
Dissertation on Chipless Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tags and RFID-Based Sensing Systems

B.E., 2003
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Nepal

Post Doctoral Training:
2009 – 2011, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, IN


Assistant Professor, 2017 – Present
Department of Engineering Science, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

Visiting Assistant Professor, 2016 – 2017
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Miami University, Oxford, OH

Assistant Research Professor, 2011 – 2016
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN

Postdoctoral Researcher, 2009 – 2011
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Graduate Research Assistant, 2005 – 2009
Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA

Teaching Assistant, 2004 – 2005
Thapathali Campus, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Cofounder, 2004 – 2005
Digital Link, Kathmandu, Nepal

Technical Support Engineer, 2003 – 2004
Vianet Communications, Lalitpur, Nepal

Recent and Significant Publications:
• M. Boubin and S. Shrestha, “Microcontroller Implementation of Support Vector Machine for Detecting Blood Glucose Levels using Breath Volatile Organic Compounds,” In prep.
• S. Shrestha and F. Farahmand, “Introducing Project-Based Engineering Laboratory to Non-Engineering Undergraduate Students,” 125th Annual Conference and Exposition, Salt Lake City, UT, Jun. 24-27, 2018.
• Y.-T. Chen and S. Shrestha, “Source Classification of Indoor Air Pollutants using Principal Component Analysis for Smart Home Monitoring Applications,” Accepted, 2018 IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology, May 3-5, 2018.
• T. McWhorter and S. Shrestha, “System for Monitoring Air Quality and Smog,” Accepted, 2018 IEEE Internal Conference on Electro/Information Technology, May 3-5, 2018.
• A. Siegel, A. Daneshkhah, D. Hardin, S. Shrestha, et al., “Analyzing Breath Samples of Hypoglycemic Events in Type 1 Diabetes Patients: Towards Developing an Alternative to Diabetes Alert Dogs,” Journal of Breath Research, Vol. 11, No. 2, Jun. 2017.
• Y.-T. Chen,  et al., “Electronic Nose for Ambient Detection and Monitoring,” Proc. Of SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing Conference, Anaheim, CA, Apr. 9-13, 2017.
• A. Daneshkhah, S. Shrestha, et al., “Poly(Vinylidene Fluoride-Hexafluoropropylene) Composite Sensors for Volatile Organic Compounds Detection in Breath,” Sensor and Actuators B, Vol. 221, pp. 635-643, 2015.
• S. Shrestha, et al., “Breast Tumor Detection by Flexible Wearable Antenna System,” International Journal of Computer Aided Engineering and Technology, vol. 4, no. 6, pp. 499-516, 2012.
• S. Shrestha, M. D. Balachandran, M. Agarwal, V. V. Phoha, and K. Varahramyan, “A Chipless RFID Sensor System for Cyber Centric Monitoring Applications” IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 57, no. 5, pp. 1303-1309, 2009. [100+ citations (]
• M. D. Balachandran, S. Shrestha, et al., “SnO2 Capacitive Sensor Integrated with Microstrip Patch Antenna for Passive Wireless Detection of Ethylene Gas,” IEE Electronics Letters, vol. 44, no. 7, pp. 464-466, 2008.

All publications

• Transmission Delay Based RFID Tag, US Patent No. 8736452, issued: May 27, 2014.
• Wearable Microstrip Antennas for Skin Placement for Biomedical Applications, US Patent No. 20110245653 A1, issued: Jun. 2, 2015.
• Layer-by-Layer Assembled Nanoparticles Based Thin Films for Solar Cells and other Applications, US Patent No. 9,444,003 B2, issued: Sep. 13, 2016.
• Paper-Based Lithium-Ion Batteries, US Patent No. 9.472.832 B2, issued: Oct. 18, 2016.
• Low Power Wireless Sensor System with Ring Oscillator and Sensors for Use in Monitoring of Physiological Data, US Patent Application, No. 14/685,298, filed: Apr. 13, 2015.
• Hypoglycemia Signature in Human Breath, Nanosensor Array and Smart Sensor for its Detection, US Provisional Patent Application, No. 62/146,753, filed: Apr. 13, 2015.
• Volatile Organic Compound Sensors, and Methods of Making and Using the Same, US Patent Application, No. 14/685,231, filed: Apr. 13, 2015