Meet our guest: Kendra Sharp
Dr. Kendra Sharp is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University (OSU), currently on loan to the U.S. National Science Foundation where she has been serving as the Head of the Office of International Science and Engineering since February 2021. Previously, at OSU, she served as Senior Advisor for Global Affairs, where she provided leadership for the development and implementation of strategic initiatives in internationalization and global engagement. She was also an Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development. She founded OSU’s Humanitarian Engineering Program, and was named the Richard and Gretchen Evans Professor of Humanitarian Engineering.
She believes deeply in the value of interdisciplinary education and research, and using engineering and technology for positive social impact. She has extensive international research and teaching experience in the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Thailand. Recent awards include an Erskine Fellowship at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), OSU College of Engineering’s Faculty Mentoring Award, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering’s Edwin F. Church Medal, and OSU’s International Service Award. She was also a recipient of the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship in 1998, and was an American Association for the Advancement of Science/American Institute of Physics Congressional Science Fellow in the U.S. Senate in 2001.
Dr. Sharp received her Ph.D. and B.S. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Master’s degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of California-Berkeley.