Pema is an Engineer at the Division for Conservation of Heritage Sites since 2012. He holds a Master’s degree in Disaster Management (2020) from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Japan, with a Post Graduate Diploma in Earthquake Engineering (2020) from the International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (IISEE), Japan. He worked for multi-faceted built heritage conservation and disaster-related projects in collaboration with international development partners such as the World Bank, UNDP, JICA, and Bhutan Foundation, aside from the national importance projects. He constructed the first-ever state-of-art test facility of Bhutan that can cater to quasi-static tests on real-sized specimens and dynamic shaking table tests under the SATREPS project (2016-2022). He is amongst few Bhutanese engineers who ventured into the scientific and experimental research on traditional Bhutanese houses and historic monuments and has published several papers in national and international journals. He aspires to be an educationalist and scientific practitioner.

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