My Story
​​ Hi there!
I am Sidharth, and I usually go by Sid! I am a graduate student at Penn State pursuing my doctoral studies in the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. I love exploring new ideas and have a broad research interest. Currently, my research focuses on addressing energy challenges in the industry, especially energy management and the policies related to it. Other projects that I am working on focuses on studying the health impacts of exposure to fine and ultrafine particulate matter, and life-cycle analysis of policies related to them.

I am also working as an Intern at the  Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP), providing consultation and technical services to businesses and anchor institutions - including manufacturers, and economic development agencies. I also worked as a Teaching Assistant at Penn State while pursuing my Master of Science degree. Prior to joining Penn State, I worked at various positions at Coal India Limited, latest being Project Manager after graduating with a B.S. in Mining Engineering from  National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India. 

I have lived all my life in India before coming to the United States. State College has been my home since January 2015. I am originally from Rairangpur, India

 Consulting - Project Management - Research - Teaching
Intern @ Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program
Aug 2017 - Present

  • Performed data analysis, and statistical analysis of unstructured and structured client data using advanced excel and R to identify key metrics for major business initiatives
  • Recommend changes in industrial layout designs, operations, and energy management through business reports and client presentations highlighting recommended changes, savings and payback period for proposed initiatives
  • Contributed to preparing a short-term business plan by conducting strategic market research to identify potential clients using online search and data mining techniques
Summer Intern @ Global Programs, Penn State
May 2017 - Jul 2017

  • Assisted with planning of International Student Orientation, which provided transition programming for approximately 4500 new international students from over 140 different countries.
  • Attended meetings with strategic partners university-wide for logistics and planning of different sessions
  • Developed a mobile application guidebook, a technology that provided students and parents with a comprehensive orientation schedule and various resources

Teaching Assistant @ Penn State
Jan 2015 - May 2017

As a Teaching Assistant, planned and prepared selected lectures, designed assignments, and graded exams for the following courses:
  • Safety and Health in the Mineral Industries (MNG 497) in Spring 2017
  • Introduction to Mining Engineering (MNG 230) in Spring 2017
  • Mining Engineering Project (MNG 451) in Spring 2017
  • Rock Mechanics (MNG 331) in Spring 2016
  • Drilling Laboratory (PNG 451) in Spring 2015

Project Manager @ Coal India Limited
Aug 2012 - Dec 2014

Managed 10 million tons producing surface mining project
  • Supervised a team of 120 employees. Increasing revenue by $78 million
  • Developed and implemented strategies for project expansion. Expanding operational capacity by 80%
  • Prepared contract documents for transportation services amounting to $60 million. Saving $4 million
  • Maximized operational efficiencies through continuous process improvement. Achieving 98% customer satisfaction
  • Successfully introduced and implemented geo-fencing to ensure zero pilferage of coal as a pilot project. The company has implemented it in all 431 coal mines it is currently operating.
Production Manager @ Coal India Limited
Aug 2010 - Jul 2012

  •  Managed a team of 220 employees. Increasing production by 8%
  • Planned mining operations, optimized resource utilization and scheduled workforce deployment
  • Facilitated compliance with ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and OHSAS 18001. Obtaining all the 3 certifications
  • Conducted the risk assessment of various operations and developed safe operating procedures. Reducing accidents to 0.
Awards and Accolades
Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Student Leadership Award
University Park, PA​​

Syd S. and Felicia F. Peng
Ground Control in Mining Scholarship Award
Denver, CO

Underground Construction Association Young Members Award
San Francisco, CA


IXL Innovation Olympics Winner
Boston, MA


Energy Days Best Poster Award
University Park, PA


WAAIME Scholarship Award
Phoenix, AZ


SME Environmental Division Scholarship
Phoenix, AZ


NIOSH Capacity Building Grant for Masters Education
University Park, PA


Society for Risk Analysis
Travel Grant
Arlington, VA


Institute Gold Medal
National Institute of Technology Karnataka, IN​​

Hutti Gold Mine Medal
National Institute of Technology Karnataka, IN


Incident 1981 Award​
National Institute of Technology Karnataka, IN


Certification of Merit
Institute of Engineers
Karnataka, IN

2008 and 2009

  • Board Member, Student Fee Board, Penn State
  • Member, Faculty Senate Committee on Student Life, Penn State​​
  • Graduate Student Representative, University Libraries Advisory Group, Penn State
  • Graduate Council Member, The Graduate School, Penn State
  • ​​Treasurer, Graduate & Professional Student Association, Penn State​
  • Executive Board Member, Graduate & Professional Student Association, Penn State
  • Graduate Student Coordinator, Global Programs, Penn State
  • Cahir Corps Member, Project Cahir, Penn State
  • ​Volunteer, American Red Cross
  • Member, Foundations in Global Engagement, Penn State University
  • First Polling Officer, 2014 General Elections, Government of India
  • Convenor, Publicity Committee, National Institute of Technology Karnataka
  • Member, Rotaract Club, National Institute of Technology Karnataka
  • Treasurer, Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, National Institute of Technology
  • Member, National Service Scheme, National Institute of Technology Karnataka
!Hit Me Up
Send me an email and I will get back to you! I'd also love to connect on LinkedIn.
217 Hosler Building,
University Park, PA 16802