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Merrick School of Business

Deepak Sharma

Deepak K. Sharma, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department of Information Systems and Decision Science
Office: Business Center 475
Phone: 410.837.5107

  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
  • M.S., The University of Alabama
  • B.E., Gujarat University (Geotech Engineering Elective)

Deepak received his Ph.D. from University of Maryland, College Park in May 2012. His doctoral research focuses on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and has received the Best Civil Engineering Ph.D. Award. Before joining the Ph.D. program he earned his Master’s in Civil Engineering from The University of Alabama in August 2008. He holds Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Gujarat University in India where he was awarded a gold medal for best performance in Geotechnical Engineering elective group. He came to U.S. in 2007 to pursue higher studies. Since then he got involved in several research areas. In the recent years he has mainly focused on design and improvement of PPP contracts. He has published his works in various journals at regular intervals as well as presented his works at several conferences. His expertise and enthusiasm for PPP contracts enabled him to contribute significantly towards preparing several professional reports, funding proposals as well as a MS Excel based toolkit for Alabama DOT. Apart from his interests in PPPs he has also developed research interests in clean energy initiatives, issues related to climate change, carbon emissions and web-based sensing systems. He gained valuable construction industry experience through two summer internships. Before coming to the U.S. he worked as a full-time lecturer for six years in the Department of Civil Engineering of Nirma University and taught eight undergraduate subjects and labs. He was involved in planning, managing and organizing several national level events, seminars and conferences and students’ symposiums. He was actively involved in curricular and non-curricular activities including but not limited to examination committees, students’ cultural events and annual sports day celebrations.

Intellectual Contributions

Book Chapters

Arsham, H., Bardossy, G., & Sharma, D. K. (2014). Essentials of Linear Programming for Managers: From System of Inequalities to Software Implementation. IGI Global publisher. Chapter 7( First Edition), 96-127.

Refereed Journal Articles

Sharma, D. K., Cui, Q., Chen, L., & Lindly, J. K. (2010). Balancing Private and Public Interests in PPP Contracts Through Equity Capital Structure Optimization. Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2151/2010(DOI 10.3141/2151-08), 60-66.

Cui, Q., Johnson, P. W., Sharma, D. K., & Bayraktar, M. E. (2010). Determinants of Industry Acceptance For Highway Contracts. Journal of Infrastructure Systems. Vol.16(No.1), 93-101.

Conference Proceedings

Sharma, D. K., & Cui, Q. (2012). Model for Availability Payments in Public Private Partnership Projects. Construction Research Congress 2012.

Sharma, D. K., & Cui, Q. (2012). Subsidy Allocation Mechanism for Successful Implementation of Green Contracting Strategies. The 20th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction San Diego.

Cui, Q., Sharma, D. K., Farajian, M., Lindly, J. K., & Jilla, R. (2011). Feasibility Study Guidelines For Public Private Partnership Procurement on Highway Projects. 90th TRB Annual Conference.

Technical Report

Cui, Q., Sharma, D. K., Farajian, M., & Perez, M. (2010). Feasibility Study Guidelines for Public Private Partnership Projects. University of Maryland and University Transportation Center at Alabama. Report ALDOT 930-722R.


Sharma, D. K. INFORMS Annual Meeting 2014, "Application of DEA Model to PPP Projects for Improving Value for Money Assessment," San Francisco. (2014).

Sharma, D. K. INFORMS Annual Meeting 2013, "A Hybrid Model for Sustaining Long Term Infrastructure Projects," Minneapolis. (2013).

Sharma, D. K. The 6th Transatlantic Infraday Conference, "Innovative Billing Mechanism for Reducing Energy Consumption," Washington DC. (2012).

Sharma, D. K. The 4th Annual Trans-Atlantic INFRADAY Conference, "Design of Availability Payments for Public Private Partnerships," Washington, DC. (2010).

Sharma, D. K. The 89th TRB Annual Conference, "Balancing Private And Public Interests In PPP Contracts Through Equity Capital Structure Optimization," Washington, DC. (2010).

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Sharma, Deepak K.(Other), "Acquisition Research at the Naval Postgraduate School" Sponsored by Naval Postgraduate School, Federal, (2012 - 2013).

Research in Progress

"Billing Mechanism for Reducing Electricity Consumption" (On-Going)

"Game Theory Based Lean and Green Stragtegies for Achieving Global Sustainability"

"Hybrid Models for Long Term Contracts" (On-Going)