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Priyanka Sharma

Outstanding Young Engineer Award

Chemical Engineering


Dr. Priyanka Sharma is a co-founder of Kazmira, a manufacturing company which focuses on the large-scale production of botanical extracts from industrial hemp.Dr. Sharma has a bachelors in Chemical Engineering &a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of Illinois at Chicago.Together, Dr. Sharma and her co-founder Mr. Sharma, manage a team of engineers and scientists at their manufacturing facility in Watkins, CO. Prior to her role at Kazmira, Dr. Sharma completed her doctorate under the supervision of Dr. Sohail Murad at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During this time, Dr. Sharma published multiple journal articles and review article, including one book chapter all focusing on work in molecular modeling of functionalized nanoparticles and their behavior in biological systems. At Kazmira, Dr. Sharma is enthusiastic towards mentoring young engineers and technical operators in building a strong manufacturing team. For Dr. Sharma, an energetic and focused team is the foundation of a successful manufacturing company, one that she hopes to replicate around the world to provide international markets with pure botanical extracts from industrial hemp. Through the dedication of her and Mr.Sharma, they continue to work towards their infinite goal of accelerating the access of industrial hemp derived cannabinoids to the world through premier science and education.