- Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
- MEng, University of California at Berkeley, 1996
- MPhil, University of Cambridge, 1994
- BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993
Sharp's current research and teaching interests include design for international development, applications of technology in humanitarian engineering, and sustainable water and energy systems.
Dr. Kendra Sharp has been a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University since 2010. She founded and now directs OSU’s humanitarian engineering program and was named the Richard and Gretchen Evans Professor of Humanitarian Engineering in 2015. She has an extensive background in experimental fluid mechanics.