Mr. Charma was born in Johnson City, New York, and grew up in the Southern Tier area. Mr. Charma received an Associate of Applied Science, Civil Engineering Technology degree from Broome Community College, Binghamton, New York, in 1973. Following his graduation in 1973, Mr. Charma moved to Newark, Delaware and was employed by Edward H. Richardson Associates as a civil engineering designer. Mr. Charma received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Delaware in 1992.
Mr. Charma, a licensed Professional Engineer, has enjoyed a 42 year career in civil engineering, retiring in December, 2015, as principal and Vice-President of Operations at Landmark Science & Engineering, a civil engineering and environmental sciences firm headquartered in New Castle, Delaware.
His career affiliations and memberships include the National Society of Professional Engineers, past-officer of Delaware Engineering Society, member of the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers, past-member of the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers Law Enforcement and Ethics Committee, past-member of the American Public Works Association, member of the National Fire Protection Association, past-member of the New Castle County Water Resources Technical Advisory Committee, served as Governor Jack Markell appointee to the State Clean Water Advisory Council, Board member of the Downtown Newark Partnership, Chairman of the Downtown Newark Design Committee, member of the President’s Leadership Council of Delaware College of Art and Design, member of the Newark Arts Alliance, and member of the Delaware Contemporary.
Mr. Charma and his wife, who both share a love of the arts, have resided in Newark, Delaware for nearly 44 years. He and his wife were members of a semi-professional modern dance company, Dance Network, in Newark in the 1980’s. They have a son and a daughter, who are both artists in their own right. Their son, son graduated from Delaware College of Art and Design, with an Associates of Fine Arts degree, in 2011 and graduated the Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2013. Their daughter graduated from the University of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Dance), in Philadelphia, in 2016.
Mr. Charma’s diverse interests include music, drawing, painting, dance, metal sculpture, cross-word puzzles, architecture, woodworking, remodeling, and physical fitness.