I am a brand new assistant professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and The Polytechnic School at ASU. I am originally from Mumbai, India, but I feel equally at home in Michigan or Washington, DC (and now, the valley!). I studied aerospace engineering and sustainability ethics at the University of Michigan. I then spent three years as a AAAS Fellow in Washington, DC, first at the US EPA on the Innovation Team, where I worked on climate change resilience and low-cost air pollution sensors; and then at the US DOE in the Water Power Technologies Office, helping design and run the Wave Energy Prize.
BSE in Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 2007
PhD in Aerospace Engineering and Sustainability Ethics, University of Michigan, 2012
From philosophy to education to practice, I am passionate about creating an engineering profession that embeds the values of peace, social justice, and ecological holism at the very heart of engineering thinking. Engineers have and will continue to be integral in the design and development of technologies that shape human relationship to the Earth. Thus, to infuse engineers with ideals of justice, with practical tools to understand the impact of their work on people and the Earth, and with the ability to work intimately with those who have different kinds of knowledge and experiences, is to change the world.
I have a bunch of interests, like in renewable energy system design; climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience; community-based engineering; pro-bono science and engineering; peace; space systems; consumption, trash, and materialism; and applying open innovation tools to help mobilize people to addressing big problems.