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Darshan Karwat

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Biography

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.  

Education

BSE in Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, 2007

PhD in Aerospace Engineering and Sustainability Ethics, University of Michigan, 2012

Videos
A little talk on individual activism and lessening our burden on the world
Research Interests

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.

Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 494Special Topics
EGR 494Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 494Special Topics
EGR 494Special Topics
HSD 598Special Topics
EGR 598Special Topics
Work History
US Environmental Protection Agency, Innovation Team, Office of Research and Development (2013-2014) US Department of Energy, Water Power Technologies Office (2014-2016)