I am an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and The Polytechnic School at ASU, where I run re-Engineered, an interdisciplinary group that embeds environmental projection, social justice, and peace engineering. Current areas of work and teaching include:
- creating structures to mobilize engineers and scientists to collaborate with community groups addressing environmental, climate, and energy justice challenges
- understanding participation in just energy transitions
- infusing principles of justice into energy technology design
- reimagining the future of environmental governance
- activist engineering and environmentally-responsible engineering
- fluid/gas dynamics
- use-inspired design
- space systems
I am originally from Mumbai, India, but feel equally at home in Michigan or Washington, D.C. (and now, the Valley!). I studied aerospace engineering (specializing in gas dynamics and combustion) and sustainability ethics at the University of Michigan. I then spent three years as a AAAS Fellow in Washington, D.C., first at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the Innovation Team, where I worked on climate change resilience and low-cost air pollution sensors; and then at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Water Power Technologies Office, helping design and run the Wave Energy Prize. I also work as co-founder of the Constellation Prize.
You can read more about what we do on our group website here, and at our group blog here.