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Darshan Karwat

Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Biography

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 peace, social justice, and environmental protection in engineering. 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.

You can read more about what we do on our group website here, and at our group blog here.

Education
  • Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering and Sustainability Ethics, University of Michigan 2012
  • B.S.E. Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan 2007
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.

I ask three questions: Why are we engineers?  Who do we work for?  What is the full measure of our moral and social responsibility?

You can check out the work we do in re-Engineered here and here.

Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 594Conference and Workshop
HSD 598Special Topics
EGR 598Special Topics
SOS 790Reading and Conference
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)