MPhil (Yale University, 2015)
MS Environmental Engineering and Science (Stanford University, 2007)
BE Civil Engineering (Osmania University, 2005)
I am a Doctoral Candidate at Yale University in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. My work is interdisciplinary in nature, and I use quantitative and qualitative research methods to study environmental and societal transformations in the global South. I am interested in the mobilization of technological innovations to achieve developmental, environmental, and social objectives. My doctoral research is focused on rural household energy transitions in India. In particular, I study the political ecology of improved cookstoves in rural Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka. I am advised by Dr. Michael Dove at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University, Dr. K. Sivaramakrishnan at the Department of Anthropology, Yale University, and Dr. Robert Bailis at the Stockholm Environmental Institute. I rely on my diverse training in engineering, environmental sciences, and environmental anthropology to incorporate human dimensions into energy research.
I am currently a Fellow at the Graduate Writing Lab in the Center for Teaching and Learning at Yale University, and the Team Lead for the Social Sciences and Humanities team.
My previous work experiences include research and teaching at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and its affiliated university in India, where I worked on water, agriculture, and development issues. I have also worked as an engineering consultant in the San Francisco Bay area, planning and designing water and wastewater infrastructure for public agencies in the United States. I am a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California, and a LEED accredited professional.