Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India
I am an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur leading the Sustainability Data Analytics Lab within the Environmental Engineering and Management division since December 2018. My area of research includes sustainable agriculture and diets, biodiversity conservation, life cycle assessment, land management systems, environmental modeling and sustainable infrastructure. My work focuses on mining, processing and statistically analyzing existing data, applying mathematical models and developing quantitative methods to assess the impact of everyday products, human activities, economic sectors, national consumption and international trade on multiple indicators of the environment through life cycle assessment (LCA) approach.
This includes exploring the consequences of individual and collective human actions on issues such as climate change, biodiversity extinction, food security, land degradation, and loss of ecosystem services. Overall, my research aims to generate quantitative information through data analytics that can be used by policy-makers or individual stakeholders to transition towards sustainable production, consumption and human behaviors.
Prior to joining IITK, I held Postdoctoral Researcher and later a Senior Scientist position at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland. I earned my Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering with a focus on Life Cycle Assessment and Biodiversity conservation from ETH Zurich. Earlier I worked at United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 2009-2012 as Environmental Engineer. I obtained the Master of Science (M.S.) from University of Cincinnati in Ohio, USA and B.Tech. from IIT Roorkee, India.