Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Viraj Sawant is a 4th year PhD candidate in Environment and Sustainability. His dissertation focus is particulate matter air pollution with the aim of critically understanding the evolution of science that informs policies in the United States. His previous research includes diverse applied policy projects such as the state of global air quality data, environmental and economic benefits of electric vehicles for ride-sharing applications, electric bus transition pathway to address environmental justice concerns, climate change & technology transfer.
Viraj has been Senior Practicum Advisor for three years mentoring students for research projects that use life-cycle assessment to measure environmental footprint of various practices in the film & media production industry. He has also been teaching associate or fellow for several environmental science undergraduate classes including introduction to environment, life-cycle assessment, water management, sustainability for food, and energy economics and development.
Viraj has prior work experience in the policy research and development sector in India and corporate experience in energy markets in the United States. He holds a Masters in Energy Economics from Rice University and bachelor’s in Metallurgical Engineering and Material Sciences from IIT Bombay.