Viraj Sawant is a first year PhD student working on designing policies to promote sustainable technologies. Before joining the program, Viraj spent two years at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations in the energy & climate team working on sustainability policies including technology transfer, embodied jobs in renewable energy sector, climate financing and waste management. Prior to that, he worked as an energy market analyst at a Houston based energy advisory firm- Gelber & Associates. Viraj holds a master’s degree in Energy Economics from Rice University and a bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering and Material Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
His current work with Prof. Deepak Rajagopal involves looking at electrification of public transit and ride sharing in India from investment and feasibility standpoint. In his free time he likes reading, rock-climbing and exploring food!