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Biography of the Speakers: Urban Challenges in the Context of Climate Change, at IIT Delhi
India Thursday, April 19, 2012

Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, and Liberty Institute, is organising a workshop on urban challenges in the context of the climate change debate.

Perspectives : Urban Challenges in the Context of Climate Change

Dr Arvind K Nema

Current Affiliation:
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi  

Ph.D. (Environmental Engineering), IIT Bombay India
Areas of Research Interest:
Environmental Engineering, Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Environmental Systems, Integrated Waste Management, Environmental Impact Assessment


Mr Barun Mitra

Current Affiliation :   
Liberty Institute
Profile :
Barun S. Mitra is the founder and director of Liberty Institute, an independent, non-profit, public policy research and advocacy organization, based in New Delhi. He has worked on a range of public policy issues, including climate change, energy, economic development, and environment. He is the recipient of the Julian L. Simon Award 2005 for his contribution to environmental policy debate.

He has been widely published in newspapers and magazines in India and across the world. He is often invited to comment on current affairs on national television channels.

Over the years, he has participated in a number of international events as a NGO delegate, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), UN’s World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), UN’s Stockholm Convention of Persistent Organic Pollutants, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial meetings, World Health Organisation, and others.

Email: Barunmitra@gmail.com

Session I : Water Management and Human Health Issues

Dr. Anshuman

Current Affiliation :
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)

Education :
M. Tech. (Energy & Environmental Management) from Indian  Institute of Technology (IIT), N. Delhi, India in 2002

Areas of Research Interest :
Water resource assessment studies including water quality and quantity evaluation.
Integrated water resource management at watershed level.
Water security and climate change studies
Water demand and supply management studies; (Agricultural, industrial and domestic water use)
Water conservation and recycling/reuse.
Comprehensive water & waste water, surface and groundwater studies & pollution load assessment
Comprehensive water audits.
Adequacy & efficiency studies of sewage & effluent treatment plants.
Environmental impact assessment (EIA) studies

E-mail: anshuman@teri.res.in


Dr Arun Kumar

Current Affiliatio:
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Ph.D. (Environmental Engineering), Drexel University Philadelphia, USA.
Areas of Research Interest:
Emerging contaminants; Human health risk assessment; Environmental decision-making

Email: arunku@civil.iitd.ac.in

Session II: Urban Heat Island Effects and Urban Air Pollution

Dr B R Gurjar

Current Affiliation :
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Ph.D. (Environmental Engineering), IIT Delhi (India)

Areas of Research Interest :
Air/water pollution; Urban transport and the environment;  Emissions and air quality in megacities; Air pollution and health  risk; GHG emissions and climate change; Environmental impact assessment and risk analysis; Energy and environmental policy evaluation; and Integrated cross-disciplinary studies of the environment, economy, technology, and infrastructure developments -- particularly with the global change, sustainable development and risk governance perspectives.


Prof. Manju Mohan

Current Affiliation:
Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016

Ph.D. (IIT Delhi)

Prof. Manju Mohan is actively engaged in research and teaching in the field of Air Pollution Dispersion Modelling for Air Quality Management and Risk Assessment at IIT Delhi for more than 30 years. During her research career she has worked in the areas related to Air Pollution Meteorology, urban Climatology, Atmospheric Chemistry, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of power plants and other industries, Coastal and Urban Air Quality Management, Long range transport and Quantitative Risk Assessment (QRA) for chemical and petrochemical industries, etc. Her current research interests are Atmospheric Chemical Modelling of Aerosols, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Urban Climate. Prof. Mohan has been Project coordinator of several sponsored (DST, CSIR, ISRO, AERB etc), consultancy and International cooperative projects (USA, Japan etc.) in the above areas. She is a member Environmental Appraisal Committee (Industry-I) of Ministry of environment and Forests, Govt. of India. She is also a member of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Subject Expert Committee for Technical Evaluation of Proposals of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences for  Women Scientist Scheme (WOS-A). She has also been a member of editorial board of IAAPC journal. She has begged prestigious scholarship, awards and medal. She became Fellow, Institute of Environmental Engineers in 1998. Institution of Engineers (India) awarded her Nawab Zain Yar Jung Bahadur Memorial medal for the best paper in Environmental Sciences.

Email: mmohan6@hotmail.com


Dr. Priyanka Kulshreshtha

Current Affiliation:
Delhi University

Post Doctorate in Occupational and Environmental Health, Ospedale Sacco University of Milan, Italy.
Doctorate in Resource Management(Delhi University)
Masters in Resource Management(M.S. University of Baroda,Vadodara)
Bachelor in Science from Dr.B.R. Ambedkar University.Agra

Areas of Research Interest:
Indoor air quality, exposure assessment and monitoring,resource management

Email: priya.kulsh@gmail.com


Dr. Sagnik Dey

Current Affiliation :
Assistant Professor, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, IIT Delhi

PhD (IIT Kanpur)

Areas of Research Interest:
Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interaction using Remote Sensing and Modelling

Email: sagnik@cas.iitd.ac.in

Session III: Green Construction/ Habitat

Prof. K Jaisim

Current Affiliation:
Council Of Architecture

Bachelor in Architecture

Areas of Research Interest:
Over fifty years of Architecture and Forty of a legendary practice has traversed and the adventure carries on: Encouraged by Sheila Tribe, his Design Professor at The School of Architecture (Madras), inspired by the likes of Mies Van Der Rohe,Buckminster Fuller, Otto Koenigsberger and Geoffrey Bawa amongst other icons, interned and disciplined under Architect Srikrishna Chitale and spirited away by Ayn Rand’s Fountainhead, Jaisim’s incurable romanticism led to the birth of JAISIM FOUNTAINHEAD in 1970.  Since then Jaisim Fountainhead has created and recreated a spectrum of projects. Jaisim has written over hundreds of papers and articles, made over thousand presentations and serve on several boards and councils, and finds time to interact with students of architecture all over India. His iconoclastic views and individualistic endeavors are the hallmarks of his creativity. Today, he still continues to pursue the adventures of the built and unbuilt environment, searching and researching beyond the boundaries of time and space.  In September 2011 Jaisim received the JK – AYA Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Architecture and the most recent addition to vast accolades is felicitation by CIVIL AID in recognition of his dedicated service to civil engineering fraternity.


Prof B. Bhattacharjee

Current Affiliation:
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Ph.D. (Structural Engineering) IIT Delhi, India

Areas of Research Interest:
Durability of Concrete, Rebar Corrosion, Cement based Composites, Construction Technology, Building Science.

Email: bishwa@civil.iitd.ac.in


Dr Poonam K Ahluwalia

Current Affiliation:
Senior Manager (Environment)
TATA Consulting Engineers Limited,

Phd from IIT Delhi (2008);
M. Tech. (Environmental Science and Engineering) (part time) from IIT Delhi (2002);
B. E. (Civil) from VRCE Nagpur (1995)

Areas of Research Interest:
Dr. Poonam Ahluwalia is currently working in TATA Consulting Engineers Limited in the capacity of Senior Manager(Environment). She received her PhD from IIT Delhi (India) and has more than 16 years of experience in research and consultancy. Her areas of interest are water and wastewater systems, risk assessment, storm water drainage, rain water harvesting and solid waste management.

Email: poonama@tce.co.in; poonamkahluwalia@yahoo.co.in


Dr Shashank Bishnoi

Current Affiliation:
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Ph.D. (Material Science) Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Areas of Research Interest:
Experimental and numerical studies into hydration of cement and supplementary cementitious materials, sustainability,durability, repair and life-cycle costs of concrete structures.

Email: shashank.bishnoi@civil.iitd.ac.in

Session IV: Urban transportation: The mismanagement of supply and demand

Dr. Sanjay Singh

Current Affiliation
Associate Professor of Economics
Indian Institute of Management Lucknow

Sanjay K. Singh (
sanjay@iiml.ac.in) is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow. He formerly was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. He has also worked as an Assistant Professor at XLRI Jamshedpur and Member of Faculty at CIRT Pune. He holds a Ph.D. degree in development Studies from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research Mumbai. He is the recipient of the Manas Chatterji Award for Excellence in Research in Regional Science, given by the Regional Science Association - Indian Section. He has published two books and number of research papers in reputed journals. His articles have been published in such journals as IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, International Journal of Emerging Electric Power Systems, Electric Power Systems Research, Applied Soft Computing, Telecommunications Policy, Transport Policy, International Journal of Transport Economics, European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research, Journal of Public Transportation, European Transport \ Trasporti Europei, Urban Transport Journal, Economic and Political Weekly, and Productivity. His research interests are in the areas of Transport Economics and Transport Policy, Energy and Environment, Infrastructure, and Industrial Organization and Regulation.

E-mail: sanjay@iiml.ac.in


Prof. Geetam Tiwari

Current Affiliation:
Department of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Ph.D (Transportation Engineering), University of Illinois, Chicago USA

Areas of Research Interest:
Transport Planning and policy, Traffic Safety, Public Transport and NMV Planning

Email: geetamt@civil.iitd.ac.in

Panel discussion on innovative solutions: Meeting the challenges of mitigation and adaptation measures

Dr Suman Majumdar

Current Affiliation:
CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development, Delhi

Email:  s.majumdar@cii.in


Prof B.J. Alappat

Current Affiliation :
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi

Ph.D (Env. Engg.), M .Tech (Env. Engg.) B. Tech (Civil Engg.)

Areas of Research Interest:
Incineration Techniques, Fluidized Bed Operations, Solid Waste Management, Global Environmental Issues.

Email : bjalappat@yahoo.com

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