Expertise: energy and environment; infrastructure, innovation design and environmental science and technology; industrial ecology; public health; sustainable urban infrastructure and food supply systems, sustainable healthy cities, and sustainable development
Professor Anu Ramaswami is the Charles M. Denny, Jr., Chair of Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a professor bioproducts and biosystems engineering in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Ramaswami is among the leading scholars on sustainable urban infrastructure systems and has seen her work adopted as policies and protocols for developing sustainable cities in the United States and internationally.
Ramaswami’s research spans environmental modeling, environmental technologies, industrial ecology, sustainable infrastructure design, urban systems analysis, and integration of science and technology with policy and planning for real-world implementation in communities. She has developed novel interdisciplinary education programs and resources in these diverse areas. She is the lead author of a graduate-level textbook on integrated environmental modeling, and has led policy and agenda reports of the UN, IRP, and the UNENV.
Ramaswami received her BS in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology–Madras, India, and her MS and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.