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Who We Are

Darshan Mukesh Arvinda Karwat

Assistant Professor | School for the Future of Innovation in Society | The Polytechnic School

An unexpected academic, Darshan is an aerospace engineer by training, with a background in combustion chemistry and sustainability ethics from the University of Michigan.  Before coming to Arizona State University, he, as a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency on climate change resilience and community-based air pollution monitoring, and then at the US Department of Energy as the Technical Lead of the Wave Energy Prize.  You can contact him at darshan.karwat@asu.edu.

His most recent CV is here.

Jorge Morales Guerrero

PhD Student | School of Sustainability

 

Jorge grew up in the city of Puebla in México where he got his bachelor's degree in Multicultural Relations at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla.  He has worked for almost five years in the Sierra Madre Occidental in the state of Chihuahua with and for indigenous peoples.  He holds a master degree in Social and Cultural Pedagogy from ASU and he is a PhD student in Sustainable Energy in the School of Sustainability at ASU.  He is interested in the social and technical components of energy systems and participatory action research.  Currently, his research project focuses on how community members and institutions participate in energy prizes that aim to implement energy efficiency and reduce consumption of gas and electricity at a local level.  You can contact him at jmoral31@asu.edu 

Madison Macias

Undergraduate Student | School of Engineering for Matter, Transport, and Energy

Madison is an Arizona native and undergraduate student earning her bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with concentration in energy and environment. She works with local organizations to foster interest in STEM fields among girls in primary school. She is interested in sustainable energy, urban sustainability, and green infrastructure. Upon graduation she plans to work in the renewable energies field to help cultivate sustainable cities. You can contact her at mmmacias@asu.edu.

Jean Boucher

Post-doctoral fellow | School for the Future of Innovation in Society

 

Jean is an environmental sociologist and scholar-activist.  His research generally focuses on people’s attitudes and behavior regarding climate change, the demographics of energy use, and policies to reduce carbon emissions.  With re-Engineered, Jean is leading the charge with Project Confluence.  

 

An interdisciplinarian, Jean holds a PhD in Sociology from George Mason University; a MA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso; and a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of New Hampshire.  His recent co-edited book, Sustainable Consumption, Promise or Myth? Case Studies from the Field (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) draws together a diverse set of case studies examining the quest for human-environmental sustainability. He proposes a sociology of disruption where people will need to intentionally disrupt cultural and political norms in order to create the groundwork for an environmentally sustainable human species.

You can contact him at jean.boucher@asu.edu

Past Students and researchers

Caleb Carpenter

Master Student | School of Geographical Studies and Urban Planning

Caleb received his undergraduate degree in Geography (emphasis in geographic information systems) at Brigham Young University.  He is a second-year master’s student, studying Urban and Environmental Planning.  He's interested in environmental justice, sustainability, resilience, and transportation, and his current research uses geographic information systems to study and analyze environmental and social justice issues.  Before coming to ASU he worked within the public and private sector, gaining skills in geographic information systems, report and proposal writing, and quantitative and qualitative research.  You can contact him at cjcarpe7@asu.edu. 

Raveena John

Undergraduate Student | Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

 

Raveena is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Sustainability and a minor in Urban Planning.  She has experience working with local and state governments and with nonprofits focused on improving the urban fabric.  She’s interested in green infrastructure, urban resilience, and socially responsible engineering.  Her current research examines the disconnect between student values and existing job opportunities.  You can contact her at rsjohn@asu.edu.

Leah Kunkel

PhD Student | School of Sustainability

After moving from her Minnesota home, Leah completed both a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and a master's in Sustainability at Saint Louis University (SLU).  While at SLU, Leah developed her passion for sustainability and interest in engineering sustainable solutions for positive social change.  She is now pursuing her PhD in Sustainable Energy at ASU and is interested in renewable energy and energy conservation.  She has experience with wind energy and energy efficiency assessments, and is excited to continue expanding her sustainable energy knowledge.  Leah hopes to be a part of building a better, and more sustainable energy future.  You can reach her at lckunkel@asu.edu.

Anthony Levenda

Post-doctoral Researcher | School for the Future of Innovation in Society 

Anthony works to bridge social and technical disciplines to improve the design, development, and deployment of technical systems for more just and sustainable outcomes. His research focuses on social power, politics, and governance related to the development of smart city technologies, data-driven solutions for environmental problems, climate change resilience, and energy transitions.  He's currently working on understanding the scientific and engineering needs of environmental justice groups in the US.  Before coming to ASU, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary organizing an international network of researchers comparatively studying smart cities.  He has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and he got his PhD in Urban Studies at Portland State University, where he focused on smart grid technologies, urban energy transitions, and policy transfer.  

Anthony is now an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma!  Yay Anthony!!