Bombay University and Kansas State University
Ph.D. (Physics) Northwestern University.
Instructional Certificate, State of Pennsylvania.
I have taught
about the environment for over 20 years, as part of science courses, and
for general awareness. I have taught in the Department of Engineering
and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University since 1978. Prior to that
I taught physics, chemistry, and biology in Canevin and Hempfield High
Schools in Pennsylvania. My research and studies are in the area of health
risks, especially with reference to ionizing and low-frequency electromagnetic
radiation; green design; ethics of science and technology; and education,
particularly of science and engineering.
for this site is based partly on an environmental literacy course called
"Science and Technology for the Environment" I have taught at
Carnegie Mellon since 1989. Garrick Louis (now on the faculty at the University
of Virginia) and Sharon Jones co-taught and developed significant aspects
of the course as graduate students. Andrea Sterdis, Jennifer White, Patrick
Gurian, Jeff Rosenblum, Katie Kroehle, and Jenni Nettik have all contributed
significantly. Over 5000 students have been part of the course over the
years and left their imprints on this work. My daughters, Nandita and
Sarita have always been my guides in teaching. Sarita's contributions
to my learning in the areas of environmental justice, Native American
history, and issues of water development and water rights is invaluable
from the National Science Foundation (Division of Undergraduate Education)
made the writing of this material and creation of this website possible.