Designing an Interdisciplinary Multi-Institutional Curriculum on Infrastructure Transitions for Sustainable Healthy Cities

Anu Ramaswami

University for Minnesota

Ramaswami is among the leading scholars on sustainable urban infrastructure and has seen her work adopted as policies and protocols for developing sustainable cities in the United States and internationally. She is lead PI and Director of the US National Science Foundation’s interdisciplinary Sustainable Healthy Cities Network.Ramaswami’s research spans environmental science, 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 research and education in these diverse areas. She is the author of a graduate-level textbook on integrated environmental modeling, and is presently developing a Social-Ecological-Infrastructural System framework to study Sustainable Urban System.Ramaswami received her B.S. in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology–Madras, India, and her M.S. and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Ramaswami serves on the United Nation’s International Resource Panel and co-chairs its inaugural report on SDGs to the UN.


A team led by Ramaswami at the University of Minnesota has created and implemented a curriculum that engages eight universities and students cutting across environmental science, environmental engineering, infrastructure... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Anu Ramaswami (University for Minnesota)
  2. Nisha Botchwey (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  3. Andrew Fang (University for Minnesota)
  4. Katja Kruit (University for Minnesota)

Topic Area

• Education in sustainability science


ThS-2 » Sustainable and Resilient Communities 3 (08:30 - Thursday, 29th June, Room E)

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