Dr. Ramaswami is a full Professor of Environmental Engineering and Director of the NSF-Sponsored $3.2M IGERT Program on Sustainable Urban Infrastructure in the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Denver. She received her BS in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and her MS and PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. Ramaswami’s research spans environmental modeling, technology development for sustainability and integration of science and technology with policy and planning for real-world implementation in communities.
Dr. Ramaswami has led university research teams that received national awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (P3 Award Winning Teams in 2004 and 2005) and the National Science Foundation. She is a technical advisor to the city and county of Denver, conducting a greenhouse gas inventory and developing climate action plans for the city. She is also an expert advisor on developing greenhouse gas emissions inventory protocols for ICLEI, formerly the International Council for Local Environmental Affairs. In 2005, Ramaswami was invited by the National Science Foundation to represent the United States at the World Science Forum to discuss “Knowledge, Ethics and Responsibility” in an international setting. In 2008, Dr. Ramaswami was invited by the National Science Board to serve on the National Task force on Sustainable Energy, held at Golden, CO in June 2008. Dr. Ramaswami along with her students have had extensive experience working on GHG inventories and climate action planning with more than 10 cities in CO and nation-wide. This work in Colorado is already impacting approximately 1 million people statewide.
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras 1987 B.Tech., Chemical Eng
Carnegie Mellon University 1989 M.S., Civil Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University 1995 Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Eng,
Aug 2007 – Present; Professor of Environmental and Sustainability
Aug 2007 – Present; Director, NSF IGERT - Sustainable Urban
May 2003 – Present; Project Director, Urban Sustainable
Infrastructure Engineering Project
2003-2007: Associate Professor, UCD
1996-2003: Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Denver
1995-1996: Research Assistant Professor, Colorado School of Mines
Honors and Recognition
Invited delegate from the US NSF to the World Science Forum,
Budapest, November, 2005
Invited Keynote Speaker, Anita Borg Institute for Women &
Technology, April, 2004.
College of Engineering Researcher of the Year Award, UCD,
Karen Morehouse Best Paper Award, EPA’s Hazardous
Substance Research Center, 2001.
POWRE Research Support, National Science Foundation, 1998.
College of Engineering Teacher of the Year Award, UCD,
SmithKline Beecham Award for Women in Environmental
All-India 11-th rank (Science) in the Secondary School