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Joshua Sperling


 
 

Bio

Josh is in his first year as an NSF-funded IGERT fellow in the Sustainable Urban Infrastructure program. He is pursuing an MS and PhD in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Colorado Denver, with a preliminary research focus on the integration of engineering, planning, and policy as it relates to climate change; healthy cities; sustainable urban infrastructure systems development and management; and urban poverty alleviation strategies.

Prior to joining the IGERT program, Josh worked professionally as a planner and engineer at Arup on several sustainable development and infrastructure planning projects in the United States, Australia, Chile, Mexico, and Canada. Josh first joined Arup’s Sustainable Technologies Group in 2006 as a US exchange student at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia followed by placements with Arup in Melbourne, San Francisco, and most recently New York (from 2007-2009).
Josh has been invited as a visiting research fellow at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) School of Property, Construction, and Project Management (in 2006) and the United States Department of Energy (DOE) – Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division (in 2005). Throughout the past five years, Josh has also been active with Engineers Without Borders-International (EWB-I), a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. Through this involvement, and through a recent volunteer role as the Americas region co-organizer of the Arup Poverty Action Network, he has developed a broad portfolio of international experiences, skills sets, and project management expertise. One of his most recent volunteer assignments was Cyclone Sidr rehabilitation work and climate change planning with the world’s largest NGO, BRAC, in the most affected (and vulnerable) districts of Southern Bangladesh.

Josh hopes to leverage all his interests and experiences with the great opportunities offered by this unique, innovative, and interdisciplinary IGERT program at the University of Colorado Denver.

 

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