Dr. Rahul Tongia

 

   

Dr Rahul Tongia, Programme Director, Center for Study of Science, Technology, and Policy, India

 

Dr. Rahul Tongia is Program Director at CSTEP, and is on leave from Carnegie Mellon University. A CMU faculty member for a dozen years, he held appointments in Engineering & Public Policy and the School of Computer Science.

 

His research focuses on infrastructure and technology for sustainable development, especially for underserved regions such as India or Africa. Using quantitative policy and decision analysis, he has focused on the Information and Communications as well as the energy/power domains. In addition to engineering-economic analyses, his work also deals with broader policy issues such as security, international collaboration (especially US-India), political economy, and technology analysis and transfer.

 

His research focuses on infrastructure and technology for sustainable development, especially for underserved regions such as India or Africa. Using quantitative policy and decision analysis, he has focused on the Information and Communications as well as the energy/power domains. In addition to engineering-economic analyses, his work also deals with broader policy issues such as security, international collaboration (especially US-India), political economy, and technology analysis and transfer.


His current work covers the broad areas of Digital Divide, ICT for Sustainable Development, Smart Grids and Smart Metering for Electricity Networks, and Energy for Developing Regions.


He was previously Vice-chair of the UN ICT Task Force Working Group on Enabling Environment (formerly, low-cost connectivity access), and also served as on the Technology Advisory Board for Southern California Edison's SmartConnect (Smart metering and smart grid) project for 3 years.


He has numerous publications in the energy and the ICT domains, and was recently Program Co-Chair for ICTD2009, the leading multidisciplinary conference on ICTs and human development.
 

He has a doctorate in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon, and an Sc.B. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University.