Anu Ramaswami is an interdisciplinary environmental engineer recognized as a pioneer and leader on the topic of sustainable urban infrastructure systems. Her work explores how seven key sectors — that provide water, energy, food, buildings, mobility, connectivity, waste management and green/public spaces — shape human and environmental wellbeing, from local to global scales. She brings expertise across multiple disciplines: environmental science and engineering, industrial ecology, public health, and public affairs, all with a human-centered and systems focus.
Ramaswami has served as lead PI and director of several flagship interdisciplinary programs supported by the National Science Foundation, focused on developing sustainable infrastructure and cities in the U.S., India and China. Her work has been published in Nature Climate Change and Science, as well as in top disciplinary journals, and distilled in policy-oriented reports of the United Nations and the World Bank.
Ramaswami is a member of the UN Environment’s International Resource Panel and the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education (AC-ERE) and serves on the editorial board of Nature Sustainability.