AP3Welcome to my webpage. I’m currently a post-doctoral fellow in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. Prior to starting at Stanford, I completed my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, with a minor in Energy and Climate Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School. I have undergraduate degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Physics.

My research lies at the intersection of engineering and public policy in the energy and environment sector. Currently, I am looking at the impacts of methane emissions on the overall greenhouse gas footprint of the United States. Although comprising only about 10% of greenhouse gas emissions in the US, methane has a significantly higher global warming potential compared to carbon-dioxide.

My broader research goals tries to address three fundamental but inter-related issues:

  1. Developing effective policy solutions to address distributed methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.
  2. Examining the role of natural gas in energy generation in a carbon constrained future.
  3. Understanding the role of natural gas in developing countries as a tool to reduce pollution.

My graduate work has mainly focused on developing mid-infrared detectors, detector systems and laser sources using different material systems. These detectors have a great variety of applications as components in environmental trace-gas sensor systems, night-vision cameras, dual band imaging, infrared telescope systems and hand-held instruments for health. My work is part of the larger program on Mid-Infrared Technologies for Health and the Environment (MIRTHE), an NSF sponsored Engineering Research Center.

In addition to my immediate research interests, I am very passionate about the themes of energy, climate science and sustainability. At Stanford, I am a part of the Woods Institute for the Environment, participating in research projects as well as other leadership programs. In graduate school, I was involved with Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars (PECS) program under the umbrella of the Princeton Environmental Institute, and a student member of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

Contact Information:

Email is the best way to get in touch with me: arvindr@stanford.edu
If you would prefer a phone-call, you can reach my office at (650)-736-3491

If you’re planning to send gifts (I like fine chocolates), here’s the address:
367 Panama St., Room No. 50, Stanford, CA 94305