My primary research goal is to develop a framework for understanding how spatially differentiated market structures as well as the complicated interactions among these structures influence the evolution of regional energy systems. I believe this line of inquiry has the potential to provide valuable insights for urban policy design and planning, particularly in the area of energy and environmental sustainability.
One project I am on investigates the impact of evolving market structures, trade networks, and energy technologies on regional pollution output and energy consumption. This establishes a framework for a streamlined investigation of how climate-economy interactions cascade within global trade networks and influence both local and global market structures. I am also researching the effect of firm location decisions on urban energy and environmental sustainability. This research exploits the concept of spatial submarkets to explore how firms strategically organize operations across space.
“Research has taught me that the ability to be introspective, to engage in rational investigation, and to stand on the shoulders of giants is invaluable for developing genuine appreciation for human existence.”
As my own personal growth as an independent researcher continues to evolve, every new project I become involved in becomes more interesting than the last. I believe one of the most rewarding aspects of independent research is the feeling of coming “full circle” in my own personal philosophy. Although it is sometimes frustrating, I always try to remember where I started and reflect on how my own beliefs have adjusted throughout the process.
As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to travel to Mumbai and compete among students from local Mumbai universities in an undergraduate research conference. Apart from the research setting, we were able to explore many facets of Mumbai life. From street food to train rides, the city provided many wonderful experiences worth cherishing, but the most impactful memory is witnessing the range of economic conditions within the city. In fact, these memories are the most vivid among my experiences in the city.
To garner a sense of what I mean, imagine on one side of an intersection you see a posh nightclub. The street outside the club is lined with Italian sports cars, Rolls Royces, and Bentleys. People standing outside the club invoke comparisons to the world’s most affluent socialites.
Opposite the nightclub stands a row of domiciles constructed with little more than what appears to be plastic sheeting and no access to basic utilities, such as clean water. You see entire families huddle within these makeshift residences with children sick and starving.
It is precisely these images of human life that has proven to be most striking because they remind me to never neglect the importance of social science as a tool for improving the human condition.
One of the best characteristics of Georgia Tech is the collaborative environment encouraged by the university. During my time at Georgia Tech, I have had the opportunity to work across disciplines with some of the world’s best talent in both engineering and social science. I view the Ivan Allen College (IAC) as a leading academic institution that discards the traditional organization of higher education and research (academic silos) for a more holistic institutional design.
IAC’s innovative approach comes at a time when prescriptions for the frequency and depth of contemporary societal issues necessitate creative synthesis of technological, social, and institutional domains of innovation. Of course, this innovative model would not be achievable without a diverse, talented group of faculty and staff that are both capable and willing to bridge academic silos to work towards a shared goal.
“The Ivan Allen College [is] a leading academic institution that discards the traditional organization of higher education and research for a more holistic institutional design.”
I am an avid proponent of synthesizing modern computer programming and econometric analysis to systematically develop and promote user-friendly applications that collect, structure, analyze, and deliver valuable information to relevant stakeholders, particularly at a regional scale.
Bringing together the rigor of economic theory with creative, novel applications using Python enables a larger audience to digest what has traditionally been reserved for initiated members of the academic community. I think the low-hanging fruit in this area is in the development of automated energy and environmental management systems to achieve efficient utilization of these scarce resources.
Do not be afraid to dream. Imagination is the actuator of human existence. If we cannot dream or imagine, then we have lost the most basic freedom afforded to mankind.