Mr. Joshua Sperling
Specialization: Engineering
Home institution in US: University of Colorado, Denver
Host Institution in India: TERI University, New Delhi  
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Mr. Josh Sperling is a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow in the Sustainable Urban Infrastructure program at University of Colorado, Denver. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering and an M.Eng in sustainable infrastructure systems from the University of Colorado. Since joining the IGERT program in 2009, he has had invitations to the United Nations World Water Organization, World Energy Forum, International Youth Assembly and United Nations Development Program 2012 Equator Prize. He has worked with the World Bank on proceedings of the Urban Research Symposium on Cities and Climate Change; the U.S. National Academy of Sciences Disasters Roundtable on the theme of disaster resilient sustainable design; International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLE) on sustainable infrastructure interventions for two rapidly developing cities in India; Rocky Mountain Institute on the Living City Block initiative; and on carbon footprint and sustainable energy planning projects for the cities of Golden and Vail, and Eagle County, in Colorado.

Prior to joining the IGERT program, Mr. Sperling worked professionally as a planner and engineer at the global firm, ARUP, on several sustainable development and infrastructure planning projects in the U.S., Australia, Chile, Mexico and Canada. He first joined ARUP’s Sustainable Technologies Group in 2006 as a U.S. exchange student at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia followed by placements in Melbourne, Australia; San Francisco, California; and most recently New York from 2007-2009. Mr. Sperling has also been invited as a visiting research fellow to the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, California. During the past eight years, he has been an active leader with Engineers Without Borders--International; one of his recent volunteer assignments was Cyclone Sidr rehabilitation work with BRAC, the world’s largest NGO, in the most affected (and vulnerable) districts of southern Bangladesh.

Mr. Sperling’s Fulbright research project, “Health Outcomes as a Motivator for Low-Carbon Cities: Implications for Infrastructure,” explores the extent to which upgraded infrastructures (e.g. water, energy, transport) and infrastructure-related environmental factors (e.g. air and water quality) shape current urban health outcomes in rapidly growing Asian cities. A more robust evidence base for local and inclusive decision-making on urban infrastructure interventions will be developed that can have significant impacts on improved health and low-carbon development.