Dr. Gita S. Surie   
Fulbright-Nehru Project Title: "Creating Markets for Renewable Energy in India"
Field of Study: Energy, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Home Institution in US: Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
Host Institution in India: Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi  
Start date/Month in India: June 2013 & Summer of 2014 (serial grant)
Duration of grant: Four months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Gita Surie, an associate professor at Adelphi University, researches globalization, technology transfer and cross-border innovation, distributed entrepreneurship, the emergence of novel organizational forms and markets, and national and technological innovation systems, particularly in the context of sustainable energy technologies. She received her PhD from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a MA in economics from Columbia University and a BA in English (Honors) from Loreto College, Calcutta University, India.

Dr. Surie is a Senior Fellow at the Wharton School's Mack Center for Technological Innovation. She has worked for the United Nations, Control Data Corporation, and the Economist Group, and consulted with organizations in the US and India, including the UN, Educational Testing Services, Indian Oil Corporation, and Metallurgical Engineering and Consulting Services.

Her recent papers include "Innovating via emergent technology and distributed organization: A case of biofuels in India" (Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2012) and "The emergence of new markets, distributed entrepreneurship and the university: Fostering development in India" (International Journal of Technoentrepreneurship, 2011). Her book, Knowledge, Organizational Evolution and Market Creation: The Globalization of Indian Firms from Steel to Software (Edward Elgar) was published in 2008.

Dr. Surie's Fulbright project will examine the pathways of commercialization of renewable energy technologies from scientific institutions to industry, and mechanisms that facilitate socio-economic development. Global climate change, environmental pollution and the rising cost of oil have made it imperative for rapidly growing emerging economies like India to invest in innovative technologies that generate renewable energy from the sun, wind and biomass to lift rural populations out of poverty and to provide access to electricity, water, sanitation, health and education. However, the challenge lies, not only in developing renewable energy technologies in universities and government laboratories, but also in accelerating their commercialization.