Girish “the Mountain” Agrawal
Works on the interrelated questions of law and policy as they pertain to infrastructure development in India. He is especially
interested in how roadway design and urban layout influences driver behavior (and so road safety); what is the impact on
natural systems because of a rapid expansion of the built environment; how do urban heat island effects work; and how to
manage natural disaster and recovery. Girish holds a B. Tech. (Hons) in Civil Engineering from IIT Delhi, an MS and a PhD,
both in Geotechnical Engineering, from Purdue University. He also holds a Juris Doctor from the UC Berkeley School of Law.
He is thus a licensed Civil Engineer, a licensed Geotechnical Engineer, and a licensed Attorney at Law! He has about 20 years
of professional experience as a consulting engineer, mostly in California, working with architects and planners on a wide
range of public and private infrastructure. He has been a member of the faculty at Purdue University and IIT Delhi.
Teaching and Research Interests
Urban Morphology, Urban Heat Island, Air Quality, Transport Law & Policy, Transport Safety, Pedestrian Safe Transport Infrastructure & Systems, Sustainable Infrastructure, Foundation Engineering, Ground Improvement, Soil & Groundwater Contamination, Seismic Hazard Analysis & Mitigation, Construction of Professional Expertise, Land Acquisition & Land Rights.
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