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"A theory has only the alternatives of being wrong or right.  A model has a third possibility: it may be right but irrelevant."

- Manfred Eigen

Primary Affiliation

Senior Systems Scientist

Program in Computation, Organizations, and Society (COS)

Inst. for Software Research

School of Computer Science

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

     Additional Academic/Research Affiliations

1)     Research Engineer

Dept. of Engineering & Public Policy (EPP),  CMU

2)     Assoc. Director

TechBridgeWorld, CMU

3)     Senior Fellow

Center for Study of Science, Technology, and Policy (CSTEP)

Bangalore, India

Research Interests

Rahul Tongia is a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University, and his research focuses on infrastructure and technology for sustainable development, especially for underserved regions such as India or Africa.  Using quantitative policy and decision analysis, he has focused on the Information and Communications as well as the energy/power domains.  In addition to engineering-economic analyses, his work also deals with broader policy issues such as security, international collaboration (especially US-India), and technology analysis and transfer.

His current work covers the broad areas of Digital Divide, ICT for Sustainable Development, Smart Metering for Electricity Networks, and Energy for Developing Regions.  Being at Carnegie Mellon, an institution renowned for interdisciplinary research, he has been able to pursue these diverse topics through appointments in the School of Computer Science (Program in Computation, Organizations, and Society) and the Dept. of Engineering and Public Policy.

He has a doctorate in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon, and an Sc.B. in Electrical Engineering from Brown University.