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Darshan Karwat

Darshan Karwat

Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures


School for the Future of Innovation in Society
Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, College of Global Futures
  • Assistant Professor, The Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Darshan Karwat is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and The Polytechnic School at ASU, where he runs re-Engineered, an interdisciplinary group that embeds peace, social justice, and environmental protection in engineering. He is originally from Mumbai, India, but feels equally at home in Michigan or Washington, D.C. (and now, the Valley!). Karwat studied aerospace engineering (specializing in gas dynamics and combustion) and sustainability ethics at the University of Michigan. He then spent three years as a AAAS Fellow in Washington, D.C., first at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the Innovation Team, where he worked on climate change resilience and low-cost air pollution sensors; and then at the U.S. Department of Energy in the Water Power Technologies Office, helping design and run the Wave Energy Prize.


  • PhD, Aerospace Engineering and Sustainability Ethics, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2012
  • BSE, Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2007


Journal Articles


Fatouraie, M., D. M. Karwat and M. S. Wooldridge. 2016. A numerical study of the effects of primary reference fuel chemical kinetics on ignition and heat release under homogeneous reciprocating engine conditions. Combustion and Flame 163(Jan):79-89. DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2015.09.002. (link )


Karwat, D. M., W. E. Eagle, M. S. Wooldridge and T. E. Princen. 2015. Activist engineering: Changing engineering practice by deploying praxis. Science and Engineering Ethics 21(1):227-239. DOI: 10.1007/s11948-014-9525-0. (link )

Karwat, D. M., M. S. Wooldridge, S. J. Klippenstein and M. J. Davis. 2015. Effects of new ab initio rate coefficients on predictions of species formed during n-butanol ignition and pyrolysis. Journal of Physical Chemistry A 119(4):543-551. DOI: 10.1021/jp509279d. (link )


Karwat, D. M., W. E. Eagle and M. S. Wooldridge. 2014. Are there ecological problems that technology cannot solve? Water scarcity and dams, climate change and biofuels. International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace 3(1-2):7-25. (link )

Wagnon, S. W., D. M. Karwat, M. S. Wooldridge and C. K. Westbrook. 2014. Experimental and modeling study of methyl trans-3-hexenoate autoignition. Energy Fuels 28(11):7227-7234. DOI: 10.1021/ef501806s. (link )


Karwat, D. M., L. S. Sherman, L. Cole, K. C. Bardiane, P. J. Coseo and L. S. Larsen. 2013. A lesson in service learning and community engagement. Michigan Journal of Sustainability 1:151-159. DOI: 10.3998/mjs.12333712.0001.011. (link )

Karwat, D. M. and C. K. Westbrook. 2013. Low-temperature speciation and chemical kinetic studies of n-heptane. Combustion and Flame 160(12):2693-2706. DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2013.06.029. (link )

Larsen, L., L. S. Sherman, L. Cole, D. Karwat, K. Badiane and P. Coseo. 2013. Social justice and sustainability in poor neighborhoods: Learning and living in southwest Detroit. Journal of Planning Education and Research 34(1):5-18. DOI: 0.1177/0739456X13516498. (link )


Karwat, D. M., S. W. Wagnon, M. S. Wooldridge and C. K. Westbrook. 2012. On the combustion chemistry of n-heptane and n-butanol blends. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 116(51):12406-12421. DOI: 10.1021/jp309358h. (link )

Teini, P. D., D. M. Karwat and A. Atreya. 2012. The effect of CO2/H2O on the formation of soot particles in the homogenous environment of a rapid compression facility. Combustion and Flame 159(3):1090-1099. DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2011.10.002. (link )


Karwat, D. M. 2011. Trash, waste, and time. Kinesis 38(2):51-58.

Karwat, D. M., S. W. Wagnon, P. D. Teini and M. S. Wooldridge. 2011. On the chemical kinetics of n-butanol: Ignition and speciation studies. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 115(19):4909-4921. DOI: 10.1021/jp200905n. (link )

Parson, E. A. and D. M. Karwat. 2011. Sequential climate change policy. WIRES Climate Change 2(5):744-756. DOI: 10.1002/wcc.128. (link )

Teini, P. D., D. M. Karwat and A. Atreya. 2011. Observations of nascent soot: Molecular deposition and particle morphology. Combustion and Flame 158(10):2045-2055. DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2011.03.005. (link )

Walton, S. M., D. M. Karwat, P. D. Teini, A. M. Gorny and M. S. Wooldridge. 2011. Speciation studies of methyl butanoate ignition. Fuel 90(5):1796-1804. DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2011.01.028. (link )