Indira Nair
Professor and Vice Provost Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon University
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Indira Nair retired from Carnegie Mellon University after 32 years. For the last 12 years there, she was the Vice Provost for Education and Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy. Her research has ranged over: risk assessment, policy and risk communication, green design, bioelectromagnetics, education in general, engineering ethics education with a focus on the ethic of care, engineering and innovation education, education assessment and pedagogies for the modern-day literacies such as scientific, environmental and global literacy. She designed and taught several interdisciplinary courses including ethics of science and technology; environmental science, technology and decision- making; and radiation, health and policy. Dr. Nair chaired the national Global Learning Leadership Council of the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). She oversaw the establishment and education of Carnegie Mellon-Qatar from its founding in 2004 to 2010. She advises several universities and colleges on incorporating global and environmental literacy and ethics throughout the curriculum, on faculty development and on interdisciplinary education. She has received several NSF grants and served on numerous national committees. She founded the Carnegie Mellon Chapter of Student Pugwash to encourage students to think about the social responsibility of science and technology. Her current quests and involvements include: a new scheme for general education including the new literacies; pedagogies for educating for innovation; global learning; increasing the inclusion of under-represented minorities across all segments of education; improving K-12 STEM education and bioelectromagnetics. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Northwestern University and a Pennsylvania Teachers Certificate for high school science teaching.

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