T.S. Gopi Rethinaraj
Professor of Physics, Sustainability & Public Policy
Dr. T.S. Gopi Rethinaraj is Professor of Physics, Sustainability & Public Policy, in the School of Arts and Sciences of Sai University. He did his BSc and MSc in Physics from Bharathidasan University, Tamil Nadu, in 1993 and 1995 respectively and PhD in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in 2005. Dr. Rethinaraj has over two decades of professional, research, and teaching experience in science communication, nuclear engineering, physics, international security, public policy, energy sustainability and climate change.
Before joining SaiU, Dr. Rethinaraj was the Program Director of Energy Sciences at Atria University in Bengaluru. Earlier, he was as a Visiting Professor at the Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), as an Associate Professor and Academic Head of the Interdisciplinary PhD Program at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) in Bengaluru, and as an Assistant Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore.
He was a graduate teaching and research assistant at the University of Illinois Program in Arms Control, Domestic and International Security (ACDIS), Department of Nuclear, Plasma, and Radiological Engineering, and Department of Physics during his doctoral training. He has held visiting professorships at University of Tokyo, Japan and Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan; was a visiting scholar at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists at University of Chicago, American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington, D.C., and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has also taught in the executive education programs for professionals in government and non-governmental organizations from India, China, and other developing countries in Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and is a consultant and external reviewer for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Prior to his academic career, he was a science reporter for The Indian Express in Mumbai during the latter half of the 1990s.