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Vignesh Gowrishankar

Vignesh Gowrishankar

Joined Stern 2017

Leonard N. Stern School of Business




Vignesh Gowrishankar is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business. In his current position he teaches a course on energy and the environment.

Currently the Associate Director in the Energy and Transportation program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Vignesh works to promote greater energy efficiency by focusing on policies and programs that help deploy cleaner resources on the electric grid, such as renewables and electric vehicles.

In his nearly six years with NRDC, he has also worked on numerous initiatives such as making natural gas production more sustainable, advocating for clean energy products with PJM Interconnection, developing recommendations on India’s National Solar Mission, assessing the potential for combined heat and power, and pursuing options to stimulate greater levels of energy efficiency in the industrial sector. Vignesh is also on the boards of Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and Efficiency Forward.

Prior to NRDC, he spent almost two years in Melbourne, Australia, where he was a Senior Policy Advisor on climate change issues to the Premier of the State of Victoria and his staff. Previously he served as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, working in a variety of industries.

Vignesh completed his Ph.D. from Stanford University, researching next-generation solar cells. He also received his M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University. His bachelor’s degree is from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, India.

Courses Taught

  • Energy and the Environment

Academic Background

PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, 2007
Stanford University

MS, Management Science and Engineering, 2006
Stanford University

B. Tech, Metallurgical Engineering / Materials Science, 2002
Indian Institute of Technology

Areas of Expertise


  • Industrial Organization