Srirupa (Rupa) Ganguly

Process Development EngineerRupa Ganguly

One East Hazelwood Dr.
Champaign, Illinois 61820
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Rupa Ganguly joined the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) in May 2012 and is a Process Development Engineer doing environmental research in the Applied Research on Industrial and Environmental Systems (ARIES) group at ISTC. Her research delves into bio-removal of nutrients from saline wastewater and upgrading it for reuse. She also analyzes the management and economic feasibility of treating and reusing wastewater in recirculating systems.


  • M.S. (Environmental Engineering) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2012
  • M.S. (Engineering) Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, December 2006
  • B.E. (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore, India 2002

Prior Professional Experience

  • Graduate Research Student in Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • Developed and characterized system to measure the physical and biological removal efficiency of virus particles using activated carbon filter
  • Sci. Eng. Assoc. in Environ. Energy Tech. Div. at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 2007-09
    • Quantified energy efficient strategies for data centers in terms of energy savings and life cycle cost analysis, benchmarking and best practices, and their impact on indoor air quality through aerosol measurements

Current Projects

  • Study the nutrient-removal efficiency of microalgae-based saline wastewater treatment in light, dark and organic-rich growth conditions
  • Analyze the economics, management and treatment of saline wastewater in marine-aquaculture recirculating systems

Recent Publications

  • S. Ganguly, A. J. Gadgil, et al., “Energy measurement and modeling of air-side economizers in California”, ASHRAE Transactions - 2010 Annual Meeting - Albuquerque, Volume 116, Part 2.
  • A. Shehabi, S. Ganguly, A. J. Gadgil, W. W. Nazaroff, et al., “Can combining economizers with improved filtration save energy and protect equipment in data centers?” Building Energy and Environment, Volume 45, Issue 3, Pages 718-726, March 2010.
  • S. Ganguly, W. Tschudi, A.J. Gadgil “Future Work on Particulate and Gaseous Contamination in Data Center Environments”, In: Particulate and gaseous contamination in datacom environments, ASHRAE 2009.
  • P. Mathew, S. Ganguly, S. Greenberg, D. Sartor, “Self-benchmarking guide for data centers: metrics, benchmarks, actions”, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Technical Report, July 2009.
  • P. Mathew, S. Greenberg, S. Ganguly, D. Sartor, W. Tschudi, “Energy efficient metrics and benchmarks for data center infrastructure systems”, HPAC Engineering, May 1-2009.
  • M. Stadler, C. Marnay, T. Lipman, S. Ganguly, et al., “The CO2 abatement potential of California’s mid-sized commercial buildings”, LBNL report to California Energy Commission, January 2009.
  • S. Ganguly, A. J. Gadgil, W. Tschudi, A. Shehabi, “High Performance Buildings for High-tech Industries: Data centers, Labs and Cleanrooms,” LBNL report to California Energy Commission, January 2009.


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