Anuj Mittal


My name is Anuj Mittal. I’m from India. I go to Iowa State University where I am a PhD Industrial Engineering candidate.

What sustainability, energy, and community issues are important to you?

In the current globalized food supply chain, food grown using chemicals is causing many health-related problems and small farmers are struggling to survive. I got introduced to these problems through my PhD research in regional food supply chains and I am very passionate to contribute towards solving these issues.

What exciting projects/research are you working on now?

Currently I am working on developing a simulation model to effectively design residential renewable energy systems considering conflicting objectives of utilities, policymakers, solar installers and consumers. I am also building an online tool to improve residential consumers’ decision-making process to install rooftop solar panels. In addition, I have recently initiated a consulting venture on providing supply chain technology solutions to small agriculture businesses and have secured and working on three projects in different parts of the U.S.

What are your plans for the next five years?

I intend to become a faculty member after completing my PhD. I have a strong desire to initiate a social enterprise focused on strengthening small farmers operations and improving their quality of life. 

What made you want to apply to SISE?

My research about this program showed respectable group of alumni with diverse background and career paths that I see as an inspiration for myself. I was intrigued by various talks that will be given by experts from across the U.S. and sustainability-related group projects that I will be able to be a part of through this program. I definitely look forward to this great learning experience.

What are you most looking forward to doing in Chicago?

I love being in the Chicago downtown every time I visit the city. I am very excited to visit Argonne National Laboratory, and collaboratively work day and night on challenging problems with the SISE community.

Do you like Cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?

I don’t know much about cats but would be great to know and learn more about them!