Siddhartha Roy is an environmental engineer and assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, where he works in the areas of water quality, public health, international development and environmental justice. He and his Virginia Tech team’s scientific and humanitarian relief work, with residents of Flint Michigan, helped uncover the Flint Water Crisis using citizen science, open data sharing, field sampling, investigative journalism and social media. These efforts led to declaration of a “Public Health Emergency” by President Obama, garnered over $1.2 billion in relief, and informed the 2018 MI Lead and Copper Rule and the 2021 $1 Trillion federal Infrastructure Bill (H.R. 3684).

Siddhartha’s work has been discussed in The New York Times, BBC World Service, and the PBS® NOVA documentary “Poisoned Water,” and his TED talk “Science in service to the public good” has been viewed over 1.6 million times worldwide. His recent and current undertakings include supervising routine and disaster-related water quality investigations in underserved communities, post-industrial cities and public schools in the U.S. and West Africa, conducting research on water infrastructure corrosion, health and educational impacts of lead exposure in pregnant women and young children, and policy changes to reduce occurrence of toxic metals in drinking water globally, and executive producing documentaries and podcasts to enhance public understanding of science.

Siddhartha received a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with advisor Dr. Marc Edwards from Virginia Tech, where he was the 2017 Graduate Student of the Year. His work has won prizes and recognition from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, the Boston Globe, the International Water Association, and the Obama Foundation.