Bandana Kar is an AAAS Science, Technology and Policy Fellow in the Building Technologies Office of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U. S. Department of Energy. Prior to her fellowship, she was a Senior Scientist and the Group Lead of the Built Environment Characterization Group in the National Security Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Her research is in energy and urban/community resilience from the perspective of science policy and security. Using geospatial and computational sciences, she develops and deploys risk informed and process-oriented algorithms and tools that account for human dynamics and extreme events for decision and policy making. She has been funded by NSF, DHS, DOE, and NASA. She received the 2019 Emerging Scholar Award from the American Association of Geographers, was a fellow of the 2009 NSF’s Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers Fellowship Program.