Fernandes is a member of the faculty and Assistant Director at the School of
Public Service (SPS), DePaul University, Chicago. His doctorate from Carnegie
Mellon is in public policy and management. He has a graduate degree in
non-profit and development management from the Institute of Rural Management,
Anand (IRMA), India and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from
the University of Jabalpur, India. He worked for four years in production
and finance in an agricultural cooperative firm and two years in marketing for
an engineering firm.
teaching interests include courses in management, finance, research methods and
statistics, cross sector analysis, sustainable development, and the management
of nongovernmental organizations. His administrative responsibilities include
serving as Principal Representative to the Network of Schools of Public Policy,
Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). He directs the SPS Online program, which
offers the Master of Science in Public Service Management degree and the Master
of Public Administration in fully online format. He is a certified Master
Reviewer for Quality Matters, a consortium of experts created to review the
quality of online courses in American universities. He chairs the SPS Study
Abroad committee and leads the India Study Abroad program.
He serves on the board of India Development
Service, a charitable organization supporting development projects in India. He
is the founder president, since 2009, of the American Friends of WOTR (AFOW), a
charitable organization supporting innovative development programs on water
conservation and climate change adaptation in India working in close
collaboration with the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR), one of the largest
nongovernmental organizations in India in the field of watershed development.
He is a member of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs and serves on the
American Society for Public Administration Greater Chicago Council. He recently
co-authored a paper with Todd Newman (an SPS graduate) on “A re-assessment of
factors associated with environmental concern and behavior using the 2010
General Social Survey” and published in the journal of Environmental Education Research (January, 2015).