Our Mission

Our mission is to use engineering fundamentals to solve air pollution problems that we face as a society. We are a multidisciplinary group that values hard work, innovation, and a sense of play. Our research is designed to make a positive impact on our health and welfare. Learn More

Our Work

Our work is best described as Engineering for Public Health.  When asked to imagine scientific discoveries that have led to dramatic improvements to public health, what comes to mind? Often, people point to vaccine discoveries or antimicrobial drugs; certainly those biomedical discoveries have saved countless lives.  But what about the seat belt? Or the refrigerator? The catalytic converter? Chlorinated drinking water?  Each of these engineering discoveries has also saved the lives of millions. We have known for hundreds of years that our external environment shapes the picture of our health. Today, the need for public health engineers is greater than ever.

Our group is developing the next generation of innovative leaders armed with the interdisciplinary skills needed to solve today’s complex public and environmental health problems. Our specific interests lie with air pollution, which places a tremendous burden on the health of our communities, our workforce, and our environment. Humans are exposed to air pollution from a variety of sources in nearly every aspect of life: at work, home, and outdoors. As researchers, our goals are 1) to understand the adverse impacts of air pollution on human and environmental health and 2) to engineer solutions to the air pollution problems we face as a society.


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Dr. John Volckens
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
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Dr. Christian L'Orange
Associate Director, Center for Energy Development & Health
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John Mehaffy
Lab Manager
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Tom Cole-Hunder
Postdoctoral Fellow
Nicholas Good
Research Scientist
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Casey Quinn
Phd Candidate
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Kristen Fedak
Phd Candidate
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Lizette van Zyl
Research Assistant
Kelsey Bilsback
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Ethan Walker
PhD Student
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Eric Wendt
Masters Student

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