Our work is best described as Engineering for Public Health. If I asked you to think about scientific discoveries that have dramatically improved to public health, what comes to mind? Often, people point to vaccines 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 saved the lives of millions. We have known for hundreds of years that our external environment shapes the picture of our health. Our planet, our society, and our use of energy is changing; today, the need for public health engineers is greater than ever.
Our group is dedicated to developing the next generation of innovative, multidisciplinary leaders needed to solve 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. Our society needs energy to thrive and our energy use is the primary cause air pollution. We take in air pollution with every breath: at work, at 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.