AREAS OF INTEREST
I am working toward a better understanding of the relationship between air contaminants and human health. Through my research, I investigate human inhalation exposure, with a focus on indoor and in-cabin air quality. People spend most of their time indoors or in transit (only about 5% of people’s time in the U.S. is spend outdoors), and indoor pollutants emissions are 1000 times more likely to be inhaled than outdoor emissions. Although more directly linked to human health, indoor and in-cabin microenvironments have received much less scientific study than the outdoor environment.
My research projects include determining sources of indoor air contaminants, establishing the relationship between indoor and outdoor air, investigating the fate and transport of contaminants, assessing human exposure to air contaminants through direct (measurement) and indirect (modeling) methods, and finding links between human exposure and human health. The overall goal of my work is to improve human health by improving the quality of the air we breathe through source control, ventilation and purification strategies, education, and regulatory policy.
Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University 2002
M.S., Civil Engineering, Stanford University 1992
B.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Massachusetts 1989
Registered Professional Engineer, State of Massachusetts