Laboratory Technician, Nevada State College
Air Resource Specialist, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Graeme Carvlin is an Air Resource Specialist with the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency. He has a PhD in Environmental Health from the University of Washington and an MS in Chemistry from UCSD. Graeme works at the intersection of air sensors and community science. Currently he is developing web tools to help the public make sense of their sensor data.
Virtual Summer Series Session 1: Web Tools for Sensor Data
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Denver
Ben is a Professor in the Geography and Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Colorado Denver. Before coming to Colorado in 2019, Ben was a postdoc at MIT and the University of Reading (UK); worked for a wind energy start-up; and completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia. His background is in meteorology and current research interests are focused on air quality, urban climates, and developing sensor networks to observe complex surface-atmosphere interactions.
Virtual Summer Series Session 2: Use of a low-cost sensor network to estimate exposures and track pollutant chemistry during the 2018 Kīlauea eruption
Atmospheric Scientist, Sonoma Technology Incorporated
Since joining STI in 2008, Jennifer has applied her technical expertise to conduct analyses on a diverse array of projects for federal, state, local, and international agencies. Her work encompasses fire science, remote sensing, large-scale transport modeling, near-road data analysis of black carbon, and chemical mass balance modeling using PM2.5 speciation data sets. She is eager to explore air pollution issues from many perspectives and employs a systems thinking approach to ensure responsible and sound scientific results. Jennifer uses a variety of analytical tools including GIS for geospatial analysis and cartography, statistical packages, and imagery tools for evaluating remote sensing data products. She also develops custom software programs and tools for innovative analysis and visualization, as well as software for major programs such as the U.S. EPA’s AirNow program and the BlueSky Framework. Jennifer also creates custom graphics to visually display air quality data and results, as she did recently for the EPA’s annual air quality status and trends reports, effectively portraying scientific, national-scale data sets so that they can be understood by the general public.
PurpleAir was born in the fall of 2015 out of Adrian’s curiosity surrounding air quality in his Salt Lake Valley community. Today, PurpleAir’s global network has grown to thousands of sensors measuring real-time air quality made accessible to the public via their interactive map.
After discovering his passion for technology at a very young age, Adrian spent many years honing his skills in complex electronic repairs, surface mount assembly and prototyping. This expertise, combined with two decades of experience in computer programming, network engineering and software development, enabled him to create PurpleAir.
Virtual Summer Series Session 1: Purple Air Discussion
Founder, TD Environmental
Tim Dye has over 25 years of experience in environmental field monitoring, data management, and public communication. A visionary and entrepreneur, he has created air quality and meteorological applications both domestically and internationally. He is a widely recognized leader in air sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for environmental applications. While at Sonoma Technology, Tim developed innovative systems for air quality data management systems and forecasting programs for public outreach (www.AirNow.gov, www.StateAir.net, www.SmogCity2.org). Tim has the proven ability to transform traditional programs by using a mixture of technology, creativity, and leadership.
Virtual Summer Series Session 1: TD Environmental Discussion
Angela Eaton leads Safecast’s air quality and radiation monitoring efforts in the U.S. and supports communities looking to engage in environmental monitoring throughout the Americas. Angela is currently working with the Los Angeles Public Library on their efforts to build citizen science communities at branches and seeks new ways to encourage environmental monitoring as a means to satisfy the curious and empower communities. To this she brings previous experience in sustainable systems design in urban water infrastructure and has consulted non-profits, utilities, and cities in conservation and greenhouse gas reduction. Angela has served as a SXSW Eco Advisory Board member and has participated as a Civil Society Working Group reviewer during the United Nations Habitat III process in which the current sustainable development goals were established.
Virtual Summer Series Session 1: Public Institutions and Trust: Developing Community Data Assets
Co-Founder & President, Particles Plus
Founded Adams Instruments in July 2006, which was acquired by TSI, Inc. in January 2008. Hired by TSI’s group president as their Director of Business Development and assisted the company to take a leadership position within the contamination control and controlled environments markets by successfully launching a complete airborne particle counter offering and facility monitoring system. Identified and assisted TSI in the acquisition efforts of Systems Plus (Singapore), FMS Systems (United Kingdom), Particle Metrics (USA) and Quant Technologies (USA). Initiated the successful creation and launch of the company’s Singapore operations and worldwide distribution model within the contamination control marketplace.
Virtual Summer Series Session 3: Particles Plus Discussion
New York City Environmental Justice Alliance
Virtual Summer Series Session 2: Empowering Community Based Organizations to Improve Air Quality in NYC Environmental Justice Communities
PhD Student, University of Washington
Yisi Liu is currently a PhD student in Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in University of Washington. She gained her Bachelor of Medicine in Wuhan University, China. Yisi has general interest in health effects of air pollution. Her recent research mainly focuses on traffic-related air pollution. Since traffic is one of the major sources of air pollution in urban areas, Yisi’s studies exploit mixture of methods to understand: air pollution concentrations in different microenvironment, personal air pollution intake during traveling, determinants of transportation modes choices, short-term cardiorespiratory health effects of traffic-related air pollution, and potential strategies to control traffic-related air pollution exposure for intra-city travelers.
Virtual Summer Series Session 2: Short-term health effects of traffic-related air pollution exposure in multi-modal commuting in Chengdu, China
University of Cambridge
Peter has two masters, one in Physics (2017) and another in Sensor Technologies (2018), and is currently undertaking a PhD in Astrophysics. Through his degrees he has gained expertise in remote sensing, embedded systems, and machine learning. In his second masters, he co-founded an initiative called open-seneca, which works towards creating a global, mobile, air pollution sensor network. He has had success implementing pilot studies with the Argentine government and the UN, where this initiative has won several awards, including the University of Cambridge’s Vice-Chancellor's Research Impact and Engagement Award in 2019.
Manager, EDF+Business, Clean Air & Innovation, Environmental Defense Fund
Dr. Rickenbacker is a manager at EDF+Business. In his role, he focuses on developing and executing strategies to identify, test and demonstrate the value of hyperlocal insights, leading to commitments to reduce greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions. Harold has worked closely with an interdisciplinary team at EDF to develop a How-to Guide for Hyperlocal Air Pollution Monitoring.
By engaging with stakeholder across many sectors, he also helps to manage domestic an international clean air projects. Through EDF’s work in Houston, Oakland, and London, Harold has helped to catalyze and demonstrate the technologies, business models, and partnerships needed to accelerate action to reduce pollution and improve health outcomes.
Virtual Summer Series Session 1: Mapping hyperlocal air pollution to drive clean air policies
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Natalie Sampson conducts community-based research to document and address environmental health inequities. She brings interdisciplinary evidence to climate change, land use, and infrastructure planning and policy efforts in Metro Detroit. Her research is published in various peer-reviewed journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, Environmental Justice, Global Environmental Change, Health and Place, and Progress in Community Health Partnerships. Dr. Sampson co-chairs the American Public Health Association (APHA)’s Environmental Justice Subcommittee and was the 2017 recipient of the APHA Rebecca Head Award honoring, “an outstanding emerging leader from the environmental health field working at the nexus of science, policy and environmental justice.”
Virtual Summer Series Session 2: Building Youth Capacity for Community Science and Policy Advocacy in Dearborn, MI
Graduate Research Assistant, University of Washington
I am a PhD student in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at University of Washington. My objective is to conduct environmental health research that contributes to disease prevention through partnerships with communities, where the research addresses community priorities and can lead to practical action. I am particularly interested in working with tribes. My current research focuses on indoor and outdoor air pollution, the use of low-cost air pollution sensors, and building collaborative research partnerships.
Virtual Summer Series Session 1: Development of a method for local health jurisdictions and schools in WA to use low-cost monitors for wildfire smoke preparedness
Environmental Research Scientist, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Virtual Summer Series Session 2: Assessing Urban air quality project
Assistant Professor, university of British Columbia
Dr. Naomi Zimmerman is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and is a Canada Research Chair in Sustainability. Prior to joining UBC she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies at Carnegie Mellon University and also holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Virtual Summer Series Session 2: The air and climate implications of energy access in Northern India: A case study in two villages