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Carnegie Mellon’s Allen L. Robinson To Speak About Transportation Emissions at EPA Research Forum

March 4, 2014

Contact: Sherry Stokes
Carnegie Mellon University

PITTSBURGH—When you gun your car engine to warm it up on these cold winter mornings think about the pollution you may be creating.

Carnegie Mellon University's Allen L. Robinson has spent his entire career worrying about air quality and the dangerous impact of various transportation emissions.

"We need to be cautious about the kind of restrictions we develop for emissions because there are so many atmospheric processes influencing how these tiny fine particulates impact the environment," said Robinson, the Raymond J. Lane Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at CMU.

Robinson will join nine other experts at the EPA's Transportation Emissions Forum March 4-5 in Ann Arbor, Mich., to discuss "Improving Chemical Transport Model Predictions of Organic Aerosol: Measurement and Simulation of Semivolatile Organic Emissions from Mobile and Nonmobile Sources."

His research has transformed how scientists, engineers and policymakers view fine particulate emissions from cars, trucks, wildfires and other combustion processes.

In addition to leading the development of a major new research thrust to quantify the climate and air quality impacts of unconventional gas development, Robinson's work has led to improved policy assessments of air pollution and global climate.

The winner of many accolades, Robinson has received the College of Engineering's Outstanding Research Award in 2010, the Ahrens Career Development Chair in Mechanical Engineering in 2005, and the George Tallman Ladd Outstanding Young Faculty Award in 2000. In 2009, he was awarded a fellowship from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science at the University of Colorado, allowing him to spend a year studying air quality and climate at NOAA in Boulder.


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