Presto, who received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from CMU, has held a research role within the university since 2007. Focusing on pollutant emissions from energy extraction and consumption, Presto is a highly accomplished researcher publishing influential work on secondary organic aerosol, low-cost sensors, and exposure assessments including an examination of the aftermath of the train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio earlier this year.
CAPS is one of the world’s leading research centers focused on particulate matter and its effects on global climate and public health. The center not only provides policy-relevant research but actively participates in the evolution of environmental policy related to particulate matter.
Presto is looking forward to strengthening CAPS’ community, which includes seven faculty members and 25 doctoral students across the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemistry.
“CAPS is the perfect example of a ground-up scientific endeavor. We exist because a group of people at CMU were interested in working together on science and air,” Presto explained. “I want to build off of our grass roots nature and bring the community closer together.”
CMU and CAPS have a rich history of air quality research that includes leading major national research efforts, highly influential publications, and providing science advice to Allegheny County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and US EPA.Peter Adams, Department Head, Department of Engineering and Public Policy
Presto plans to foster the community with recurring professional and social events.
“The people in CAPS are innovative,” said Presto. “Encouraging strong working relationships with new ways for interaction will keep our momentum going.”
Peter Adams, head of the Department of Engineering and Public Policy, served as the director of CAPS for the last decade.
“It’s been my privilege,” said Adams. “CAPS is a great example of CMU’s culture of interdisciplinary and department-spanning research. CMU and CAPS have a rich history of air quality research that includes leading major national research efforts, highly influential publications, and providing science advice to Allegheny County, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and US EPA. I know Albert will do a great job, and I very much look forward to continuing my participation in CAPS under his leadership.”