McKelvey Engineering stories of 2019<img alt="top 10 news" src="/news/PublishingImages/top%2010%20stories%202019.jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div class="newsauthor"><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/131101_sjh_jim_mckelvey_53.jpg?RenditionID=3" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin: 5px 20px; width: 120px;"/> <a href="/news/Pages/New-era-in-engineering-to-begin-at-Washington-University.aspx" style="outline: 0px;">1. New era in engineering to begin at Washington University</a><br/></h3></div><div><div data-queryruleid="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"><div data-displaytemplate="WebPageItem"><div>The School of Engineering & Applied Science was renamed the James McKelvey School of Engineering in honor of trustee and distinguished alumnus Jim McKelvey Jr., who made an unprecedented and transformative investment in the school.<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newsauthor"><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/jaa_east_end_0082-760x507.jpg?RenditionID=3" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin: 5px 20px;"/> <a href="/news/Pages/East-End-Transformation-dedicated.aspx" style="outline: 0px;">2. East End Transformation dedicated</a><br/></h3></div><div><div data-queryruleid="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"><div data-displaytemplate="WebPageItem"><div><div class="newsauthor">New campus area focuses on innovative, sustainable design and future reuse.<br/></div></div><div> <br/> </div><div> <br/> </div><div> <br/> </div><div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/Biswas_lab_4550.jpg?RenditionID=3" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin: 5px 20px;"/> <a href="/news/Pages/Biswas-elected-to-National-Academy-of-Engineering.aspx" style="outline: 0px;">3. Biswas elected to National Academy of Engineering</a> <br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Selected for research in aerosol dynamics, particle removal technologies, Pratim Biswas, the Lucy & Stanley Lopata Professor, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, considered one of the highest honors in the field of engineering.<br/><br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"><br/></div><div class="newsauthor"> <h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;">& <img src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Rudy_Yoram.jpg?RenditionID=3" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin: 5px 20px;"/><br/></h3><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/rudy-named-to-national-academy-of-inventors.aspx">Rudy named to National Academy of Inventors</a><br/></h3> Yoram Rudy, along with a faculty member from the School of Medicine, were named to the National Academy of Inventors.<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"></h3><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/silent%20send%20noise.jpg?RenditionID=3" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin: 5px 20px;"/> <a href="/news/Pages/When-WiFi-is-weak-send-noise-instead.aspx">4. When WiFi is weak, send noise instead</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Recognizing wireless noise can be key to sending information, researchers find.<br/><br/></div><div class="newsauthor"> <br/> </div><div class="newsauthor"> <br/> </div><div class="newsauthor"> <br/> </div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/image001.jpg?RenditionID=3" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin: 5px 20px;"/> <a href="/news/Pages/Using-bacteria-to-create-a-water-filter-that-kills-bacteria.aspx">5. Using bacteria to create a water filter that kills bacteria</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Srikanth Singamaneni and Young-Shin Jun's research on a new water-filtering membrane was the cover story of the Jan. 2, 2019 issue of Environmental Science & Technology.<br/></div></div> <br/> </div></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/rendered.jpg?RenditionID=3" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin: 5px 20px;"/> <a href="/news/Pages/Multi-institutional-team-to-study-effects-of-age,-gender-on-brain-injury-mechanics.aspx">6. Multi-institutional team to study effects of age, gender on brain injury mechanics</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Study's breadth encompasses often-overlooked group: domestic abuse victims.<br/></div> <br/> </div><div> <br/> </div><div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/Flame.jpg?RenditionID=3" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin: 5px 20px; width: 120px;"/> <a href="/news/Pages/Flame-design-in-space-may-lead-to-soot-free-fire.aspx">7. Flame design in space may lead to soot-free fire</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">The International Space Station will provide a lab for an experiment that hopes to settle fundamental question about soot and combustion.<br/></div> <br/> </div><div> <br/> </div><div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/Tumor_Growth_3D_CancerResearch_2017.jpg?RenditionID=3" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin: 5px 20px;"/> <a href="/news/Pages/Imaging-technology-could-better-monitor-tumor-growth-drug-effectiveness.aspx">8. Imaging technology could better monitor tumor growth, drug effectiveness</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Using a novel imaging technology, Chao Zhou plans to improve on an existing imaging method that will give researchers more insight into the effects of drug candidates on tumor models.<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/new%20faculty%202019.jpg?RenditionID=3" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin: 5px 20px;"/> <a href="/news/Pages/New-faculty-join-McKelvey-School-of-Engineering.aspx">9. New faculty join McKelvey School of Engineering</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">Ten new faculty joined the McKelvey School of Engineering, bringing the total number of full-time faculty to more than 140, including 98 tenured and tenure-track faculty. <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> <h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/noise.jpg?RenditionID=3" class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="" style="margin: 5px 20px;"/> <a href="/news/Pages/New-fundamental-limit-to-seeing-and-believing-in-imaging.aspx">10. New, fundamental limit to ‘seeing and believing’ in imaging</a><br/></h3><div class="newsauthor">As researchers probe smaller parts of our world, the resulting images may not always show the full picture.<br/></div> <br/> <br/> <br/> </div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div class="cstm-section"><h4 class="ms-rteElement-H4B" style="text-align: center;">#mckelveyengineering<br/> top social media<br/> posts of the year</h4> <span><hr/></span> <div><p> <strong>facebook:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="">Happy Women in Construction Week!</a><br/></p><p> <strong>twitter:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="">Summer Engineering Fellowship program inspired a love of research in Andrew Whitaker, junior in BME.</a><br/></p><p> <strong>instagram: </strong><a href="">WashU Racing unveils their new ride! 🏁</a><br/></p></div></div><div class="cstm-widget expand"><h3 class="icon-link"> <a href="#">2020 Research Calendar</a></h3><div><p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="/our-school/leadership/offices/marketing-communications/Documents/Engineering%20calendar%202020.pdf"> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/Calendar-2020.jpg" alt="" style="margin: 5px; width: 135px;"/></a> <br/> <a href="/our-school/leadership/offices/marketing-communications/Documents/Engineering%20calendar%202020.pdf">Download PDF</a><br/></p></div></div><div class="cstm-widget expand"><h3 class="icon-link"> <a href="#">Desktop Calendar Images</a></h3><div><p style="text-align: center;"> <a href=""> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/March%202020.jpg" alt="" style="margin: 5px; width: 116px;"/></a> <br/> <a href="">Download</a><br/></p></div></div>2019-12-10T06:00:00ZMcKelvey engineers continued their strong research tradition in 2019. These are 10 stories that had the most impact and reach in 2019.<p>McKelvey<span style="font-size: 20px;"> engineers continued their strong research tradition in 2019. Here are 10 stories that had the most impact and reach in 2019:</span><br/></p>, Pappu, Yang among most highly-cited researchers worldwide<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Martin%20Yang%20Rohit.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div id="__publishingReusableFragmentIdSection"><a href="/ReusableContent/36_.000">a</a></div><p>Randall Martin, Rohit Pappu and Lan Yang, all professors in the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, have been named among the most highly-cited researchers in the sciences by the Institute for Scientific Information. </p><p>Martin, professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering; Pappu, professor of biomedical engineering; and Yang, professor of electrical & systems engineering, were among 55 faculty from Washington University named to the list, which recognizes researchers worldwide who have demonstrated significant and broad influence reflected in their publication of multiple papers, highly cited by their peers over the course of the last decade. These papers rank in the top 1% by citations for these fields and year in Web of Science. </p><p>Washington University ranks seventh in the world for its number of highly-cited researchers. For 2019, 6,216 researchers made the <a href="">overall list</a>. <br/></p><p>Martin's research focuses on characterizing atmospheric composition to inform effective policies surrounding major environmental and public health challenges ranging from air quality to climate change. He leads a research group at the interface of satellite remote sensing and global modeling, with applications that include population exposure for health studies, top-down constraints on emissions, and analysis of processes that affect atmospheric composition. He serves as co-model scientist for a leading global atmospheric model (GEOS-Chem), leads a global fine particulate matter network (SPARTAN) to evaluate and enhance satellite-based estimates of fine particulate matter, and on multiple science teams for satellite instruments including MAIA, TEMPO and GEMS. Data from his group are relied upon for a large number of assessments, including for the OECD Regional Well-Being Index, for World Health Organization estimates of global mortality due to fine particulate matter, for the Global Burden of Disease Project to examine the risk factors affecting global public health and for a wide range of health studies.</p><p>Martin joined McKelvey Engineering in 2019 from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where he had been on the faculty since 2003. He was named professor in 2011 and Arthur B. McDonald Chair of Research Excellence in 2016. Since 2003, he also has been a research associate at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he also was a postdoctoral fellow. He serves on a variety of task forces, advisory boards and working groups as an expert on air quality. His professional honors include a Steacie Memorial Fellowship and selection to the Royal Society of Canada.</p><p>Pappu's research focuses on intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), specifically their roles in transcriptional regulation, receptor mediated cell signaling and cellular stress response. The Pappu lab has pioneered the combined use of polymer physics theories, novel homegrown computational methods, and experiments to probe the functional and phenotypic impacts of IDPs. Pappu's lab also has a large focus on neurodegeneration in Huntington's and Alzheimer's diseases. The central goal is to understand how protein aggregation and protein homeostasis pathways collude to give rise to neuronal death as a function of aging.</p><p>Pappu joined Washington University in St. Louis in 2001. He earned a doctorate in biological physics from Tufts University and completed two biophysics postdoctoral fellowships at Washington University and Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine. Pappu is the director of the Center for Science and Engineering of Living Systems, co-director of the Center for High-Performance Computing, and a member of the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders.</p><p>Yang is a fellow of IEEE and of The Optical Society. Her research interests include fabrication, characterization and fundamental understanding of advanced nano/micro photonic devices with outstanding optical properties or novel features for unconventional control of light flow. Her group focuses on the silicon-chip-based, ultra-high-quality micro-resonators and their applications for sensing, lasing, nonlinear optics, environmental monitoring, biomedical research and communication. Her Laboratory of Micro/Nano Photonics Research Group has demonstrated the first on-chip micro-resonator-based particle sensors that can achieve not only detection but also size measurement of single nanoparticles one by one. Different materials with tailored chemical compositions and nanostructures are used in her research to achieve advanced micro/nano photonic devices with desired properties, such as nonreciprocal light transmissions in a parity-time-symmetric optical resonator system, an all-optical analog of an electronic diode that allows current flow in one direction.</p><p>Yang joined the faculty at Washington University in 2007. In 2010, she earned a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and in 2011, she was honored by President Barack Obama with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The early career award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.<br/></p><SPAN ID="__publishingReusableFragment"></SPAN><br/>(From left) Randall Martin, Rohit Pappu, Lan YangBeth Miller 2019-12-09T06:00:00ZRandall Martin and Lan Yang are among the world's most highly-cited researchers in the sciences.,-IIT-Bombay-to-study-air-pollution.aspx1218New partnership brings together McKelvey, IIT Bombay to study air pollution<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/mb03%20(1).jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>In November, air quality in New Delhi reached such dangerous levels that schools closed, flights were cancelled and local authorities declared a public health emergency. News of the city’s heavy smog was covered around the world.</p><p>But the future may be brighter, thanks to new opportunities for India’s rising stars in aerosol and air quality science.<br/></p><p></p><p>On Dec. 16, researchers from the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis will join peers at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) to celebrate the opening of the Aerosol and Air Quality Research Shared Facility in Mumbai, along with the launch of a new, joint master’s degree program.</p><p>“This will provide an opportunity for students at IITB to engage in cutting-edge research that is very relevant, guided by world leading faculty members from the two institutions,” said <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Pratim-Biswas.aspx">Pratim Biswas</a>, the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Professor in the McKelvey School of Engineering. Biswas is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and assistant vice chancellor for international programs at Washington University.</p><p>“The work will be relevant to both India and the US,” he said.</p><p>The new research facility will join the <a href="">Surface Particulate Matter Network</a>(SPARTAN), a global particulate matter network, which connects satellite mapping and particulate matter sensor deployment.</p><p>It will also bring to the Mumbai campus high-tech instrumentation for fundamental research in aerosol science and engineering, as well as new equipment for on-the-ground air quality monitoring and characterization.</p><p>“The research facility offers great potential to rapidly advance understanding of air quality in India, which is of high importance given the elevated concentrations of fine particulate matter that have been observed in the region,” said <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Randall-Martin.aspx">Randall Martin</a>, professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering at the McKelvey School and principal investigator for SPARTAN.</p><p>Beginning this month, fourth-year students in the IITB bachelor of technology track can apply to a new Aerosols and Air Quality Master’s Degree Program, in collaboration with both universities. Going forward, third-year students will be able to apply. The one-of-a-kind program begins in May 2020.</p><p>Not only is the joint nature of the degree unique — with students earning a single degree from both universities — but it is the the only such aerosol science program in engineering offered to students in India.</p><p>“I’m excited about educating the next generation of students from India in this field,” said <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Rajan-Chakrabarty.aspx">Rajan Chakrabarty</a>, assistant professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering in the McKelvey School and coordinator of the new program. “This is a real opportunity for Washington University’s aerosol faculty members to have an impact, addressing the air pollution problem in India.”</p><p>Washington University Chancellor Andrew Martin and Subhasis Chaudhuri, director of IITB, have both made generous contributions to support the program. In October 2019, they signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize the collaboration. After the first five years, industry, government and other funding sources will help sustain and grow the program.</p><p>The highly selective master’s degree program will cover tuition as well as provide a stipend. Students will conduct research in an area of aerosol science and engineering, co-supervised by faculty from both schools. They will spend equal time at Washington University and IITB.</p><p>Once they have completed the 30-credit-hour program, students will be encouraged to apply for a co-advised, accelerated PhD program.</p><p>This partnership is the latest in a long history of collaboration between the universities, both powerhouses when it comes to engineering education, with standout faculty and students who go on to make important contributions to the field of aerosols.</p><p>The school is a key partner in Washington University’s Global Aerosol Network, part of the <a href="">McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environment Partnership</a>.</p><p><a href="/Profiles/Pages/Richard-Axelbaum.aspx">Richard Axelbaum</a>, the Stifel & Quinette Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering Science, and Biswas are both lead faculty members of Washington University’s <a href="">Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering</a>; they have jointly hosted workshops with IITB. Axelbaum will also be participating in the joint master’s degree program, along with <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Jay-Turner.aspx">Jay Turner</a>, vice dean for education, and professor of environmental and chemical engineering.</p><p>And Biswas, a Mumbai native and department chair of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering in the McKelvey School, worked with Chakrabarty and international partners on a large-scale project to help to reduce the polluting impact of <a href="/news/Pages/Researchers-discover-higher-environmental-impact-from-cookstove-emissions.aspx">cookstoves</a>, as well as their negative impact on the rural communities that depend on them.</p><p>Chakrabarty, a Guwahati native, said working with local students has great advantages when it comes to developing solutions to a large-scale problem such as pollution.</p><p>The program brings expertise and state-of-the-art facilities, “And students bring the problems they face every day. They know how important it is to find a solution,” he said.</p><p>“You know you are there for a reason, so you come at it with great intensity.”<br/></p><div><div class="cstm-section"><h3>Pratim Biswas<br/></h3><div style="text-align: center;"> <strong> <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Lan-Yang.aspx"> <img src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Biswas_Pratim.JPG?RenditionID=3" alt="Pratim Biswas" style="margin: 5px;"/></a> <br/></strong></div><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>Assistant Vice Chancellor & Department Chair<br/> Lucy & Stanley Lopata Professor</li><li>Expertise: Aerosol science and engineering with applications in energy and environmental nanotechnology, nanoparticle synthesis, advanced material synthesis, pharmaceuticals and theranostics, medicine, biological systems, solar energy utilization, electronics, air pollution control, sensors, atmospheric issues, thermal sciences<br/></li></ul><p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Pratim-Biswas.aspx">>> View Bio</a><br/></p></div></div>Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)Brandie Jefferson aerosol science research facility, joint master's degree gives students best of two powerhouse research institutions<p>​New aerosol science research facility, joint master's degree gives students best of two powerhouse research institutions<br/></p>,-partner-universities-offer-collaborative-undergraduate-education-program.aspx1208McKelvey School of Engineering, partner universities offer collaborative undergraduate education program <img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/DSC00384.JPG?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div id="__publishingReusableFragmentIdSection"><a href="/ReusableContent/36_.000">a</a></div><p>The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis has teamed with three partner universities in Asia to offer undergraduate students from each school the opportunity to study and to broaden their research experience at WashU. </p><p>In the 3+1+X program, undergraduate students from Tsinghua University, Shandong University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) who have completed three years of study would have the opportunity to study at Washington University for their fourth year, then have the option to remain at Washington University to complete a one-year master's degree or to begin doctoral studies. Likewise, Washington University students have the same opportunity to attend one of the three universities in Asia for their fourth year and remain for an optional master's or doctoral degree. The visiting students would earn a Certificate of International Study from the host university in addition to a bachelor's degree from their home institution.<br/></p><p>The first student to join a 3+1+X program at the McKelvey School of Engineering is Junlong Huang, a student from Tsinghua University. Huang is studying in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering this academic year and is being co-advised by Young-Shin Jun, professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering, and Brent Williams, the Raymond R. Tucker Distinguished InCEES Career Development Associate Professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering. Huang's research focuses on the impacts of cast iron pipes in drinking water distribution system of the UV/Persulfate treatment process. Students from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Shandong University are expected to study at WashU beginning in the 2020-21 academic year. <br/></p><div class="row"><div class="column"></div><div class="column"></div></div><p>"As McKelvey Engineering grows the breadth and depth of its research, we are working to expand our connections to important engineering schools around the globe," said Aaron Bobick, dean and James M. McKelvey Professor. "The 3+1+X program is an innovative approach to fostering great collaboration with key partner universities."</p><p>In addition to the student exchange, the universities plan to host research symposia every one to two years for faculty from each institution, as well as provide visiting scholar opportunities to faculty and doctoral students from each institution. The visiting undergraduate students would have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty from the partner institutions.</p><p> <img src="/news/PublishingImages/3%20plus%201%20plus%20X.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-4" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/> <br/> </p><p> <sub><em>From left: 1) Junlong Huang. 2) Dean Bobick signs an agreement with officials from Tsinghua University in China agreed to the 3+1+X program earlier in 2019. 3) Dean Bobick with Professor Tim Cheng from the School of Engineering at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.</em></sub><br/></p> <p>"The symposia and visits by partner faculty and doctoral students will enhance the research collaborations between the two institutions, and while it is not mandatory, the hope is that the 3+1+X undergraduate students could be co-advised by faculty from both WashU and the partner institution, further building on the research topics identified in the symposia," said Teresa Sarai, assistant dean for international relations in the McKelvey School of Engineering. <br/></p><p>The McKelvey School of Engineering will team with Tsinghua's internationally prestigious School of Environment, which is among the world's top 20 programs in environmental sciences, specializing in environmental chemistry and microbiology, environmental engineering, and environmental planning and management. Several WashU faculty earned degrees at Tsinghua, including Peng Bai, assistant professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering; Tao Ju, vice dean for research and professor of computer science; and Xuan "Silvia" Zhang, assistant professor of electrical & systems engineering. <br/></p><p>Most departments in the McKelvey School of Engineering will partner with HKUST's School of Engineering. The highly-ranked HKUST is one of the fastest-growing universities in the world. Its School of Engineering is the largest of the four schools within HKUST and was ranked number 18 globally in the QS World University Rankings subject 2019 in Engineering and Technology.<br/></p><p>The partnership with Shandong University will focus primarily on computer science and engineering students from the Taishan College of Shandong University, an elite and highly selective honors college for students in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and computer science. Taishan College serves as a training ground for top-notch students in these basic disciplines. <br/></p><p>"The Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering and the renowned Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering (CASE) have a long-standing relationship with counterparts at Tsinghua University working through the McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environmental Partnership (MAGEEP)," said Pratim Biswas, assistant vice chancellor, chair of the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering and the Lucy & Stanley Lopata Professor. "This program will enable the brightest undergraduate students to get engaged in cutting-edge research and provide an opportunity to then move onto doctoral programs at either institution, but working with faculty mentors at both universities."<br/></p> <SPAN ID="__publishingReusableFragment"></SPAN> <br/>Officials from McKelvey School of Engineering and Hong Kong University of Science & Technology signed an agreement for the new program this fall in Hong Kong.Beth Miller 2019-12-02T06:00:00ZMcKelvey School of Engineering and three partner universities in Asia now offer undergraduate students a unique study and research experience. characteristics of fine particles in the air from space<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/maia1%20(1).jpg?RenditionID=2" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div id="__publishingReusableFragmentIdSection"><a href="/ReusableContent/36_.000">a</a></div><p>It is well known that fine particulates in the air are associated with cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases and cancer. What are not yet known are the different types of pollution that contribute to this fine particulate matter and which are most harmful to human health. </p><p>Randall Martin, professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, will look for these answers with a nearly $1 million grant from NASA as part of its Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA) mission. With the funding, Martin will take a new set of observations and measurements of ground levels of fine particulate matter, also known as PM2.5, in regions observed from multiple angles with cameras on NASA's MAIA satellites. </p><p>"A goal from the combination of the satellite and the ground-based measurements is to develop algorithms to infer ground-level particle type everywhere the satellite observes," Martin said. </p><p>When looking down from space through a satellite, researchers can see the entire column of air that contains signatures about particles near the ground and higher up in the atmosphere. As a windshield on a car can look clean or dirty depending on the angle of the sun, the MAIA team will use those different angles to determine characteristics of the particles. </p><p>PM2.5, one of the major pollutants monitored closely by health officials worldwide, refers to the size of certain particulates in the air that are 2.5 microns and smaller. These particles can be composed of anything from dust to vehicle emissions to industrial byproducts. Because of their size, they can travel through the body's respiratory tract and deposit in the lungs. </p><p>As part of this project, the team will send instruments to collaborators in eight countries to collect filter samples of the PM2.5 particles in the air. The collaborators will send the filters to Martin's team, which will analyze the samples to understand the characteristics of the different particle types. </p><p>"Satellite remote sensing offers immense opportunity for global observations of air quality," Martin said. </p><p>Martin is part of a large MAIA mission team based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. In addition to analyzing what types of airborne particles are dangerous over the short and long term, the team also aims to determine what types of airborne particles are dangerous during pregnancy and their impact on infants. <br/></p><SPAN ID="__publishingReusableFragment"></SPAN><p><br/></p><div><div class="cstm-section"><h3>Randall Martin<br/></h3><div style="text-align: center;"> <strong> <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Randall-Martin.aspx"> <img src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Randall%20Martin%202019.jpg?RenditionID=3" alt="" style="margin: 5px;"/></a> <br/></strong></div><ul style="text-align: left;"><li>Professor<br/></li><li>Research: Focuses on characterizing atmospheric composition to inform effective policies surrounding major environmental and public health challenges ranging from air quality to climate change. <br/></li></ul><p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="/Profiles/Pages/Randall-Martin.aspx">>> View Bio</a><br/></p></div></div> <span> </span><br/>NASA's MAIA mission will take measurements needed to characterize the sizes, compositions and quantities of particulate matter in air pollution. Photo credit: Miller 2019-11-21T06:00:00ZRandall Martin will take a new set measurements of ground levels of fine particulate matter, PM2.5, in regions observed from NASA's MAIA satellites.<p>​Engineer to combine data from NASA satellite images with on-the-ground measurements to better understand air pollution <br/></p>