Dana Boesen, Undergraduate student, Mechanical Engineering
Measures indoor air toxins
• What is your area of research or scholarship? I am part of a team of researchers who investigate PCBs, a class of pollutants that were banned in the 1970s but are still found in the environment. I work with graduate students, research scientists, professors and other undergraduate students. My role is to assist in the preparation of filters that are used in a study of air toxins in indoor air.
• In simple terms, why does this research matter? This research is important because it helps inform the public about potential hazards present in the environment. Additionally, it aids government entities, such as the EPA, in policy making and remediation efforts.
• What is your degree program and expected graduate date? My degree program is currently in Mechanical Engineering and expect to graduate in 2021.
• Hometown: Waterloo, Iowa.
• Faculty mentor/advisor: Keri Hornbuckle
• What are your career goals? To work in the automotive industry and help improve the safety of their vehicles.
Banner location: Downtown—Pedestrian Mall, Dubuque Street and College Street