Austin Doak

Austin Doak, Undergraduate student, Chemical Engineering

Measures air pollution

• Hometown: North Liberty, IA
• Faculty mentor/advisor: Charles Stanier, Professor, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
• What is your degree program and expected graduate date? Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, December 2020
• Please describe your research: I use computer programs, such as MATLAB, to determine the influence of atmospheric emission sources on air quality measurements taken during the 2017 Lake Michigan Ozone Study. My research focuses on determining the contribution of local powerplants based off pollutant measurements and meteorological data.
• In simple terms, why does this research matter? Air pollution is a growing concern in today’s society with links to climate change and negative health effects. It is important the interactions and distribution of pollutants in the atmosphere are researched to develop options to reduce this pollution.
• How soon after starting at the University of Iowa were you able to participate in research? I began research in my third semester at Iowa.
• How has being involved in research made you more successful at the University of Iowa? Research has given me the opportunity to attend various conferences and meetings with peers in my field which has expanded my professional network and sparked my interest into this area of study.
• What are your career goals and/or plans after graduation? After graduation, I would like to further my education and research into air quality by attending graduate school for environmental engineering.

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