Carmichael Receives National AIChE Award

Monday, October 29, 2012

Dr. Gregory R. Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research, and co-director of the University of Iowa Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, has received the Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers at its annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA.

Carmichael will deliver the Cecil Award Lecture October 30.  The title of his presentation is "The Globalization of Air Pollution: Implications for the Quality of the Air We Breathe, the Water We Drink, and the Food We Eat."

He also was honored at a special College of Engineering alumni reception at the Pennsylvania East Room, Westin Hotel, in Pittsburgh.

Internationally known for his research on the environmental impact of Asian development, Carmichael leads a team of researchers studying how pollution impacts human and ecosystem health within Asia, and the implication of transcontinental transport of pollutants from Asia on the air quality in California and the western United States.  Dr. Carmichael's laboratory also focuses on such major environmental issues as acid deposition, regional-scale photochemical oxidant exposure, and reactions on atmospheric particles. Most recently his work has focused on the role of black carbon (BC) in the atmosphere and its dual role as an air pollutant and climate warming agent. He has over 290 research publications.

Carmichael also is the recipient of the 2008 NASA Group Achievement Award (INTEX B), 2005 NASA Group Achievement Award (INTEX-A), delivered the 2003 Priestley Lecture, CSIRO, in Melbourne  Australia, and was the first recipient of the International Atmospheric Science and Application to Air Quality, Research Recognition Award.

He is a former chair of the Environmental division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and he currently serves as chair of the Scientific Advisory Group for the World Meteorological Organization Global Atmospheric Watch Urban Meteorology and Environment project, which is focused on building capacity worldwide to improve air quality forecasts and related services.

Carmichael earned a masterís degree in 1975 and a doctorate in 1979 in chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky.  He received a bachelorís of science degree in 1974 in chemical engineering from Iowa State University.

The Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering recognizes an individual's outstanding chemical engineering contribution and achievement in the preservation or improvement of the environment.  Recipients must demonstrate leadership in research, teaching, engineering, or regulatory activities in either the public or private sector.