Grad courses taught by Dr. IVW:
The primary goals of this proposed course are to provide students with experience: (1) developing and building custom measurement tools, (2) designing and conducting real-world research, and (3) understanding the capabilities and limitations of emerging tools being widely used by academic, commercial, and citizen scientists. The proposed course will be a project-based experience in which students learn about available technologies, then design, test, and evaluate measurement tools by using them to collect data in self-designed field and lab experiments. Students will work in small groups to design and build a prototype instrument and use it to collect real-world data, which they will analyze to evaluate their design capabilities, as well as the environmental parameters they choose to measure.
A wide range of chemical compounds exist in the atmosphere, constantly interacting and transforming. The objective of this course is to understand chemical processes through which atmospheric constituents interact. The course covers the fundamental physical and chemical systems in the atmosphere, chemical reactions between atmospheric constituents, and the processes that form, transform, and remove pollutants. Topics include the structure and composition of the atmosphere, oxidation of emissions, aerosol chemistry, interactions between gases and particles, and human influence on atmospheric processes.
The composition of the atmospheric is dynamic and complex, spanning an exceedingly wide range of physicochemical properties. The tools developed to measure atmospheric constituents and answer the pressing scientific questions in the field of atmospheric science are consequently similarly diverse. Instrument development is therefore considered a cornerstone of atmospheric scientific research, with novel and custom instrumentation leading to many recent advances in the field. This course will provide students with an overview of the range of tools and instruments used to understand the atmosphere, including their operating principles, their capabilities and limitations, their historical and current applications, and the scientific advances enabled by their development. Students will also consider aspects of the design and deployment of new instrument and gain some hands-on experience with existing instrumentation around campus.
Recommended other courses:
CEE 5154: Air Quality Engineering (Dr. Marr)
This graduate-level course covers emissions, transport, transformation, and fate of atmospheric pollutants. Principles of air quality engineering are discussed in the context of global climate change, health and ecosystem effects, and air quality management.
CEE 4144: Air Resources Engineering (Dr. Marr)
The objective of this course is to understand the major principles and problems associated with air pollution. We explore the effects, sources, and control of air pollutants. The course employs engineering fundamentals for the design of physical control devices as well as management approaches for air pollution control.
CEE 5104: Environmental Chemistry (Dr. Dietrich)
Applied, environmental aspects of physical, organic, and inorganic chemistry; including applications in sanitary engineering of the phenomena of precipitation, complexation, buffering capacity, and chemical equilibria. Review of the nomenclature and properties of organic compounds.