Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Doctoral Graduate Receives Top Honors for Research from Environmental Professional Organization

KINGSVILLE - May 17, 2013

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

Recent Texas A&M University-Kingsville environmental engineering doctoral graduate Dr. Yuan Yuan has received a top award for her dissertation research from a top international environmental professional organization.

            The Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA)—an international non-profit group comprised of more than 5,000 environmental professionals whose aim is to promote environmental responsibility—awarded Yuan a $1,200 top prize for her dissertation, which studied the atmospheric particulate matter pollution and the human exposure to such pollution in Texas urban areas, including Corpus Christi and Houston, and the potential human health risk of inhaled particulate matter.

            Dr. David Ramirez, associate professor of environmental engineering, said Yuan’s dissertation was particularly important due to the limited atmospheric particulate matter pollution studies in Texas and because the study outlined a new mathematical model to determine dispersion and concentrations of ultrafine particles, which are less than 100 nanometers in size—almost 1,000 times smaller than the average width of human hair).

            “The research conducted by Dr. Yuan was the first study to systematically analyze particulate matter pollution and human exposure associated with socioeconomic status in Texas urban areas,” Ramirez said. “The new developments outlined in the dissertation are useful to assess the public health risk of exposure to air pollutants in order to allocate health resources and aid in the public health policy decision-making process.”

            Yuan is the first A&M-Kingsville student to receive the A&WMA Doctoral Dissertation Award.

            “A&WMA recognizes original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the fields of air quality, sustainability and waste management,” Ramirez said.  “This is a great honor for the environmental engineering program to have one of our students receive such a well-respected national recognition.”

            Yuan, who graduated from A&M-Kingsville in August 2012, currently serves as an environmental scientist for KaiDi Engineering & Science Co. Ltd., in Taiyuan, China.

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