The Cecil Award recognizes environmental achievement
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

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 received the Lawrence K. Cecil Award in Environmental Chemical Engineering from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) at the organization's annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pa. on Monday, Oct. 29.

portrait of Greg Carmichael
Greg Carmichael

The award 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.

In addition, Carmichael will deliver the Cecil Award Lecture, titled "The Globalization of Air Pollution: Implications for the Quality of the Air We Breathe, the Water We Drink, and the Food We Eat," Tuesday, Oct. 30.

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.

Carmichael'slaboratory also focuses on such major environmental issues as aciddeposition, regional-scale photochemical oxidant exposure, and reactionson atmospheric particles. Most recently his work has focused on the roleof black carbon (BC) in the atmosphere and its dual role as an air
pollutant and climate warming agent. He has produced more than 290 research publications.

Carmichael previously received the 2008 NASA Group Achievement
Award (INTEX B) and 2005 NASA Group Achievement Award (INTEX-A), and delivered the 2003 Priestley Lecture, CSIRO, in Melbourne, Australia. He 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 master's degree in 1975 and a doctorate in 1979 in
chemical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He received a
bachelor's of science degree in 1974 in chemical engineering from Iowa
State University.