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Distinguished Speaker: Reaching for the clouds: Developing the next generation STEM workforce

Monday, April 03, 2017, 3:30PM - 4:30PM


Akua Asa-Awuku

University of Maryland


SEEC Auditorium

4001 Discovery Drive, Boulder, CO

Full title

Reaching for the clouds: Developing the next generation STEM workforce through droplet formation research


A reception with light refreshments will follow the talk.


Aerosols, or particles, emitted into the air have adverse effects for regional air quality and health. In addition, aerosols significantly impact earth's climate and the hydrological cycle. They can directly reflect the amount of incoming solar radiation into space; by acting as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN), they can indirectly impact climate by affecting cloud albedo. Understanding the chemical and thermodynamic properties that control the ability of particles to form droplets, CCN activity, and droplet growth are necessary for constraining impacts on the hydrological cycle and uncertainties from the aerosol indirect effect. In particular, quantifying organic effects that are not well understood are important for predicting water uptake, CCN concentrations and cloud droplet formation. In this presentation, Dr. Asa-Awuku will explore the links between cloud formation and air quality and identify the ways students have developed in their research programs in her group.


Dr. Akua Asa-Awuku is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Maryland. Her primary research interest is understanding and predicting aerosol-cloud climate interactions. Dr. Asa-Awuku received her PhD and MS in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and her BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2008, she served as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies at Carnegie Mellon University.


Free and open to the public.