Workshop on a Pilot Design for Air Quality in Africa



NSF-ICER-GEO Directorate for Geosciences

ICER-Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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Organizing Committee

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Solomon Bililign

Organizing Committee Chair

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Professor of Physics

North Carolina A&T State University

Research Interest: Bililign's research is focused on field and laboratory measurements of biomass burning aerosol properties to understand their impact on climate, Air quality and health.


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Vernon Morris

Organizing Committee Co-chair

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School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University

Research Interests: Morris studies the chemical evolution of airborne mineral dust particulate during transport in the lower troposphere and its effects on aerobiology, air chemistry, and cloud properties in megacity and remote ocean environments.


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Belay B. Demoz

Organizing Committee Co-chair

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Professor of Physics and Director - Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET)

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

Research Interest: Demoz's research is focused on field observations and instrumentation as it relates to mesoscale dynamics and air quality networks as well as climate observation of the troposphere.


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Akua Asa-Awuku

Organizing Committee Member

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Associate Professor

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

University of Maryland, College Park

Research Interests: Asa-Awuku's research investigates the aerosol water-uptake, cloud condensation nuclei activity, and hygroscopicity as it pertains to air quality, climate and health.


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Francis Pope

Organizing Committee Member

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Professor & Chair

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK

Research Interests: Pope’s research group is interested in the causes and effects of air pollution, and their links to climate change and resilient cities. A key geographic focus is East Africa.


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Gizaw Mengistu Tsidu

Organizing Committee Member

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Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Botswana International University of Science

Research interest: Tsidu's research uses models and observations from ground and space-based instruments to understand the driving dynamics and chemistry of atmospheric composition changes and their impact on climate and air quality. The atmospheric species of interest are greenhouse gases criterion pollutants as well as aerosols).


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Paul A. Kucera

Organizing Committee Member

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Director of International Capacity Development, COMET

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Research Interests: Kucera's research interest is implementing sustainable low-cost weather and air quality sensors in least developed regions of the world to improve monitoring and mitigating of air quality issues to society.


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Frank Flocke

Organizing Committee Member

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Scientist III - Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling Laboratory

National Center for Atmospheric Research

Research Interests: Frank’s research interests include atmospheric photochemistry, air quality, air pollution source attribution, aircraft instrumentation, and field experiment design.


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Kassahun Ture

Organizing Committee Member

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Assistant Professor - Center for Environmental Science Addis Ababa University

Atmospheric Physics

Research interest: Focused on field and laboratory measurements of ambient air pollutants, weather and climate forecast.