Adel Hanna

EDUCATION: Ain Shams University Mathematics B.S. 1966 Cairo University Meteorology M.S. 1977 Colorado State University Atmospheric SciPh.D 1982 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Research Professor, Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development, Institute for the Environment, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (2003-present) Director, Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) Center (2003-present) Research Professor and Director, Center for Environmental Modeling for Policy Development, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (2006-present) Adjunct Professor, North Carolina State University (1990-present) Chief Scientist, MCNC–Environmental Modeling Center (1992-2002) Research Manager, Computer Sciences Corporation (1990-1992) Research Meteorologist, Research Triangle Institute (1985-1990) Scientist, Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (1983-1985) Research Associate, Colorado State University (1982-1983 Research Assistant, Colorado State University (1978-1982) Research Scientist, Meteorological Institute for Research and Training (1970-1978) Meteorologist, Meteorological Department (1967-1971)


Sarav Arunachalam

Dr. Sarav Arunachalam, is a Research Associate Professor with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment and Adjunct Associate Professor at the UNC Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (B.Tech in Chemical Engineering, Anna University, India: M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Rutgers University, NJ, USA). Dr. Arunachalam has performed interdisciplinary research collaborating with experts from atmospheric science, environmental engineering, transportation and land use planning, risk analyses and environmental economists and public policy. Dr. Arunachalam is an international expert air quality modeler with extensive experience in developing modeling applications using local-to-regional-to-global scale models, and more recently leads the development of web-based reduced-form models to study near-source air pollution and exposures, due to traffic-related, airport- and seaport-related emissions. Dr. Arunachalam has served as the Software Development Coordinator for UNC’s Community Modeling and Analysis System (CMAS) Center since 2003, and develops and offers CMAQ and BenMAP training to an U.S. as well as worldwide audience. He currently directs a U.S. DOT funded Aviation Sustainability Center of Excellence (ASCENT) at UNC to study aviation impacts on air quality at local to global scales, and the environmental benefits of using alternate jet fuels. Dr. Arunachalam has published extensively, and given nearly 200 presentations. His research has been recognized by the FAA and the U.S. EPA with multiple awards.


Uma Shankar

Ph.D. Environmental Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, dissertation in progress
M.N.E. Nuclear Engineering North Carolina State University, 1986
M.S. Physics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979
B.S. Physics & Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1975


Bok H. Baek

Dr. Baek has been working for UNC-Institute for the Environment as Research Associate and a main SMOKE modeling system developer over 10 years. He has been also supporting emission modeling and conducting trainings for SMOKE modeling system for the international and domestic air quality community. Along with developing and conducting trainings for the SMOKE modeling system, he is also the senior emissions modeler and project manager on the EPA OAQPS Emissions, a multi-year, multi-contractor level of effort contract where he manages work ranging from software development to emissions modeling, emissions data generation, and other air quality-related researches with EPA Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and U.S. Forest Service (USFS). These opportunities allow him to develop various interface programs that allow users to process their own 3rd party emissions models through the SMOKE modeling system. The 3rd party models are (1) the Satellite Mapping Automated Reanalysis Tool for Fire Incident Reconciliation (SMARTFIRE) framework for wildfire emissions, (2) the FAA’s Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT) and Emissions and Dispersion Modeling System (EDMS) and A for airport emissions, and (3) the U.S. EPA Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) for mobile emissions. Last few years, he also has been managing the EMF (Emissions Modeling Framework) development at U.S. EPA that currently is a main emission modeling support system in U.S. EPA which provides data management and integrated quality control processes to ensure high quality of emissions results, data handling, organization of data, tracking of emissions modeling efforts, and real-time accessibility to information. Dr. Baek also has extensive experiences in air quality monitoring field especially focusing on NH3, and GHG emissions measurements from various Confined Animal Facility Operators (CAFOs) and agricultural sources prior to become a SMOKE model developer.


Prashant Kumar

Prashant is a Reader (a UK rank between Associate Professor/Professor) at University of Surrey. His research focuses on urban air pollution, wind flows and pollutants dispersion and exposure assessment in urban areas. He has authored 110 journal articles, with 2200 citations, H-index 25 and i10-index 52 (as on 18.10.2016). Prashant is an Executive Editor for the ‘Journal of Civil & Environmental Engineering’, and an editorial board member of 8 International Journals including ‘Science of the Total Environment’. Further information about his research activities can be found on his webpage:


Yang Zhang

Dr. Zhang is a Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Iowa and a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University, China. Her research interests include air pollution modeling and assessment, atmospheric chemistry and transport, cloud/aerosol chemistry and microphysics, sensitivity and uncertainty analysis, interactions among chemistry, meteorology, and climate change, impacts of climate extremes on air quality and public health, and earth system modeling.


Barron H. Henderson

Professional Experience * Oct 2016 – present, Physical Scientist, United States Environmental Protection Agency * Oct 2016 – present, Graduate Faculty (courtesy), University of Florida * July 2012 – Oct 2016, Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering Sciences, University of Florida * 2011 – 2012, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency * 2008 – 2011, Post-Graduate Research Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency * 2005 – 2011, Graduate Student Researcher, University of North Carolina * 2007 summer, Advanced Science Program Physical Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research * 2002 – 2005, Environmental Application Developer, Woodard and Curran Education * Ph.D. Environmental Science and Engineering, University of North Carolina (2011) * M.S. Environmental Science and Engineering, University of North Carolina (2008) * B.A. Biology w/ Minor in Environmental Studies, Austin College (2001) Full Curriculum Vitae, including over 20 peer reviewed articles, 9 reports, and many conference proceedings available at

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