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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Newsletter 2016

Air Quality, Health Policy Researcher Receives WSU Alumni Award

Ted Russell (center) receives award with Candis Claiborn, dean of the WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, and nominator Roger McClellan.

Ted Russell, right, receives award with Candis Claiborn, dean of the WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, and nominator Roger McClellan (Photo by Dean Hare, WSU Photo Services).

Armistead (Ted) G. Russell, an engineering researcher and professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, was recently honored with the Washington State University Alumni Association (WSUAA) Alumni Achievement Award for his work in air quality science tied to health, public policy, and sustainable development.

His research has increased understanding of trace contaminants in the air, computational modeling, air quality engineering, and health. His particular contributions are based on his ability to integrate these areas and provide information that is used in managing air quality and developing national public policy.

Russell earned his bachelor of science degree from WSU in 1979 and was named an outstanding senior in mechanical engineering. He rowed lightweight crew, was active in the student mechanical engineers chapter, and was a member of the engineering honor society.

He regularly networks with WSU faculty and students interested in air quality and has returned to the University to present seminars. He and his wife regularly provide financial support to the WSU Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

Russell’s work modeling air pollution particulates, nitrogen oxides, and ozone, and the impacts of alternative fuel use on the atmosphere has had significant societal impact. His analyses of air contaminants and health is a foundation for a modeling system recently adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The WSUAA Alumni Achievement Award was created in 1970 by the WSUAA Board of Directors to recognize alumni who have given outstanding service to WSU and made contributions to their professions and communities. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association. Of an estimated 250,000 students who have attended WSU, Russell is the 522nd Alumni Achievement Award recipient.