John D. Tickle Professor Joshua Fu received the 2018 Lyman A. Ripperton Environmental Educator Award at the 111th Air and Waste Management Association Annual Conference and Exhibition in Hartford, Connecticut, on June 28.
The award recognized Fu’s education efforts related to controlling air pollution, and is named after Ripperton, a landmark researcher in environmental engineering. He pioneered studies related to hydrocarbons, automobile transmissions, pollution related to combustion, and the effect of nitrogen dioxide pollution on animals.
The Air and Waste Management Association established the honor in his memory in 1980, awarding it to faculty who have inspired students excel and those who have the ability “to teach with rigor, humor, humility, and pride.”
Fu is a leading environmental researcher whose study of carbon released by burning oil flares helped NASA solve a riddle about black carbon in the Arctic.
Additionally, his modeling of black carbon has helped the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the Arctic Council speed up research on ground-level pollution.
The Arctic Council’s Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme also recently invited Fu to take part in a study on short-lived climate pollutants.
Fu has directed projects for the US Department of Energy and Department of Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and NASA.