Dr. John Volckens is a professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Center for Energy Development and Health at Colorado State University (CSU). He holds affiliate appointments in Environmental Health, Biomedical Engineering, the Colorado School of Public Health, and the CSU Energy Institute. His research interests involve air quality, low-cost sensors, aerosol technology, and air pollution-related disease.
He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Vermont and MS, PhD degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then went on to a Postdoctoral position at the U.S. EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC. At CSU, he pioneered the development of several new sensor technologies – resulting in three recent patents. His air sampling technology has been deployed aboard the International Space Station and is currently being used to assess human exposure to air pollution in the largest human/environmental health study in the history of mankind (PURE-AIR). Dr. Volckens is the recipient of the ‘Best Paper’ award from the American Industrial Hygiene Association (1999, 2017) and the Journal of Indoor Air (2013). He has published over 80 manuscripts related to exposure science, aerosol technology, and air pollution-related disease and has been the principal investigator for over $10M in funded research from the US EPA, NIH, CDC, and NASA since 2007.
He is a co-founder of Access Sensor Technologies ($3M in revenue since 2014), a spinout company started through his research collaborations at Colorado State University. He is a founding member of the CSU Partnership for Air Quality, Climate, and Health – an organization that seeks to develop practical, science-vetted solutions to intertwined problems of air quality, climate, and health that we face as a society.
aerosol and particulate science, environmental health, environmental impacts of energy systems, citizen science, low-cost environmental monitoring technology