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Lamb to receive Anjan Bose Outstanding Researcher Award

Pullman, Wash. – Brian Lamb, Regents’ professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been named 2007 Anjan Bose Outstanding Researcher for the Washington State University College of Engineering and Architecture.

Lamb will discuss “Regional Air Quality Modeling: Short Term Forecasts and Long Range Climate Predictions” at the Anjan Bose Outstanding Researcher Lecture at 3:30 p.m., April 20, in ETRL 101 on the WSU campus.

A WSU faculty member for more than 25 years, Lamb is an international leader in the area of regional air quality research. He and his collaborators led the development of the Biogenic Emission Inventory System, which the Environmental Protection Agency adopted as a tool to address ozone problems. The system allows regulators to take into account how trees and natural organics impact pollution problems. Understanding vegetation’s role is also important in understanding the role and interaction of natural and human emissions in climate change.

Lamb’s research group also developed one of the first numerical air quality forecast systems in the nation. The system, which operates on a daily basis in the Pacific Northwest, was developed originally to measure and predict the movement of emissions of ozone, carbon monoxide and fine particulate matter that affect human health. It has recently been enhanced to automatically include wildfire pollutant emissions and for the first time can predict transport and dispersion of smoke and other pollutants from fires. The information has been heavily used by state and federal agencies for developing air quality control plans.

He has published more than 110 peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters. His work, particularly on biogenic trace gas emissions, is often cited. Lamb has mentored 15 doctorate and 25 master’s students. In 2005 he was named a WSU Regents’ Professor.

“Brian Lamb is a highly successful researcher, internationally recognized and respected by his peers, and he has sustained a level of research productivity that is exemplary,’’ said Dave McLean, chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “His contributions to our understanding of biogenic emissions to air quality and to global climate change cannot be overstated. Dr. Lamb has, without a doubt, greatly contributed to WSU’s international reputation.’’

The Anjan Bose Outstanding Researcher Award was created by the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and Architecture along with friends and alumni to honor Anjan Bose for his service to the college as dean. To acknowledge Bose’s support of faculty scholarship and to honor his internationally renowned reputation for research, the award annually recognizes and rewards the top faculty researcher in the college.

The Bose lecture is part of the College of Engineering and Architecture’s annual Open House, scheduled for April 19-20.

In addition to the lecture, activities will include graduate research posters and demonstrations; undergraduate senior design presentations; and student club displays. Events will be held throughout the engineering buildings, Sloan, Dana and the Engineering, Teaching, and Research Laboratory.

Some of the presentations and events include April 19, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the “School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Extravaganza,” at the Engineering Complex.

The “Extravaganza” will include the EECS Senior Design Poster Displays and Preview; the EECS Student Club Projects on Display; and tours of research laboratories in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. On Friday, April 20, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., the Engineering Complex will host the ”School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Student Day, ” which will include prizes for Best Posters in Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research, displays from student clubs in mechanical and materials engineering and a barbecue.

For more information and for a complete schedule, go to www.cea.wsu.edu/openhouse2007.

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