Plenary Speakers

We have an exciting and diverse set of plenary speakers planned for INDOOR AIR 2018. These researchers are well established at the top of their fields within the larger indoor air or affiliated communities.

Our confirmed speakers and their biographies are:


Tina Bahadori, US Environmental Protection Agency

Dr. Tina Bahadori is the National Program Director for Human Health Risk Assessment and the Director of the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). NCEA is a leader in the science of human health and ecological risk assessment, a robust scientific process used to determine how pollutants or other stressors may impact human health and the environment.



Gail Brager, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Gail Brager has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, and is a Professor in the Building Science Program of the Dept. of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is the Director of the Center for Environmental Design Research, and the Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, an industry/university collaborative research center with over 40 industry partners from various sectors of the building industry. She has over 30 years of experience in teaching and research across multiple dimensions of sustainability addressing the design, operation, and assessment of buildings to simultaneously minimize energy consumption while enhancing indoor environmental quality. She has particular interests in thermal comfort and adaptation, occupant well-being, natural ventilation and mixed-mode buildings, and personalized environmental control.

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Geo Clausen, Technical University of Denmark

Dr. Geo Clausen is Professor at The International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy at the Technical University of Denmark. He has studied various aspects of the indoor environment such as: (1) comparative studies of the relative impact on man of the thermal environment, indoor air pollution and noise; (2) impact of air temperature and humidity on perceived air quality; and (3) dynamics in human exposure to indoor pollutants including the role of ventilation. In the last decade his research has focused on the indoor environment that children at all ages experience and the effects this has on their health, comfort, and learning.



Benjamin Cowling, University of Hong Kong

Dr. Ben Cowling is a Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the University of Hong Kong, where he is head of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. His primary research focus is in infectious disease epidemiology. His research aims to integrate information on transmission dynamics at the individual level with disease burden, severity, and dynamics at the population level. Some of his latest work has focused on the modes of respiratory virus transmission, including the potential for aerosol transmission of particular viruses. He also conducts randomized trials of influenza vaccination strategies.



Allen Goldstein, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Allen H. Goldstein is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, at the University of California, Berkeley where he served as department chair from 2007-2010. His research program encompasses anthropogenic air pollution, biosphere-atmosphere exchange of radiatively and chemically active trace gases, and development and application of novel instrumentation to investigate the organic chemistry of earth’s atmosphere. He engages in field measurement campaigns, controlled laboratory experiments, and modeling activities covering indoor, urban, rural, regional, intercontinental, and global scale studies of ozone, aerosols, and their gas phase precursors.



Linsey Marr, Virginia Tech

Dr. Linsey Marr is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research group applies a quantitative approach to track emissions, transport, transformation, and fate of gaseous and particulate pollutants. She is especially interested in emerging and non-traditional pollutants, such as engineered nanomaterials and airborne pathogens. Current research projects focus on (1) developing new models and methods for understanding airborne transmission of infectious diseases, (2) assessing the environmental impacts of engineered nanoparticles, and (3) advancing techniques for predicting the fate of semi-volatile organic compounds in the indoor environment.



Glenn Morrison, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Glenn Morrison is a Research Full Professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Past President of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). His research encompasses transport, transformations and exposure assessment of indoor chemicals. Most recent research interests include (1) dermal uptake of indoor contaminants and the influence of clothing, (2) window-opening behavior and its influence on exposure to pollutants of indoor and outdoor origin, (3) chemistry taking place at indoor interfaces.



Jordan Peccia, Yale University

Dr. Jordan Peccia is Professor of Environmental Engineering at Yale University where his lab integrates physical aerosol processes with molecular biology-based tools to understand the dynamics and sources of biological aerosols in and out of buildings. He and his students have made important contributions on how building design, operation, and occupancy impact human exposure to microbes and have revealed new associations between building microbial diversity and asthma. Peccia served on the 2017 National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine study on “Microbiomes of the Build Environment”. He is associate editor for the journal Indoor Air and a member of the board of directors for the American Association for Aerosol Research. He was inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering in 2017. Peccia is recipient of the major graduate mentoring and engineering teaching awards at Yale University.



Amy Pruden, Virginia Tech

Dr. Amy Pruden is the W. Thomas Rice Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research incorporates a microbial ecological perspective towards addressing concerns about growing public health threats, such as opportunistic pathogens and antibiotic resistance. Her current work focuses on built environment water systems, especially premise (i.e., building) plumbing and recycled water distribution systems. She is a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering and the Paul L. Busch Award for innovation in water research.



Xudong Yang, Tsinghua University

Dr. Xudong Yang has educational training and work experiences in both China and the United States. He is presently the Chang-Jiang Chair Professor and Deputy Director of the Institute of Built Environment, Department of Building Science, Tsinghua University, China. Dr. Yang’s research interests center on fundamental and practical aspects of indoor environmental quality and sustainable buildings within the following thematic areas: (1) understanding and modeling various indoor air pollutant sources and sinks; (2) developing new air pollutant control technologies for the built environment; and (3) energy intervention and environmental improvement in rural household and communities.