Gregory Carmichael has a BS, MS, and PhD in chemical engineering and has done extensive research related to air quality and its environmental impacts. He is currently the Karl Kammermeyer professor of chemical and biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa and director of the University of Iowa Informatics Initiative, a cross-campus activity focused on big data, for which 25 new faculty positions have been created and more than 200 affiliate faculty and staff are engaged. Professor Carmichael is also co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (a large interdisciplinary center with 100+ faculty). He served as associate dean for graduate studies and research for the College of Engineering from 2002 to 2014.
Professor Carmichael’s research is focused on air pollution and climate change, for which he uses comprehensive computer models and big data to simulate the interactions of air pollutants with weather and climate, to estimate resulting environmental impacts, and to evaluate effectiveness of various air pollution and climate change mitigation strategies. He has authored or co-authored over 340 scientific publications as well as six books and monographs. His studies have led to a greater appreciation and understanding of the importance of long-range transport of pollutants within Asia and across the Pacific Ocean. His work has also explored the importance of dust on atmospheric chemistry, and this work has helped to stimulate laboratory as well as large-scale field experiments. Most recently, his work has focused on the role of black carbon (BC) in the atmosphere and its dual role as an air pollutant and climate warming agent.
Professor Carmichael is an active instructor and advisor, having supervised 35 MS and 40 PhD students. He has received numerous awards, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineer’s Lawrence K. Cecil Award for outstanding chemical engineering contributions and achievement in the preservation or improvement of the environment; Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Hall of Distinction; University of Kentucky College of Engineering Alumni Award; Iowa Board of Regents Faculty Excellence Award; International Atmospheric Science and Application to Air Quality Research Recognition Award; Iowa State University Professional Progress Award; and Iowa State University Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Professor Carmichael serves on numerous international advisory boards related to climate and atmospheric science, including NASA’s Earth Science Subcommittee and the scientific steering committee, which he chairs, for the environmental programs at the UN World Meteorological Organization.