Air Pollution Issues in the Rio Grande Valley Region of South Texas

Amit U. Raysoni, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor – Air Quality
The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley

Date: 11/06/2019
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Venue: CRBL 205, College of Engineering, The University of Texas at El Paso

Abstract of the talk:

In this presentation, Dr. Raysoni will discuss the various sources of air pollution in the southern Rio Grande Valley (RGV) region of Texas. His talk will especially focus on traffic air emissions due to both local and trans-boundary vehicular activities from the states of Tamaulipas and Nueva Leon in Mexico. The RGV region also experiences periodic high air pollution episodes due to agricultural activities and the speaker will focus on this as well.

About the speaker:

Dr. Amit U. Raysoni started as an Assistant Professor in the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences from Fall 2018. He pursued his MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and Ph.D. in Environmental Science & Engineering at UTEP. He also has a second MS in Public Health from UTEP. Dr. Raysoni is an Air Quality Specialist and his research involves understanding the impact of traffic air pollution and associated respiratory health effects in elementary school children. His research work is at the intersection of environmental science, exposure assessment, and public health. Dr. Raysoni has done extensive air quality research work in the U.S.-Mexico border region, Southeast United States, and the Latin American nation of Ecuador. The cross-sector partners involved with Dr. Raysoni’s previous research work included U.S. Department of Transportation, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Emory University, The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), The University of Texas at El Paso, and Texas A & M University.

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