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Clarkson University’s Hopke Steps Down As Epa Committee Chair

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Philip K. Hopke, Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor and Director of Clarkson’s Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science, was honored recently by the Environmental Protection Agency for his work as chair of the EPA Clean Air Science Advisory Committee.

Michael Levitt, administrator of the EPA, presented Hopke with a plaque and thanked him on behalf of the EPA for his four-year-long committee leadership. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Science Advisory Board in Washington.epahopke

The Clean Air Science Advisory Committee (CASAC) is the statutory committee that provides advice to the EPA Administrator and Congress on major air pollution issues, primarily focused on criteria pollutants. CASAC is responsible for reviewing the scientific basis for air quality standards covering the major pollutants (particles, ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and lead).  During Hopke’s tenure as CASAC chair, the committee reviewed the problem of airborne particulate matter regulations and the overall EPA ambient air-quality management strategy.

Hopke, an internationally renowned expert on airborne pollution, also recently received the prestigious David Sinclair Award from the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR), the world’s largest professional society for scientists and engineers working in aerosol science and technology. The David Sinclair Award recognizes sustained excellence in aerosol research and technology by an established scientist still active in his/her career. The recipient’s research must also be recognized as making a lasting impact on aerosol science.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is an independent university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business and the sciences. Its academically rigorous, collaborative culture involves 2,700 undergraduates and 400 graduate students in hands-on team projects, multidisciplinary research, and real-world challenges. Many faculty members achieve international recognition for their scholarship and research, and teaching is a priority at every level.  For more information, visit

PHOTO CAPTION:  Clarkson University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering Philip K. Hopke (L) receives a plaque and thank you from EPA Administrator Michael Levitt for  chairing the EPA Clean Air Science Advisory Committee (CASAC). The committee advises the EPA and Congress on air pollution issues. Hopke completed a four-year term as chairman.
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