Dr. Richard L. Corsi

Hidden Connections - Indoor air quality and the unseen, often complex factors that define it

Name: Richard L. Corsi
Date: Friday, November 18th
Time: 3:15 pm - 4:05 pm
Place: EB 92
Affiliation: The University of Texas at Austin

From infancy to twilight years, the quality of air that we breathe and surfaces that we touch in buildings has a dominant impact on our lifetime exposure to harmful chemical and biological agents.  Yet, relative to other environmental issues and despite growing public demands, indoor air (or environmental) quality receives relatively little attention by regulators, educators, architects, engineers, or others.  This presentation will involve a discussion of the importance of indoor air quality and the complexity of building systems that make it worthy of significantly greater study.  Several examples will be given to highlight “hidden” (often not acknowledged or known) connections between building-related factors and sorptive interactions, surface and air chemistry, and microbiology in buildings.  This presentation is intended to motivate others to consider research related to indoor environmental science and engineering, and to plants seeds for future educational and research efforts related to indoor air quality.

Richard L. Corsi is Chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and holds the Joe J. King Chair in Engineering #2.  He is a Distinguished Alumnus of Humboldt State University (2006) and of the College of Engineering at UC Davis (2016).  Dr. Corsi’s research focuses on sources, fate, human exposure and innovative control strategies related to indoor air quality. In recent years his team has focused significantly on indoor ozone chemistry and the nexus of building energy conservation and indoor air quality.  He currently oversees a large grant to study indoor air quality in high schools and to develop low cost solutions to related problems for school districts.  In 2015 Dr. Corsi was inducted into the prestigious University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers, and in 2016 he received a Regents Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System.