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Recent Clarkson University Grad Receives Dissertation Award

Recent Clarkson University graduate Xi Chen received an Air and Waste Management Association Doctoral Dissertation Award last week.

Chen, who earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering in December, placed second and won a prize of $800 for her dissertation "A Chamber Study of Secondary Organic Aerosol from Ozonolysis of Biogenic Hydrocarbons."

Chen’s faculty adviser was Prof. Philip K. Hopke.

Established by the Air and Waste Management Association’s education council in 2008, the award acknowledges up to two exceptional dissertations per year, which make an unusually significant contribution to the fields of air quality, all types of waste, or sustainability/management pertaining to air quality or waste.

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