Thomas Holsen, the Jean S. Newell Distinguished Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering in Clarkson University’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering and Co-Director of The Center for Air Resources Engineering and Sciences (CARES) was recently awarded Clarkson’s Lifetime Research Achievement Award.
The Lifetime Research Achievement Award is granted annually to recognize research by a tenured faculty member who is recognized internationally for a body of work that exemplifies the highest level of research accomplishment and has made a significant impact on their chosen field of study.
Holsen's research interests include determining the sources, movement, transformations, and the fate of environmental pollutants including emerging contaminants of concern (for example pharmaceuticals, personal care products, flame retardants, and mercury) in a wide array of environmental systems including the Adirondacks and the Great Lakes. Of particular interest is pollutant exchange (wet deposition, dry deposition, and air-surface/air-water exchange) between Earth's surface and the atmosphere. He also has several research grants investigating novel water treatment approaches for difficult to treat contaminants.
Holsen's current projects are funded at over $2 million/year by both state and federal Agencies and include the Great Lakes Fish Monitoring and Surveillance Program: Pushing the Science; Combined In Situ / Ex Situ Treatment Train for Remediation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Contaminated Groundwater; and Enhanced Contact Electrical Discharge Plasma Reactor: An Effective Technology to Degrade Per and Poly Fluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS).
Holsen is a Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. He has served on U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board committees and the board of the International Association of Great Lakes Researchers. He has more than 180 journal publications and supervised 27 Ph.D. students and 30 MS students.
He received his Bachelor of Science degree in environmental sciences and his Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.