Research Group Alumni

Former Graduate Students

Lina Luo

Lina Luo completed her Ph.D. in 2023, modeling emissions of reactive nitrogen air pollutants and greenhouse gases from soils. Dr. Luo is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Quazi Rasool

Quazi Rasool completed his Ph.D. in 2018. His thesis research developed parametric and mechanistic models of the emissions of reactive nitrogen species from soils. Quazi earlier received his M.S. degree from India Institute of Technology - Kanpur. Dr. Rasool is now a research scientist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.

Brian Strasert

Brian Strasert completed his M.S. in 2017, modeling the air quality and health impacts of power plant emissions in Texas. Brian earlier received his B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Rice University. Brian now works as an environmental engineer for Bay West LLC.

Wei Tang

Wei Tang completed his Ph.D. in 2014. His research focused on inverse modeling of nitrogen oxide emissions incorporating satellite data. Dr. Tang is now an associate professor and the director of the Center for Air Quality Modeling and Forecasting at the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences.

Benjamin Lash

Benjamin Lash completed his M.S. in 2014. His research focused on modeling soil nitrogen.

Erin Chavez-Figueroa

Erin Chavez-Figueroa completed her M.S. in 2015. Her research focused on emissions of biogenic hydrocarbons from vegetation. 

Wei Zhou

Wei Zhou completed his Ph.D. in 2013. His research focused on modeling of ozone formation from power plant plumes and on dynamic evaluation of ozone responsiveness to emissions trends. Dr. Zhou is now a software engineer at TikTok.

Antara Digar

Antara Digar completed her Ph.D. in 2012. Her research focused on characterizing the uncertainty of atmospheric response to emissions changes and associated health impacts. Dr. Digar is now a global environmental program manager for Meta.

Hannah Vincent

Hannah Vincent completed her MCEE in 2022. Her capstone research project focused on the complementarity of wind and solar power in New York. Hannah now works as an environmental advisor for BP.

Former Postdoctoral Research Associates and Research Scientists

Xue Xiao

Dr. Xue Xiao was a postdoctoral research associate whose research focused on inverse modeling incorporating satellite data with air quality modeling.

Rui Zhang

Dr. Rui Zhang was a postdoctoral research associate whose research focused on developing approaches to integrate satellite data with biogenic emissions models and atmospheric models to characterize the biogenic and anthropogenic influences on air quality as well as human health. He completed his Ph.D in Applied Mathematics at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2010 and worked as a research associate in the Laboratory for Atmospheric Research at Washington State University from 2011-2014. Dr. Zhang now works as an air quality specialist for the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Beata Czader

Dr. Beata Czader was a Research Scientist specializing in atmospheric modeling and chemical mechanisms. Her research focused on high-order sensitivity analysis of ozone and particulate matter response to emission controls, and on emissions of methane and ethane in the Houston region. Dr. Czader completed her Ph.D. and served as a postdoctoral scholar and research associate at the University of Houston, and now works as an air quality scientist for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Adetutu Aghedo

Dr. Adetutu Aghedo was a postdoctoral research associate whose research focused on atmospheric modeling of ozone and particulate matter. She received her Ph.D. from Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and was a Caltech postdoctoral research associate with the Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer group.

Yue Liu

Dr. Yue Liu was a visiting scholar supported by a China Scholarship Council fellowship.

Former Undergraduate Students

Raleigh Ricart, Carlos Rojo, Kirti Datla, Kyle Saari, Daniel Hodges-Copple, Oviea Akpotaire, Seoyeon Hong, Andrew Pegues, Catherine Douglass, Willie Xu, Lance Le, Kavita Venkateswar, Chris Chan, Rebecca Hyde, Komal Bansal, Shayak Sengupta, Ran Chen, Lun (Allen) Li, Elizabeth Piña, Amanda MacDonald, Fariha Rashid, Nicole Moes, Katherine Zoellmer, Vincent Gonzales, Tim Thomas III, Joanna Slusarewicz, Zach Rewolinski, Anthony Nguyen, James Li, Gabriel Meriano, Diego de la Fuente, Robin MacDonald, Lynn Niu, Amy Jiang, Winnie Louh, Yunseo Choi, Sarah Salvatore, George Lyu, Ricky Morse, Anusha Srivastava, Samantha Wibawa

Dr. Daniel Cohan
Associate Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rice University
6100 Main Street MS 318
Houston, TX 77005

Phone: 713-348-5129
Office: Ryon 209
Email: cohan 'at'