Research Group Alumni

Former Graduate Students

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. Quazi now works for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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 for GSI Environmental.

Wei Tang
Wei Tang completed his Ph.D. in 2014. His research focused on inverse modeling of nitrogen oxide emissions incorporating satellite data. Wei is now an associate professor 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. Erin now works for Cactus Communications.

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. Wei now works for Panasonic.

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. Antara now works for Intel.

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 atmospheric modeler for the National Park Service in Colorado.

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. Beata completed her Ph.D. and served as a postdoctoral scholar and research associate at the University of Houston.

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

Dr. Daniel Cohan
Associate Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rice University
6100 Main Street MS 519
Houston, TX 77005

Phone: 713-348-5129
Office: Keck Hall 116B
Email: cohan 'at'