Colorado State University Professor Elected Head of International Aerosol Research Organization

Colorado State University atmospheric science professor Sonia Kreidenweis recently was elected to a four-year leadership position in the American Association for Aerosol Research. Kreidenweis will serve as vice president-elect of AAAR from October 2002 through September 2003, then subsequent one-year terms as vice president, president and past president.

The AAAR is an international organization serving aerosol scientists working in a number of areas including pharmaceuticals, health effects, basic aerosol physical and chemical sciences, instrumentation development and atmospheric aerosol research. Throughout her time in office, Kreidenweis will focus on increasing the visibility of AAAR and ensuring the organization’s place as an internationally recognized leader in aerosol research and applications.

"I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to help lead this dynamic organization," Kreidenweis said. "During my tenure, I will work to increase the organization’s membership and influence and continue to attract the most outstanding aerosol scientists from a broad range of disciplines."

Kreidenweis joined the Colorado State atmospheric science department in the fall of 1991 to initiate and head a new atmospheric chemistry program. The program supports a core of introductory and advanced courses in atmospheric chemistry, aerosol physics and air pollution.

Her research interests focus on the role of aerosols in global chemical cycles, the effects of aerosols on visibility and the influence of aerosols on the Earth’s radiation budget and climate.

Founded in 1982, the AAAR is a nonprofit professional organization for scientists and engineers who wish to promote and communicate technical advances in the field of aerosol research. The organization has grown to more than 800 academic, government and industry professionals from around the world.