Dr. Sonia Kreidenweis
Professor Kreidenweis joined the Colorado State University Department of Atmospheric Science in the Fall of 1991 to initiate and head the new Atmospheric Chemistry Program. The Program supports a core of introductory and advanced courses in Atmospheric Chemistry, Aerosol Physics, and Air Pollution; teaching and research laboratories for gas-, aqueous-, and particle-phase measurements; and associated research programs focusing on aerosol characterization, aerosol-cloud interactions, cloud microphysics, cloud modification, and instrument development. Professor Kreidenweis received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Before coming to CSU, she held a faculty position in the Department of Chemical Engineering at San Jose State University, where she was awarded the Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award in two consecutive years for her accomplishments in research and teaching. She has also served as a consultant to the Atmospheric and Geophysical Sciences Division of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She received the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 1993, the CSU Engineering Dean's Council Award in 1995; an USRA/Goddard Space Flight Center Visiting Fellow Award in 1999; and the George T. Abell Outstanding Tsaching and Service Faculty Award in 2008. She has served on numerous scientific panels, including committee service for the National Academy of Science. Her research interests focus on the nature and behavior of particulate matter in the atmosphere, including the role of aerosols in global chemical cycles, effects of aerosols on visibility, the influence of aerosols on the Earth's radiation budget and climate, and the relationship between aerosols and cloud microphysical properties.