V. Faye McNeill, associate professor of chemical engineering, was recently awarded the Kenneth T. Whitby Award by the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR). McNeill is being recognized for her influential research “changing the way we think about atmospheric organic chemistry, its effect on aerosol properties, and its impact on clouds and climate.” AAAR cited her extensive contributions in better understanding the heterogeneous chemistry of ice and aerosols in the atmosphere.
“I was stunned when I heard the news. AAAR is an amazing professional organization, which has felt like my intellectual home since the first annual meeting I attended,” said McNeill. “This makes receiving this award an even bigger honor. I greatly admire the past winners of this particular award and I still can't believe I have the chance to join their ranks.”
The McNeill Group at the School investigates how to improve the predictive power of atmospheric chemistry and climate models, performing laboratory and modeling studies of the complex chemistry and physics of aerosols and ice in the atmosphere to better understand how human activities impact the environment. The group has also investigated novel, lower-impact means of cleaning up oil spills.