Dr. Andrew Grieshop, assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University, has received the Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award, known as the NSF CAREER Award, is one of the highest honors given by NSF to young faculty in science and engineering.
NSF will provide $400,000 in funding over five years to support his project, “From the kitchen to the clouds: research and teaching on the emission and evolution of aerosols from household energy use by the global poor.”
The goal of Grieshop’s project is to explore and help minimize the human health and global climate impacts of indoor biofuel use by the poor. Biofuels such as wood, coal and dung are burned by billions of people, often indoors, to cook food and heat homes. Each year, however, indoor biofuel use kills millions of people worldwide while contributing to global and regional climate impacts.
The project endeavors to build fundamental understanding of biofuel combustion emissions and how they evolve in the atmosphere. The work also aims to bridge the gap between the laboratory and household settings. The resulting knowledge and tools will support the activities of those developing and monitoring new stoves.
Grieshop received a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS in mechanical engineering and PhD in mechanical engineering and engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University.