LOGAN — Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed Randy Martin, a Utah State University research associate professor, to a four-year term on the Utah Air Quality Board. He was officially sworn into the role on May 24.
Board members are chosen for their knowledge of air pollution matters and represent specific interests, professions and industries. Martin was selected to fill the role as engineer/scientist and to provide expert opinion about air quality rules and policies.
Since joining USU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2000, Martin has completed dozens of studies and analysis of atmospheric trace species, most notably reactive hydrocarbons and related oxidation products. In recent years, Martin has become well-known for his expertise of the characterization and behavior of ambient fine particulate matter, known as PM 2.5 or PM 10.
Earlier this year, Martin served as a lead researcher in one of the largest air quality studies ever conducted in Utah. He and colleagues from the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Utah performed a major study aimed at better understanding the chemical and atmospheric conditions that contribute to Utah’s wintertime air pollution. The study involved ground-based measurement stations and a specially equipped aircraft that collected trace gases and aerosols in Salt Lake and Cache valleys.
Data from the study are still being analyzed, and Martin says he plans to present some of the findings at an upcoming conference.