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Emma Aronson, associate professor, microbiology & plant pathology
Emma Aronson is a distinguished researcher and educator specializing in the diversity and functions of soil microorganisms and their role in carbon consumption. Her groundbreaking work focuses on studying soil microbes that consume methane and carbon dioxide, exploring how human activities can enhance their carbon consumption capabilities. As an expert in environmental microbiology and microbial ecology, Aronson's research sheds light on the vital contributions of these microorganisms to carbon cycling and climate regulation. Alongside her research, she teaches Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology, inspiring students to delve into the fascinating world of soil microorganisms. With notable awards and a substantial publication record in environmental science, Aronson's expertise and dedication contribute to advancing our understanding of soil microorganisms and their crucial role in mitigating climate change.
Mihri Ozkan, professor of electrical and computer engineering and climate action champion professor
Mihri Ozkan is committed to green energy technologies and to sustainable systems. Key objectives are partnerships on green energy, sustainable manufacturing, and zero emission vehicles to develop, apply and disseminate knowledge; test theories; and address economic, social, educational, environmental and technological issues. Ozkan's specific goals as Climate Champion are: increasing revenue for community-based or applied green energy research projects; achieving national recognition as a community-engaged research university engaged in campus projects related to "green energy" and "sustainability"; and improving local community relationships through increased responsiveness to requests for partnerships. She hass written multiple publications related to the subjects of carbon removal and different ways of capturing CO2.
Direct air capture of CO2: A response to meet the global climate targets
Current status and pillars of direct air capture technologies
Progress in carbon dioxide capture materials for deep decarbonization
The status and prospects of materials for carbon capture technologies
Materials for Carbon-Capture Technologies