AQMEL research centers on developing and applying advanced air quality modeling and data fusion approaches to characterize air pollution in the United States. These advanced approaches are used to answer questions related to community-scale exposure and source characterization.
Dr. Cesunica Ivey is an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley and the principal investigator of the Air Quality Modeling and Exposure Lab. She earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics at the University of Nevada Reno through 2017 and was also a visiting scientist at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in the spring of 2018. She is an emerging leader in the areas of regional air quality modeling and its applications and community-scale air pollution exposure assessment. Her research interests lie at the nexus of air pollution science and engineering and environmental justice. She works in partnership with community organizations across California to prevent over-industrialization of already overburdened neighborhoods. She recently served on a panel at a public hearing for the congressional Environmental Justice for All Act, sponsored by the U.S. Democratic Natural Resources Committee to support the regulation of cumulative burdens in impacted communities. In recognition of her advocacy for frontline communities of the e-commerce supply chain expansion in inland Southern California, she was selected as a member of the American Chemical Society Chemical and Engineering News’ Talented 12 2021 class and a 2022 Women in Science Incentive Prize winner by The Story Exchange.
- 2008: B.S. Mathematics, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, GA
- 2010: B.S. Civil Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
- 2011: M.S. Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
- 2016: Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA