KRISTEN E. BROWN, PH.D.
I am an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas San Antonio. My research focuses on air quality and emissions from the full energy life cycle. Much of my work is computational, but I also conduct field measurement as well.
I was previously an environmental engineer at the US EPA in the Office of Research and Development in North Carolina. I earned a PhD from the Environmental Engineering department at CU Boulder under Daven Henze and Jana Milford as part of the Collaborative for Air Quality Research.
My research is motivated by the goal of working toward more efficient, less polluting energy generation and consumption that improves quality of life. My research combines the MARKAL, TIMES, CMAQ, and BenMAP models to evaluate the effect of possible technology and policy scenarios on future US energy, air quality, and human health.
I consider energy broadly, investigating the effect of changes in electricity generation as well as end uses such as transportation choices, household efficiency measures, and consumer demand. I model the emissions to air of criteria pollutants and greenhouse gases as well as the atmospheric chemistry and transport of pollution. This air quality information informs the evaluation of human health benefits of energy choices.