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Jeffrey Collett named head of Atmospheric Science

August 1, 2011

Jeffrey Collett, a professor within the College of Engineering, has been named head of the Department of Atmospheric Science.

Taking over the graduate programJeffrey Collett

The College of Engineering at Colorado State University has named Jeffrey Collett the new head of the Department of Atmospheric Science.

Collett, a professor within the department for nearly 17 years, leads a graduate program that enrolls about 85 master’s and doctoral students each year and employs 16 faculty and about 60 research staffers. Dick Johnson, former head of the department, has returned to the faculty and research projects.

Leading academic research

Collett’s research focuses on atmospheric chemistry and air quality with an emphasis on cloud processing of pollutants; the transport, transformation, and deposition of nitrogen-containing air pollutants; air quality impacts of wild and prescribed fires; and development of new approaches for characterizing the chemical composition of atmospheric particles.  Collett’s research group is active worldwide in field measurements of air quality and atmospheric chemistry, with recent projects in China, Chile, Germany and the U.S. 

His research has been supported by sponsors including the National Science Foundation, National Park Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Joint Fire Science Program, National Institutes of Health, U.S Department of Agriculture, NASA, the State of California, the Lake Michigan Air Directors’ Consortium, and the Shell Exploration and Production Company.

Collett received his master’s and doctorate degrees in Environmental Engineering Science from the California Institute of Technology in 1985 and 1989. Collett completed his postdoctoral work at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

One of CSU's scholarly programs

The Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State has been designated by the university as a Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence. A 2010 assessment of research-doctorate programs by the National Research Council placed the department among the nation’s top programs in Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. 

The department is home to one of only a dozen University Distinguished Professors - Tom Vonder Haar. Researchers in the department spearheaded one of the very few university-led NASA Earth Science missions with the 2006 launch of CloudSat, the world's first cloud-profiling radar in orbit. A current project is the Center for Multiscale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes (CMMAP), a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center.

Vist the Department of Atmospheric Science for more information.