Importance of Collaborative and Current Research in Engaging and Motivating Students

Dr. Randal Martin

Dr. Randy Martin is a Research Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Utah State University with a joint appointment at the Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL), he also serves as an Associate Director of the Utah Climate Center and serves as a member and the Chair of the State of Utah’s Air Quality Board.  He received his B.S. in Environmental Engineering at Montana Tech in 1982 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Washington State University in 1987 and 1992, respectively.

He has been at Utah State University since the summer of 2000, prior to that he taught at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, NM.  His expertise includes air pollution photochemistry, air quality monitoring, biogenic emissions measurements, air pollution modeling, advanced oxidation processes for gaseous pollutant control, and source particulate fractionation and measurement.  His recent research interests center around the measurement and analysis of atmospheric trace species and area and mobile source emissions, most notably the characterization and behavior of ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), atmospheric ammonia concentrations and emissions, reactive hydrocarbons and related oxidation products (esp. ozone).

Additionally, Dr. Martin has conducted extensive research into particulate and gas-phase pollutants emissions from mobile sources and area sources such as confined animal feeding operations and the drying playa associated Utah’s Great Salt Lake.   Dr. Martin has also been fortunate enough be a Fulbright Flex Scholar which allowed him to spend time at An-Najah National University in Nabulus, Palestine in 2018 and 2019 and was able to reciprocally host Dr. Abdelhaleem Khader at USU’s Logan campus the following summer also thanks to the Fulbright program.  Further, Dr. Martin continues to be nationally and internationally active with USU’s Engineers Without Borders chapter.