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Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Staff

Surender M. Kaushik

Title: Supervisory Physical Scientist

EPA Division: Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Division

EPA Branch: Process Modeling Research Branch

Surender’s research interests are in the areas of ambient air methods and measurements, analytical chemistry, and atmospheric chemistry processes of pollutants. He has led NERL’s efforts in updating the ambient air reference methods for lead, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide for implementation of the NAAQS. As branch chief, Surender facilitates/participates in research projects on computational and experimental study of gas and particle phase chemistry processes for providing input to air quality models including CMAQ. Previously, he has worked on research projects involving chemical kinetics of oscillating reactions, desulfurization and demineralization of coal, and compatibility of materials with rocket fuels and oxidizers.


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India, 1980
  • M.S., Chemistry, Kurukshetra University, India, 1975
  • B.S., Chemistry and Physics, Panjab University, India, 1973

Professional Experience:

  • Supervisory Physical Scientist, USEPA, ORD, NERL- HEASD, Research Triangle Park, NC 2010-present
  • Physical Scientist, USEPA, ORD, NERL-HEASD, Research Triangle Park, NC 2007-2010
  • QA Manager, ICF, U.S. EPA Region 9 Laboratory, Richmond, CA 2001-2007
  • Principal Scientist, Lockheed Martin, USEPA Region 9, San Francisco, CA 1997-2001
  • Principal Scientist, Lockheed Martin, USEPA, NERL, Las Vegas, NV 1994-1997
  • Principal Scientist, Lockheed Martin, NASA White Sands Test Facility, Las Cruces, NM 1991-1994
  • Research Scientist, Center for Explosives Technology Research, Socorro, NM 1987-1991
  • Research Associate, U.S. DOE, Ames Laboratory, ISU, Ames, IA 1985-1987
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 1983-1984
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada 1982-1983

Select Awards and Honors:

  • ORD Honor Award for Exceptional/Outstanding ORD Technical Assistance, 2010
  • USEPA Bronze medal for commendable service and outstanding technical support, 2009
  • USEPA Incentive Recognition for Significant Contribution to Projects, 2008
  • NASA Tech Brief Award, NASA Inventions and Contribution Board, 1993
  • US DOE Inventors Recognition Award, 1989

Select Presentations:

  • J. Thornburg, R. Vanderpool, B. Grover, and S. Kaushik, 2009. “Real-Time Measurement of Coarse Particulate Matter Concentrations at Multiple Locations in Birmingham, Alabama”, AAAR 28th National Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
  • G. Robertson, D. Dandge, S. M. Kaushik, and D. Heweston, 1995. “A Method for Estimating Batch Precision from Surrogate Recoveries”, 11th Annual Waste Testing and Quality Assurance Symposium, U.S. EPA and ACS Meeting, Washington, DC.
  • D. D. Davis, N. B. Martin, S. M. Kaushik, D. L. Naud, and R. L. Bunker, 1993. “Metal Catalysis of the Heterogeneous Decomposition of Monomethylhydrazine Studied by Accelerated Rate Calorimetry”, JANNAF Propellant Development and Characterization Meeting, Livermore, CA.

Select Publications:

  • R. Vanderpool, S. Kaushik, and M. Houyoux; “Laboratory Determination of Particle Deposition Uniformity on Filters Collected Using Federal Reference Method Samplers”, Federal Register, 2008.
  • C. D. Chriswell, N. D. Shah, S. M. Kaushik, and R. Markuszewski, 1989; “Chemical Cleaning of Coal by Molten Caustic Leaching after Pretreatment by Low Temperature Devolatilization”, Fuel Processing Technology, 22, 25.
  • S. M. Kaushik, R. L. Rich, and R. M. Noyes, 1985; “Quantitative Characterization of an Experimental System”, J. Phys. Chem. 89, 5722.

Published & Presented Research (1999-Present)

Contact Info:
Surender Kaushik
Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
US EPA Office of Research and Development
109 TW Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: 919-541-5691
Email: kaushik.surender@epa.gov

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