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Dan Loughlin

Dan Loughlin is a research environmental scientist in the US EPA Office of Research and Development, National Risk Management Laboratory, Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division, (APPCD), Atmospheric Protection Branch (APB). Dr. Loughlin earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from NC State and a B.S.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Duke University.

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Dr. Loughlin joined the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division in October 2003, having previously worked as a research scientist with MCNC’s Environmental Modeling Center and on the research faculties of the Civil Engineering Department at NC State University and the Carolina Environmental Program of UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Loughlin’s specialty area is environmental systems analysis, a multi-disciplinary field involving the study of complex systems through the integration and application of techniques from areas such as decision analysis, operations research, uncertainty analysis, statistics, data-mining, high performance computing, modeling, and economics.

For his doctoral research, Dr. Loughlin applied genetic algorithm optimization to identify cost-effective tropospheric ozone control policies. He has also served as a PI or co-PI of projects involving: identification of suboptimal emissions trading program outcomes, development of the PHOENIX modeling framework for environmental policy analysis, comparison of policies around the world for promoting recycling, evaluation of atmospheric model performance using data-mining, characterization and application of techniques for sensitivity and uncertainty analysis, and system-wide optimization of wastewater treatment plant design and operation.

Within APPCD, Dr. Loughlin is a member of the Atmospheric Protection Branch’s Technology Assessment and Co-Control Team (TACT). His roles on this team will include model development, sensitivity and uncertainty analysis, and integration of TACT’s technology assessment model into ORD’s larger program for evaluating the air quality impacts associated with climate change.

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Dr. Dan Loughlin (loughlin.dan@epa.gov)

Air and Climate Change Research | Water Research | Ecosystems Restoration Research | Land Research | Technology: Sustainable Technologies Research, Environmental Technology Verification Program (ETV), and Technology Assessments

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