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Graduate Student Jing Yuan Wins International Poster Competition


UC Riverside Mechanical Engineering Student Wins First Place in Doctoral Student Paper/Poster International Competition

(July 8, 2003)

Jing Yuan, a Ph.D. student in the department of mechanical engineering at UC Riverside, has won first place in the Doctoral Student Paper/Poster Competition of the Air & Waste Management Association’s 96th Annual Conference & Exhibition.  (Photo credit:  Judy Chappell.)

Jing Yuan, a Ph.D. student in the department of mechanical engineering at UC Riverside, has won first place in the Doctoral Student Paper/Poster Competition of the Air & Waste Management Association’s 96th Annual Conference & Exhibition. (Photo credit: Judy Chappell.)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- (www.ucr.edu) -- Jing Yuan, a Ph.D. student in the department of mechanical engineering at UC Riverside, has won first place in the Doctoral Student Paper/Poster Competition of the Air & Waste Management Association’s 96th Annual Conference & Exhibition. The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that provides training, information, and networking opportunities to thousands of environmental professionals in 65 countries.

The award was presented to Yuan by Mr. William Spratlin, president of A&WMA, at the Student Reception and Award Ceremony on June 24, 2003, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego, Calif. A total of 62 students from around the world participated in the competition.

“It is a great honor for me to win this award,” said Yuan, “not only because the competition attracted international students to participate but also because all the subjects related to air and waste issues were involved in the competition. The first prize I won represents the highest acknowledgement from the world’s largest environmental association. I would like to thank my advisor, Dr. Akula Venkatram, for his valuable guidance and support on my research.”

For the competition, Yuan submitted a technical paper for the judges’ reviews. “Three judges were assigned to review all the paper independently,” he said. “I condensed all the information I wanted to present into a poster and gave presentations of my research to each of the judges. The final score of each paper/poster was based on 25% of paper writing, 40% of poster arrangement, and 35% of oral presentation and question answering.”

The poster is based on Yuan’s research paper: Development and Evaluation of a Dispersion Model for Source-Receptor Distances Less Than 100 Meters in Urban Environment. He and Venkatram are coauthors of the paper. “All the judges recommended that I send the paper to journals, such as Atmospheric Environment, for publication,” Yuan said. “Also, part of this research paper will be published on another conference proceeding: Guideline on Air Quality Models: The Path Forward.”

Yuan’s research focuses on urban air pollution dispersion modeling. “There is a critical need for dispersion tools that provide reliable modeling results to support the assessment of potential health impacts from exposures to air toxics from urban sources such as gasoline stations, where human receptors are typically within fifty meters from the source,” he explained. “My research responds to this need by way of developing a new dispersion model that can be used to estimate the impact of such urban sources.”

Yuan received his M.S. in environmental engineering from Tsinghua University, China, in 2001 and his B.S. in atmospheric physics and environment from Nanjing Institute of Meteorology, China, in 1995. In the past he won a 2002-2003 Excellent Student Research Paper Scholarship from the Air & Waste Management Association-West Coast Section.

Research activities within the UC Riverside Department of Mechanical Engineering include the broad areas of fluid and thermal science, design and controls, and applied mechanics and materials. The department is a strong component of the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE). BCOE is well known for its research in embedded systems and networking in computer science, for environmental sciences (e.g., low emission vehicles, air pollution research), nanotechnology and research in intelligent systems. BCOE includes three other departments: chemical & environmental engineering, computer science & engineering, and electrical engineering.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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