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Your Environment. Your Health.

Catherine P. Koshland, Ph.D.

10 June 2004

Dr. Catherine P. Koshland is currently the Wood-Calvert Professor in Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and Professor in Energy and Resources and in Public Health (Environmental Health Sciences). She received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1985. Professor Koshland's research is at the intersection of energy, air pollution and environmental (human) health. It is conducted at multiple scales, from mechanistic analyses of combustion products in flow reactors to control strategies in urban airsheds. Her combustion research has focused on pollutant formation particularly involving chlorinated hydrocarbons and particulates, and the development of advanced diagnostic tools for non-intrusive monitoring of combustion species including chlorinated hydrocarbons, metals and particles. She has worked in green manufacturing and industrial ecology, addressing the conception and assessment of environmental and health dimensions to improve energy and manufacturing technologies. Her work includes critical assessments of regulatory policy.


On June 10, 2004, Dr. Koshland came to NIEHS as part of the SBRP Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series. After her seminar, Dr. Koshland was interviewed by the Program Analysis Branch of the Division of Extramural Research and Training. Following are the details of that interview.


What initially attracted you to a career in science and engineering?

How did you career develop?


Was your engineering background a good match for the needs of the School of Public Health at Berkeley? 


Has the multidisciplinary nature of the Superfund Basic Research Program led you into new fields of research and new opportunities? 


What do you think is your most important or exciting discovery? 


When you have an opportunity to interact with non-scientists, how do you describe the importance of your work and its implications in their daily lives? 


What factors do you use to motivate young people into exploring careers in science and engineering? 


What motivates you as a scientist and mentor? 


Who have been the most influential people in your career? 


If you were starting your career over, what new field of science or engineering would you find most interesting?

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