USU researcher joins Utah Air Quality Board

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LOGAN – A Utah State University professor was recently selected to serve a four-year term on the Utah Air Quality Board. Randy Martin, who has spent the last 17 years in the university’s civil and environmental engineering department, was sworn in to the new position May 24.

“It’s certainly a big responsibility,” Martin said. “That is one of the reasons I look forward to doing it. Air quality is something that Utahns are becoming more and more aware of and willing to address. “

Martin said his job will be to serve as one of the scientific and engineering experts, where he will be advising the state in questions of air quality policy, making sure the best regulations possible exist to help the state obtain clean air.

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“That’s what I bring to the table in this air quality board,” he said. “I hope to ensure that any rules and regulations are based in science and not just gut feelings.”

He said he believes one of the biggest challenges with his new position is figuring out what the problems are, not just in Cache Valley, but in every part of the state. According to a university press release, he recently served as lead researcher in one of the largest air qualities studies ever conducted in Utah. The release also stated he is “known for his expertise of the characterization and behavior of ambient fine particulate matter .”

Martin said he will begin his duties with a board meeting on June 7.

“I’m kind of in a wait and see mode to see what happens,” he said. “It will be an exciting challenge for me.”

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