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Vivian Faye McNeill

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Dept of Chemical Engineering


V. Faye McNeill is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University, where she is the Chair of the Undergraduate Committee. She is also an associate member of the Earth Institute Faculty. She joined Columbia in 2007 and received tenure in 2014.  She received her B.S. in Ch.E. from Caltech in 1999 and her PhD in Ch.E. from MIT in 2005, where she was a NASA Earth System Science Fellow. From 2005-2007 she was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Washington Department of Atmospheric Sciences. She received the NSF CAREER and the ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator awards in 2009.  She was the recipient of the Kenneth T. Whitby Award of AAAR in 2015 and the Mellichamp Emerging Leaders lecturer at UCSB in 2018. She is the Associate Editor in charge of Atmospheric Chemistry for ACS Earth and Space Chemistry.  She was a co-editor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics from 2007-2017. She has served in multiple elected officer positions in AIChE, AAAR, and AGU. She is an appointed member of the IUPAC panel on kinetic data evaluation and the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement.

McNeill’s research focuses on the fundamentals of multiphase processes in the atmosphere, including formation pathways of particulate matter from pollutant gases.  In her role as principal investigator of the Clean Air Toolbox for Cities project she is conducting solutions-oriented field work on to improve air pollution in cities in India and Africa.

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