The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) has elected Clarkson University Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Thomas M. Holsen as a Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member (BCEEM). T
he AAEES certifies qualified environmental engineers recommended by peers through rigorous certification procedures. The BCEEM title is internationally recognized as the premium credential that is awarded to experienced professionals who have demonstrated expertise in environmental engineering.
Holsen, the associate director of Clarkson's Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES) has been investigating the sources and fate of pollutants emitted to the atmosphere for more than 20 years. Many of his projects, funded by Federal and State Agencies, investigate where pollutants in the atmosphere originate and, once emitted into the atmosphere, how they enter large bodies of water. He has investigated heavy metals including mercury, semivolatile organic compounds (like PAHs and PCBs) and nitrogen- and sulfur-containing compounds.
His research has shown that many pollutants originate in urban areas and can travel great distances. In June 2013, Holsen completed a four-day trip on Lake Ontario along with a team of student and faculty researchers to analyze its health. The team was looking for pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and “emerging contaminants” that could be affecting the lake’s food chain, such as fragrances used in shampoo, flame retardants, pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals.
The project is part of a $6.5 million five-year grant the Environmental Protection Agency awarded Clarkson, in partnership with SUNY Fredonia and SUNY Oswego, to conduct the Great Lakes Fish Monitoring and Surveillance Program (GLFMSP), part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.