Catherine Koshland PhD, MS, BA

Emeritus Professor

Catherine P. Koshland is a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health, a Professor in the Energy and Resources Group, and the Wood-Calvert Professor in the College of Engineering.

Catherine P. Koshland is the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education at UC Berkeley, and the Wood-Calvert Professor in the College of Engineering. She is a professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health and a professor in the Energy and Resources Group. Professor Koshland’s research and teaching are at the intersection of air pollution, combustion, energy and public health. She has worked with graduate students in Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering as well as in Public Health and Energy and Resources. Her primary research has been focused on the analysis of pollutant formation in combustion processes including the study of fundamental chemical kinetic mechanisms for chlorinated hydrocarbons, droplet and spray combustion and the development of advanced diagnostic tools for non-intrusive monitoring of combustion species including CHCs and metals. This work was extended to the development of a gold nanoparticle films to detect mercury in air, water and soil.

In addition, she has worked with a number of students at the intersection of energy (combustion), air pollution and environmental (human) health examining exposure assessment, impacts of alternative energy systems and alternative fuels for transportation and public participation in environmental decision making. Other work was in the area of green manufacturing and industrial ecology, addressing the conception and assessment of improved technologies in energy and manufacturing that address environmental needs and the barriers to the implementation of new technologies or policies.

Awards include the Sarofim Award in 2013 presented by the International Congress on Toxic Combustion Byproducts for outstanding professional achievement in health effects engineering and environmental monitoring.

  • PhD – Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1985
  • MS – Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 1978
  • BA – Fine Arts, Haverford College, 1972
  • Attended Smith College, 1968-70, the New York Studio School, 1973-74 and Stanford University, 1975-77
  • Air toxics and combustion
  • In situ diagnostics for combustion, air toxics and nanoparticles
  • Health impacts of nanoparticles
  • Energy, technology and social and cultural impacts
  • Environmental health regulation and policy
  • Undergraduate liberal arts and engineering education