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John Volckens, Ph.D.

Affiliate Faculty
Occupational and Environmental Health

Dr. Volckens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at CSU

Office: 306 Scott Bioengineering Building
Office Phone: 970-491-6341



Volckens Research Group

Dr. Volckens' PubMed Publications


Dr. John Volckens joined the mechanical engineering department as an Associate Professor. He also directs the Center for Energy Development and Health within the Energy Institute at Colorado State University. His research interests involve combustion science, aerosol technology, and air pollution-related disease. He earned a BS in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont in 1996 and MS and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999 and 2003, respectively. He then went on to a Postdoctoral position at the U.S. EPA's National Exposure Research Laboratory in Research Triangle Park, NC. In 2004 he joined the faculty of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences at Colorado State University, where he still holds a courtesy appointment. In his work as CSU he pioneered the development of several new sensor technologies -- resulting in two recent patent applications. He and his wife Amy enjoy living in Old Town Fort Collins (and the adventures that come with living in a 123 year-old house!) and recently celebrated the birth of their first child, Josephine, in 2014.

Research and Teaching Statement 

Engineering research in the field of public health has received growing attention in recent years, due to the recognition that the environment plays a large role in the development of disease. Indeed, many of the great public health advances in the last two centuries were driven by engineering discoveries. Today, the national and global need for public and environmental health engineers is greater than ever. As a teacher, I hope to develop the next generation of innovative leaders armed with the interdisciplinary skills needed to solve today’s complex public and environmental health problems. My specific interests lie with particulate matter air pollution. Particulate matter (PM) air pollution places a tremendous burden on the health of our communities, our workforce, and our environment. Humans are exposed to PM from a variety of sources in nearly every aspect of life: at work, home, and outdoors. As a researcher, my goals are 1) to understand the adverse impacts of air pollution on human and environmental health and 2) to engineer solutions to the air pollution problems we face as a society. 


Ph.D.: Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: 2003

M.S.: Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: 1999

B.S.: Civil Engineering, Univerity of Vermont:  1996


ERHS 726 - Aerosols and Environmental Health
Properties and behavior of environmental and occupational aerosols emphasizing how airborne particles affect health of humans and the environment.

MECH 342 - Mechanics and Thermodynamics of Flow Processes
Engineering details of viscous flow with losses, measurements, compressibility, turbomachinery, convective heat transfer.

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