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Our Research Team

The AQMEL research team comprises bright and innovative scholars who bring a diversity of experiences and perspectives to our group. Scroll below to learn more about our specialists, graduate research assistants, and undergraduate contributors. 

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Dr. Cesunica E. Ivey

Principal Investigator

Dr. Ivey is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, and she is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Download her CV here


Ivette Torres

Project Specialist

Ivette is a 2020 graduate of the UC Riverside in environmental sciences program. She leads the CARB Year 2 Community Air Grant at UC Riverside's Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT). Ivette is also a fellow of the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability. 

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Dr. Abiola Lawal

Postdoctoral Fellow

Abi is a 2021 graduate of the Georgia Tech environmental engineering Ph.D. program. She is an awardee of the inaugural class of ASEE eFellowship scholars. She conducts research on the air quality impacts of urban infrastructure and the health impacts of wintertime air pollution.

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Khanh Do

Ph.D. Candidate

Khanh is a Ph.D. candidate in the UC Riverside chemical and environmental engineering program. He is currently leading research on machine learning and advanced computational hardware for air pollution predictions. 


Jennifer Ofodile

Ph.D. Candidate

Jennifer is a Ph.D. student in the UC Berkeley ESPM department and an NSF GRFP awardee. She is currently leading research on VOC characterization in indoor household environments. 


Yi Ji

Master's Student

Yi is a graduate student in the environmental engineering program at UC Berkeley. She leads research that investigates  the challenges of communicating wildfire exposure risks to the public. 


Duncan Quevedo

Master's Student

Duncan is a graduate student in the environmental engineering program at UC Berkeley. He leads research on the development of air quality modeling tools for community applications and the use satellite imagery for air pollution management. 


Cam Phelan

Master's Student

Cam is a graduate student in the environmental engineering program at UC Berkeley. She leads research on wintertime air pollution during inversion events. 

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April Zhang

Undergraduate Researcher

April is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley majoring in data science and sustainable environmental design. She assists with satellite data analysis to support smoke exposure research.


Andrea Delgado

Undergraduate Resarcher

Andrea is an environmental sciences undergraduate student at UC Riverside. She is a lead undergraduate researcher for the CARB Year 2 Community Air Grant. She is a former 2022 NASA SARP fellow and is now an intern in NASA's Digital Earth Virtual and Learning Outreach Program.

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Charlotte Mourad

Post-Baccalaureate Scholar

Charlotte is a post-baccalaureate scholar at UC Berkeley. She is a lead researcher for the CARB Year 2 Community Air Grant. She is a former 2022 SURF UROC Gates Foundation fellow and is now a fellow of the Young Climate Leaders of Color program.


Undergraduate Volunteers

UC Riverside and Riverside City College volunteers support the CARB Community Air Grant research efforts. UC Berkeley undergraduates support our EPA STAR research.



Sumukhi Prasad, Environmental Engineering, UC Berkeley

Alexander Nguyen, UC Riverside



Sebastien Banales, Chemical Engineering, UC Riverside

Karrengton Fountain, Environmental Engineering, UC Riverside

Arash Kashfi Yeganeh, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, UC Riverside

Jasmin Velasquez, Chemical Engineering, UC Riverside

Ruoming Xu, Chemical Engineering, UC Riverside


Anthony Arteaga, Chemical Engineering, UC Riverside

Aaron Garcia, Aerospace Engineering, Riverside City College

Cole Lawless, Chemical Engineering, UC Riverside

Ali Raza, Chemical Engineering, UC Riverside

Saray Rodriguez, Business Information Systems, Riverside City College

Hector Soto, Electrical Engineering, Riverside City College

Priscilla Villegas, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Riverside City College

David Wilson, Electrical Engineering, Riverside City College

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