2018 Lyman A. Ripperton Environmental Educator Award

The Lyman A. Ripperton Award, established by resolution of the Board of Directors on November 13, 1980, is for distinguished achievement as an educator in some field of air pollution control. It is awarded to an individual, who by precept and example, has inspired students to achieve excellence in all their professional and social endeavors. It recognizes the abilities that only a few in the education profession possess - to be able to teach with rigor, humor, humility, and pride.  The recipients of this award are representative of the educators we would have chosen if we had a choice. They are known by the accomplishments of their students.

The recipients of this award are representative of the educators we would have chosen if we had a choice. They are known by the accomplishments of their students.

Lyman A. Ripperton (1921-1978) was a practitioner in education and research for the control of air pollution during his entire professional career. He left the Los Angeles County Air Pollution Control District in 1958 to assume a teaching and research assignment in the Department of Environmental Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program in air pollution education he initiated at UNC developed into one of the foremost in the United States. His students numbered in the hundreds, and they assumed positions in every segment of the air pollution control profession. The Lyman A. Ripperton Award may be awarded to members and nonmembers of the Association.

A&WMA presents the 2018 Lyman A. Ripperton Environmental Educator Award to Joshua S. Fu.

Dr. Joshua S. Fu is the John D. Tickle Professor of Engineering, a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and an Inaugural Professor of the UT-ORNL Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education at the University of Tennessee, and Joint Appointment Professor in the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He has taught one undergraduate and eight graduate courses in environmental and civil engineering subject areas. Dr. Fu is an excellent advisor and mentor for students at all levels. He has advised and mentored 5 post-docs, more than 54 graduate students, and more than 150 undergraduate students for their research projects, course work, and career planning. He has integrated research with education successfully through his funded projects.

Dr. Fu has an excellent research record. The focus of his research work includes air quality; climate change; energy; assessments of intercontinental transport and climatic effects of air pollutants; the impacts of severe weather on health; the impacts of transportation planning on air quality; air toxics modeling; and energy optimization planning. Dr. Fu has served as a co-author of the Final Report of the Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN Task Force Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution) and as a reviewing committee member for air quality status in East Asia for the EANET, a governmental consortium in East Asia and headquartered in Japan. He was a co-author of the Technical Report, Climate Change and Infrastructure, Urban System and Vulnerability, to Department of Energy in the support of the National Climate Assessment in 2012. He also serves as a member of the expert group of the Arctic Council AMAP Short-lived Climate Pollutants.

Dr. Fu has received 14 professional awards, published more than 120 refereed journal papers, and 100 peer reviewed conference proceedings. He has been an invited speaker and lecture more than 100 times in Asia, Europe, and United States. He has been interviewed by or reported by NASA Earth Observatory, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Science Daily, @EurekAlert!, Red Orbit, and more than 30 media organizations to discuss issues of international and national importance on climate change/extreme events and air quality.

Dr. Fu has been an active member of A&WMA since 2000. He recruits young scholars as new members of the Association, and his graduate students are recipients (five students) of A&WMA Scholarships and winner (one student) of the best paper award. Dr. Fu hosts numerous visiting scholars and interns from various universities and institutes nationally and internationally. He directs those young scholars and educators to conduct air quality research and coaches them to develop educational curriculum. Dr. Fu obtained his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, MS from the University of California, Los Angeles, and BS from Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University.