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Calvin Arter, a first year Ph.D. environmental sciences and engineering student in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and research assistant to IE’s Sarav Arunachalam, recently won the Federal Aviation Administration ASCENT’s Joseph A. Hartman Student Paper Competition. Arter’s paper, “Calculating second order sensitivity coefficients for airport emissions in the continental U.S. using CMAQ-HDDM,” was selected from among submissions from 16 universities across the U.S. The competition selects the best student ideas in the aviation industry.

Arter is part of Arunachalam’s ASCENT grant, which examines the air quality impacts of commercial air craft emissions.

UNC-Chapel Hill is one of 16 member institutions of ASCENT – the Aviation Sustainability Center –co-led by Washington State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ASCENT is a center of excellence for alternative jet fuels and environment and is funded by the FAA, NASA, the Department of Defense, Transport Canada and the Environmental Protection Agency. This consortium works to develop science-based solutions for all environmental impacts faced by the aviation industry and spans diverse disciplines from operations to emissions to environmental impacts and sustainability.

“This continues the trend of UNC students doing well at this competition,” says Arunachalam. “It’s a great experience for our students to win nice cash awards and receive paid travel to present their work to stakeholders in the aviation industry.”

Arter received a $1,000 cash award, and the opportunity to present to the ASCENT community in Alexandria, VA earlier this month.
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