Operations Research and Industrial Engineering Seminar: Potential for Low-Cost Reduction in Health Impacts of Air Pollution, by Dr. Valerie Thomas (the Anderson Interface Professor of Natural Systems in the school of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech)

On Friday, September 15, the Operations Research and Industrial Engineering Seminar will host special guest Dr. Valerie Thomas, the Anderson Interface Professor of Natural Systems in the school of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech. She will give a talk titled: Potential for Low Cost Reduction in Health Impacts of Air Pollution.

Dr. Thomas will discuss a method to compute the human health impacts of air pollutants fast enough to allow power plant systems to manage the impacts in real time. A case study for the state of Georgia shows that inclusion of human health impact costs in a least-cost dispatch model can reduce health impacts at low cost.

Dr. Thomas also will discuss policy approaches, implementation challenges, ongoing and future research, and the application of her research to other emissions sectors, including industry and transportation.

The event is free and open to all UT Austin faculty and students.