California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Tracy Thatcher, Professor

Phone: 756-6273


Office: 13-266

Curriculum Vitae

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  • B.S. in  Chemical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1984
  • M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1991
  • Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1996

Professional Registration

  • Professional Engineer (PE) in Civil Engineering, California

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Tracy Thatcher studies pollutant transport into and within both commercial and residential buildings. Her research focuses on experimental studies which investigate the physical processes governing the movement of gases and aerosols. This work has important applications in the reduction of human exposure to air pollutants.
  • Before joining the Cal Poly Faculty, she held positions as a scientist at a DOE National Lab and as an environmental engineer at a semi-conductor manufacturing facility.

Select Awards and Recognition

  • Full Member, California Air Resources Board Research Screening Committee, April 2003 - present
  • Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer, DOE's Federal Laboratory Consortium, 2004
  • ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Fellow, 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Faculty Advisor: Society of Environmental Engineers Student Chapter