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Mike Hannigan is a Professor and the Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Colorado-Boulder.  Hannigan received his PhD in Environmental Engineering Science from Caltech in 1997.  Over the past decade, Hannigan’s research group has been actively engaged in development and implementation of low-cost air quality monitoring as well as pollutant source apportionment tools.  The group’s aim is to improve our understanding of pollutant emissions, transport and fate through novel multi-mode spatial networks, facilitate citizen science, and create measurement datasets for developing regions of the globe where resources restrict environmental assessment.

Research Interests

  • Characterization and abatement of air pollution
  • Impact of air quality on health
  • Energy links to air quality

Courses Taught

  • MCEN 4228 Sustainable Energy
  • MCEN 3037 Experimental Design and Data Analysis
  • MCEN 4131 Air Pollution Control


  • Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (1991, 1997)
  • B.S., Southern Methodist University (1990), M.S.

Honors and Awards

  • Mechanical Engineering Department, Outstanding Research Award (2009-2010)
  • Mechanical Engineering Department, Outstanding Service Award (2008-2009)
  • State of Colorado, Health and Environmental Stewardship Award (2008)
  • Mechanical Engineering Department, Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Award (2006-2007, 2011-2012)
  • University of Colorado, Green Faculty Award (2007)
  • University of Colorado, President’s Teaching and Learning Collaborative (2006-2007)

Recent Publications

Boyle, L, Flinchpaugh, H, Hannigan, MP. Natural soiling of photovoltaic cover plates and the impact on transmission. Solar Energy, 2014, accepted.

Piedrahita, R, Xiang, Y, Masson, N, Ortega, J, Collier, A, Jiang, Y, Li, K, Dick, R, Lv, Q, Hannigan, M, Shang, L. The next generation of low-cost personal air quality sensors for quantitative exposure monitoring. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 2014, in press.

Clements, N, Eav, J, Xie, M, Hannigan, MP, Miller, SL, Navidi, W, Peel, JL, Schauer, JJ, Shafer, M, Milford, JB. Concentrations and source insights for trace elements in fine and coarse particulate matter in northeastern Colorado. Atmospheric Environment, 2014, 89:373-381.

Dutton, SJ, Williams, DE, Garcia, JK, Vedal, S, Hannigan, MP. PM2.5 characterization for time series studies: organic molecular marker speciation methods and daily measurements in Denver. Atmospheric Environment, 2009, 43: 2018-2030.