Triple E Fair

Triple E Fair introduces 117 middle schoolers to mechanical engineering

March 3, 2022

The Early Engineering Exposure Fair, organized by mechanical engineering graduate students, was comprised of 16 interactive exhibits to demonstrate diverse engineering fields such as air quality, wind energy, robotics and microfluids.

Inside the researcher's lab

How does Marshall Fire smoke affect indoor, outdoor air quality?

Jan. 14, 2022

Professors Michael Hannigan and Marina Vance join scientists from CIRES and NOAA to install instruments in surviving houses to understand the smoke impacts on indoor air quality.

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Don’t throw that cloth mask away yet—it still works

Sept. 9, 2021

The reusable cloth masks people have been using for the past year or more may look a little worse for the wear. But new research from Professor Marina Vance finds that washing and drying them doesn’t reduce their ability to filter out viral particles.

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Amid wildfires and a pandemic, here’s how to keep your indoor air clean

Sept. 7, 2021

Professor Marina Vance shares easy and effective ways to keep our indoor air clean from ozone, wildfire smoke and COVID-19.

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Video: Vance on creativity, engineering and accessibility

Aug. 3, 2021

Assistant Professor Marina Vance uses her passion for drawing to educate and inspire by creating animated science videos that share her research in aerosol particle transformation in easily accessible ways. As a recent NSF CAREER Award recipient, Vance will continue her research at the University of Colorado Boulder while sharing her work beyond academic circles through a new partnership with CU Science Discovery.

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Let’s talk about transmission of respiratory infectious diseases

Nov. 11, 2020

Professors Shelly Miller and Nina Vance, along with Miller's daughter, Renee Leiden, produced a video explaining how the transmission of respiratory infections can occur.

Airborne Particulate matter in the home

Research paper looks at exposure to airborne particulate matter in homes

June 17, 2020

A paper by Nina Vance discusses the importance of understanding exposure to particulate matter in residences and the health risks that result from exposure.

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Your home is a hidden source of air pollution

Feb. 18, 2019

Assistant Professor Nina Vance and her collaborators have found cooking, cleaning and other routine household activities to generate significant levels of volatile and particulate chemicals inside the average home, leading to indoor air quality levels on par with a polluted major city.

HOMEChem UTest House in Austin, Texas

Nation’s largest, most comprehensive indoor chemistry study now underway

June 12, 2018

Marina Vance HOMEChem field experiment seeks to understand how daily activities impact the home environment In the United States, as well as in most of the developed world, people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. In homes, workplaces, schools and every indoor environment, we are impacted by the...

Marina Vance with her award.

Marina Vance recognized as Outstanding Young Alumna

May 3, 2018

Congratulations to mechanical engineering assistant professor Marina Vance for being honored with an Outstanding Young Alumni by her alma mater, Virginia Tech. The VA Tech Academy of Distinguished Alumni recognizes alumni of the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering for their accomplishments and commitment to the...