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MRIGlobal Researcher Inducted Into Rockhurst University Science Hall of Fame

Chatten Cowherd, Jr., Ph.D., MRIGlobal principal advisor for engineering, is one of only 14 to receive Rockhurst honor.

(Kansas City, MO) March 29, 2012 – MRIGlobal is pleased to announce Chatten Cowherd, Jr., Ph.D., has been inducted into the Rockhurst University Science Hall of Fame.

Cowherd is MRIGlobal’s Principal Advisor for Engineering and the founder of the Center for Study of Open Source Emissions. Cowherd is an internationally recognized expert on open source emissions – dust and gaseous pollutants from wind, fires, roadway traffic, mining, and construction, for example.  

The Science Hall of Fame honor is awarded to a Rockhurst graduate who has demonstrated excellence in science. Cowherd is the 14th honoree since the Hall of Fame was launched in 1996.

Cowherd pioneered the techniques to capture air samples and track the dispersion of airborne particles. His work extends to bioaerosols and contaminated dust, and is instrumental in the development of standard technologies to assess and control hazards from open source emissions. He was among seven national finalists for R&D Magazine’s 2010 Scientist of the Year.

Among his current work, Cowherd is leading a 10-year field program to monitor sand transport during dust storms in the Mojave Desert.

Cowherd holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Rockhurst College and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering/Fluid Mechanics and Physical Chemistry from Johns Hopkins University.

He joined MRIGlobal in 1969.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Chat Cowherd. He is a world-renowned expert, a respected researcher, and a key member of the MRIGlobal team,” said Michael Helmstetter, Ph.D., MRIGlobal President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to celebrate this honor with one of our very own.”  

About MRIGlobal
MRIGlobal, a not-for-profit research and development organization, delivers global solutions in national security and defense, energy and environment, life and animal sciences, agriculture and food safety, and transportation. The organization performs scientific research, advanced engineering and program integration and management for clients in government, industry and academia. Established in 1944 as Midwest Research Institute, MRIGlobal is based in Kansas City, Mo., operates in nine states and Washington, D.C., and manages more than 3,300 employees.

The organization is one of two partners in the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, which manages and operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., for the U.S. Department of Energy. MRIGlobal established and manages SolarTAC and supports the National Energy Technology Laboratory for the DOE to develop technologies for clean coal, carbon management, energy efficiency and techno/economic analysis of energy systems.

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