California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
2006 Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Engineering
2002 M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering
Thesis Title: Column Abundances of Carbon Dioxide and Methane Retrieved From Ground-Based Near-Infrared Solar Spectra
Advisor: Prof. Paul Wennberg
Pomona College, Claremont, CA
1999 B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Chemistry
Thesis Title: Studies in the Kinetics of Cross Metathesis Using Grubbs' Ruthenium Catalyst
Advisor: Prof. Daniel O'Leary
2007 - Present: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO
University of Colorado CIRES, Research Scientist II
Advisor: Dr. Steven Brown
- Developed a new method to determine aerosol refractive indices as a function of wavelength.
- Collaborated with Weizmann Institute scientists to measure refractive indices of organic aerosol.
- Developed and deployed field instrument to measure aerosol optical extinction during SOAS 2013.
- Developed instrumental method for laboratory measurements of atmospheric glyoxal.
- Designed and constructed field instrument for glyoxal and nitrous acid.
- Used field instrument and models to quantify glyoxal contribution to aerosol during CalNex 2010.
- Developed and published new cavity ring-down method for ambient ozone measurements.
- Analyzed urban air pollution data acquired during the TexAQS2006 field campaign.
- Mentored undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students.
2006 - 2007: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO
National Academies Postdoctoral Fellow
Advisor: Dr. Thomas Ryerson
- Operated the Whole Air Sampler during the 2006 TexAQS aircraft field campaign.
- Evaluated three instrumental techniques for elemental mercury measurements.
2000 - 2006: California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Graduate Research Assistant
- Developed a compact, lightweight gas standards generator for permeation tubes.
- Developed and published a method to retrieve CH4 tropospheric column-average concentrations.
- Constructed an automated solar observatory to measure column abundances of greenhouse gases.
- Installed the observatory in Wisconsin and acquired sixteen month data record of CO2 and CH4.
- Completed and published an instrumental intercomparison of CO2 measurements.
- Supervised the construction of two additional observatories located in the U.S. and Australia.
1999 - 2000: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, CO
Professional Research Assistant
Supervisor: Dr. Charles Brock
- Participated in two aircraft field campaigns measuring aerosol size distribution and chemical
- Completed subsequent data analysis of particle growth in the plumes of coal-fired power plants.
- Assembled, tested, and deployed an optical white light particle counter for aircraft measurements.
1998 - 1999 Undergraduate Thesis Work at Pomona College, Claremont, CA
1998 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow at Caltech, Pasadena, CA
Senior Thesis Research, Department of Chemistry
Advisor: Prof. Daniel O'Leary
- Used GC-MS and NMR to investigate the kinetics of olefin metathesis reactions.
GRANTS AND CONTRACTS
2012 Washenfelder, R. A. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, $50,000.
2010 Vaida, V., C. J. Young, R. A. Washenfelder, and G. J. Frost, Measurements of Weak Absorptions by
O3 and O3-H2O Clusters using Cavity Enhanced Spectroscopy, $29,850.
2008 Brown, S. S. and R. A. Washenfelder, The Next Generation of Optical Instrumentation to Further
NOAA Research in Air Quality and Climate, NOAA Assistant Administration's Discretionary
HONORS AND AWARDS
2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers; Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the President, Washington D. C.
2011, 2013 Selected to attend the Gordon Research Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry; Mount Snow, VT
2008, 2009 Best Presentation from NOAA and CIRES Chemical Sciences; Boulder Postdoctoral Poster Symposium, Boulder, CO
2006 - 2007 National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship; The National Academies, Washington D.C.
2000 - 2004 Gordon Moore Graduate Fellowship; California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
2000 - 2003 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship; National Science Foundation, Washington D.C.
2000 - 2001 Vito Vanoni Graduate Fellowship; California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
1999 John Stauffer Prize for Academic Merit in the Sciences; Pomona College, Claremont, CA
1999 Frank Parkhurst Brackett, Jr. and Davida Wark Brackett Prize in Chemistry; Pomona College, Claremont, CA
1999 Honorable Mention in Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (COMAP); The Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications, Lexington, MA
1999 Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
1998 - 1999 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship; Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, Springfield, VA
1998 Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry; American Chemical Society, Division of Analytical Chemistry, Washington D.C.
1994 National Science Scholar, 4th Congressional District; National Science Scholars Program, Secretary of Education, Washington D.C.
1994 National Merit Scholar and Scholarship Recipient; National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Evanston, IL
REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES
See list under "Publications".