Catherine Cahill

Dr. Cathy Cahill is the incoming Director for the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration (ACUASI) and a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alaska  Fairbanks.  She possesses a B.S. in Applied Physics from the University of California, Davis, a M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Nevada, Reno.  Her research focuses on atmospheric aerosols and their impacts on visibility, global climate, and human health. 

Her research includes laboratory experiments, modeling, and field studies of atmospheric aerosols and their properties. She is currently investigating the size and composition of particulate matter entering the Arctic from Asia and other continents and the sources of PM2.5 in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. In addition, she is quantifying the chemical composition and radiative properties of volcanic aerosols and developing unmanned aircraft-based sensors for determining the concentration, composition, and spatial distribution of atmospheric aerosols. 

She has collaborated with the UAF unmanned aircraft program since 2006.  Cathy just returned to Fairbanks after a nineteen-month Congressional Fellowship with the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources during which she helped negotiate Title 1 of the Energy Policy Modernization Act.  She also worked on legislative language to permit beyond-line-of-sight flights and other UAS activities.
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