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Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Dr. Candis Claiborn

Candis Claiborn

Professor Emeritus







Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (LAR)


  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, 1991 – North Carolina State University
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, 1980 – University of Idaho, Moscow, ID


  • Engineering-in-Training Certificate, Idaho, 1980

Professional Experience

  • Dean, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, 2006-2016
  • Interim Dean, College of Engineering and Architecture, 2005-2006
  • Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, College of Engineering and Architecture, 2003-2005
  • Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, College of Engineering and Architecture, 2002-2003
  • Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2003-present
  • Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1997-2003
  • Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1991-00
  • Site Technician, Mountain Cloud Chemistry Project, NCSU, 1987-91
  • Senior Process Control Engineer, ARCO Petroleum Products, 1981-86
  • Process Engineer, Chevron, Western Region Production, 1980-81


  • Richard Crain Faculty Award for Distinction in Ethics Teaching, 2003
  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award in Civil Engineering, 1999
  • Leon Luck Faculty Award, Most Effective Faculty Member, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1998
  • Recipient of NSF Career grant, 1995
  • Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award, 1994

Research Interests

  • Atmospheric aerosols – sampling methods and chemical characterization
  • Receptor modeling
  • Atmosphere-biosphere interactions – field, laboratory and modeling experiments
  • Airborne particulate matter – emission measurements and windblown dust


  • Atmospheric Aerosols
  • Air Pollution Control
  • Introduction to Environmental Engineering
  • Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • Engineering Ethics and Professionalism
  • Ethics Issues in Science and Technology


  • Finn, D., B. Rumburg, C. Claiborn, W. Bamesberger, W.F. Siems, J. Koenig, T. Larson, and G. Norris (2001) “Sampling Artifacts from the use of Denuder Tubes with Glycerol Based Coatings in the Measurement of Atmospheric Particulate Matter”, Environmental Science and Technology 35 (40-44).
  • B. Rumburg, R. Alldredge, and C. Claiborn (2001) “Statistical Distributions of Particulate Matter and the Error Associated with sampling Frequency”, Atmospheric Environment 35(16): 2907
  • R. Villasenor, C. Claiborn, B. Lamb, and S. O’Neill (2001) “High Wintertime Particulate Matter Episodes in a City in Complex Terrain”, Atmospheric Environment 35/36 (6479-6491).
  • Claiborn, C., T. Larson, and L. Sheppard (2002) “Testing the Metals Hypothesis in Spokane, WA”, Environmental Health Perspectives 110 (supplement 4): 547-552.
  • Pang, Y., L.A. Gundel, T. Larson, D. Finn, L.-J.S. Liu, and C.S. Claiborn (2002) “Development and Evaluation of a Novel Personal Particulate Organic and Mass Sampler (PPOMS)”, Environmental Science and Technology 36 (5205-5210).
  • Wilson, W.E., J.C. Chow, C.S. Claiborn, W. Fusheng, J. Engelbrecht, and J.G. Watson (2002) “Monitoring of Particulate Matter Outdoors”, Chemosphere, 49 (1009-1043).
  • Kim, E., T.V. Larson, P.K. Hopke, C. Slaughter, L.E. Sheppard, C. Claiborn (2003) “Source Identification of PM2.5 in an Arid Northwest US City by Positive Matrix Factorization”, Atmospheric Research, 66 (291-305).