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Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty

Dr. Brian Lamb

Brian Lamb

Regents Professor
Boeing Distinguished Professor




(509) 335-5702


(509) 335-7632


Laboratory for Atmospheric Research (LAR)

Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach (CEREO)


  • Ph.D., Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 1978 – California Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Chemistry, 1973 – Idaho State University

Professional Experience

  • Executive Committee Member, Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO), 2009 – Present
  • Co-Director, Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO), 2009 – 2011
  • Regents Professor, Washington State University, 2005
  • Boeing Distinguished Professor, Laboratory for Atmospheric Research, Dpartment of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University 1995
  • Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Laboratory for Atmospheric Research, College of Engineering, Washington State University, 1991-present
  • Associate Professor, WSU, 1985-91
  • Assistant Professor, WSU, 1979-85
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Royal Norwegian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Norwegian Institute for Air Research, 1977-78


  • Haagen-Smit Prize 2008.Outstanding 1987 Paper: A national inventory of biogenic hydrocarbon emissions, Atmospheric Environment
  • Bose Research Faculty Award, College of Engineering & Architecture, WSU, 2007
  • Outstanding Research Award, College of Engineering & Architecture, WSU, 2002
  • Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award, WSU Association of Graduate Students, 1999-2000
  • Leon Luck Faculty Award, Most Effective Faculty Member, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1994
  • Outstanding Research Award, College of Engineering & Architecture, Washington State University, 1993

Research Interests

  • Regional grid modeling of photochemical air quality and windblown dust
  • Application of atmospheric tracer techniques
  • Biosphere/atmospheric interactions
  • Three-dimensional turbulence modeling
  • Greenhouse gas emissions


  • Introduction to Meteorology
  • Air Quality Modeling
  • Environmental Measurements
  • Global Climate Change
  • Air Pollution Control Technology


  • Edburg,S.L., Gene Allwine, Brian Lamb, David Stock, Harold Thistle, Holly Peterson, Brian Strom, 2010. A simple model to predict scalar dispersion within a successively thinned loblolly pine canopy, J. Appl. Meteorol & Climate (doi: 10.1175/2010JAMC2339.1) 49, 1913–1926.
  • Herron-Thorpe, F.L., B. K. Lamb, G. H. Mount, and J. K. Vaughan, 2010. Evaluation of a regional air quality forecast model for tropospheric NO2 columns using the OMI/Aura satellite tropospheric NO2 product, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 10, 8839-8854, 2010
  • Velasco, E., S. Pressley, R. Grivicke, E. Allwine, T. Coons, W. Foster, T. Jobson, H. Westberg, R. Ramos, F. Hernandez, L. T. Molina, and B. Lamb, 2009. Eddy covariance flux measurements of pollutant gases in urban Mexico City, Atmos. Chem. Phys 9, 7325-7342.
  • Avise, J., J. Chen, B. Lamb, C. Wiedinmyer, A. Guenther, E. Salathé, and C. Mass, 2009. Attribution of projected changes in summertime US ozone and PM2.5 concentrations to global changes, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 9, 1111-1124. SRef-ID: 1680-7324/acp/2009-9-1111
  • Chen, J., Avise, J., Lamb, B., Salathé, E., Mass, C., Guenther, A., Wiedinmyer, C., Lamarque, J.-F., O’Neill, S., McKenzie, D., and Larkin, N, 2009. The effects of global changes upon regional ozone pollution in the United States, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 1125-1141.