Faculty Profile


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1985.
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 1980.
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University, 1979.

Prof. Armistead (Ted) Russell is the Howard T. Tellepsen Chair and Regents’ Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech, where his research is aimed at better understanding the dynamics of air pollutants at urban and regional scales and assessing their impacts on health and the environment to develop approaches to design strategies to effectively improve air quality. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology, conducting his research at Caltech’s Environmental Quality Laboratory. His B.S. is from Washington State University. Dr. Russell was a member of EPA’s Clean Air Science Advisory Committee (CASAC) and a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, and he continues to serve on associated committees. He chaired the CASAC NOx-SOx, Secondary NAAQS review panel, the Ambient Air Monitoring Methods Subcommittee, and the Council on Clean Air Compliance Analysis’ Air Quality Modeling Subcommittee, and was on the Health Effects Institute’s Report Review Committee. He was an Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Science and Technology. He currently co-directs the Southeastern Center for Air Pollution and Epidemiology and the NSF Sustainability Research Network “Environmentally Sustainable, Healthy and Livable Cities” project. Prof. Russell has recently received funding from the National Science Foundation, NASA, EPA, the state of Georgia, Phillips 66, Southern Company, the Electric Power Research Institute, CDC, the Health Effects Institute and NIH.


  • Air Pollution Modeling
  • Health Effects of Air Pollutants
  • Aerosol Dynamics
  • Environmental Economics and Control Strategy Design
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Combustion Emissions Control
  • Computer Modeling
  • Numerical Methods


  • Regents’ Professor (2013)
  • Sustained Research Award (CEE, 2013)
  • Warren Lecture, Univ. Minnesota (2011)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Most influential individual to Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist (2013)
  • “Thank you” Teacher Appreciation (2011)
  • Guest Editor, Environmental Science and Technology, Issue on Particulate Matter and Health, July, 2009
  • Visiting Professor, King Mongkut's University of Technology (2008)
  • Visiting Professor, University of Athens (2006)
  • Distinguished Lecture, University of California-Riverside (2005)
  • Associate Editor, Environmental Science and Technology
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Atmospheric Environment
  • Outstanding Graduate Advisor (GIT)
  • Sustained Research Award (CEE)
  • Outstanding Leadership Award (CEE)
  • Plenary Lecture, AAAR (2004)
  • Outstanding Reviewer, J. Geophysical Research
  • Sigma Xi Sustained Research Award (GIT)
  • Georgia Power Professorship
  • Excellence in Review Award, Environmental Science and Technology
  • National Associate of the National Academies
  • Chaired two and served on five other NRC committees, an EPA FACA subcommittee, a White House/OSTP committee
  • Visiting Professor, National Taiwan University
  • Visiting Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
  • Smithsonian Scientific Computation Award: Finalist (one of 5 nationally)
  • 1990 Siggraph Award for a Scientific Visualization, Niccograph '90 Scientific Visualization, 1st place
  • Niccograph '90 Scientific Visualization, 1st place
  • Finalist, INA Visualization, Monte Carlo
  • Computer Graphics Society of Japan, 1st place, Scientific Visualization
  • Visiting Professor Fellowship, Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Outstanding Young Scholar Fellowship (Japanese International Cooperative Research Fund)
  • Ralph Teetor Outstanding Professor Educator Award (SAE)
  • Air Pollution Control Association National Paper Contest -- First Place
  • Various Fellowships and Scholarships at Caltech and WSU


  • Trail, M. A., A. P. Tsimpidi, P. Liu, K. Tsigaridis, Y. Hu, J. R. Rudokas, P. J. Miller, A. Nenes, and A. G. Russell (2015b), Impacts of Potential CO2- Reduction Policies on Air Quality in the United States, Environ. Sci. Technol., 49(8), 5133-5141, doi:10.1021/acs.est.5b00473.
  • Turner, M. D., et al. (2015a), Premature deaths attributed to source-specific BC emissions in six urban US regions, Environmental Research Letters, 10(11), doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/11/114014.
  • Turner, M. D., et al. (2015b), Differences Between Magnitudes and Health Impacts of BC Emissions Across the United States Using 12 km Scale Seasonal Source Apportionment, Environ. Sci. Technol., 49(7), 4362-4371, doi:10.1021/es505968b.
  • Verma, V., T. Fang, L. Xu, R. E. Peltier, A. G. Russell, N. L. Ng, and R. J. Weber (2015a), Organic Aerosols Associated with the Generation of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) by Water-Soluble PM2.5, Environ. Sci. Technol., 49(7), 4646- 4656, doi:10.1021/es505577w.
  • Verma, V., Y. Wang, R. El-Afifi, T. Fang, J. Rowland, A. G. Russell, and R. J. Weber (2015b), Fractionating ambient humic-like substances (HULIS) for their reactive oxygen species activity - Assessing the importance of quinones and atmospheric aging, Atmos. Environ., 120, 351-359, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.09.010.
  • Russell, AG, “Combustion Emissions” in Air Pollution and Cancer, IARC Scientific Publication No 161, (K. Strait, A. Cohen and J. Samet, Eds.) WHO Press, World Health Organization, Switzerland
  • Odman, M. T., Hu, Y., Russell, A. G. and Chang, M. E., "Forecasting Ozone and PM2.5 in Southeastern U.S.," in Air Pollution Modeling and its Application XVIII, pp. 220-229 (C. Borrego and E. Renner, Eds.), New York: Elsevier (2007)
  • Cohan, D. and Russell, A (2006) “Cost-optimized air pollution control using high-order sensitivity analysis.” In Air Pollution Modeling and Its Application XVII, Eds. C. Borrego and A-L Norman, Springer
  • Cohan, D. Hu, Y. and Russell, A (2006) “Alternative Approaches to diagnosing ozone production regime.” In Air Pollution Modeling and Its Application XVII, Eds. C. Borrego and A-L Norman, Springer
  • Bergin, M., West, J., Keating, T. and Russell, A.G.. (2005), “Regional Atmospheric Pollution and Transboundary Air Quality Management," Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Annual Reviews, pp 1-37