Carnegie Mellon University

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Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies (CAPS)

We have a simple mission. We strive to be world leaders in science, engineering and policy covering the full role of fine particulate matter in the atmosphere. Our goal in research is to substantially advance the state of knowledge across this spectrum, and to provide both policy-relevant research and to participate directly and actively in the evolution of environmental policy related to particulate matter.

An essential part of our mission is to educate tomorrow's leaders in this field. We strive to integrate air quality and atmospheric chemistry into the undergraduate curricula of the many departments we represent. We provide extensive research opportunities for undergraduate research. At our core is an outstanding collection of graduate students from a broad range of disciplines. Our goal is for these students to become leaders in academia, government and industry.