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Award-Winning Ph.D. Student Jeremy Bonifacio’s Healthy Ambition

Jeremy BonifacioJeremy Bonifacio receiving METRANS Transportation Center’s “Student of the Year” Award from Greg Winfree, Acting Administrator of the US Research and Innovative Technology Administration

Engineering Ph.D. student Jeremy Bonifacio is distinguishing himself on the national stage as an innovator of high-tech solutions to longstanding environmental and public-health issues. Last year, he traveled to the Transportation Research Board’s annual conference in Washington D.C. to receive the METRANS Transportation Center’s “Student of the Year” award as well as a certificate of commendation from the U.S. Department of Transportation for his academic excellence and research in the reduction of airborne pollution.

A student in the “Engineering and Industrial Applied Math” doctoral program that is a joint endeavor between the College of Engineering and Claremont Graduate University, Bonifacio’s research in Fluid Dynamics is creating technologies that disperse indoor and outdoor pollutants before they can reach dangerously high levels of concentrations, as well as biomedical instruments for treating pollution-related illnesses. “The number of people who are getting sick from airborne pollutants is on the rise in developed and developing nations alike,” says Bonifacio. “There is urgent need for a comprehensive range of solutions.” Bonifacio recently served as the student team leader on a $1.8 million joint research endeavor between CSULB and the Port of Los Angeles that developed “seawater scrubber” technology for reducing the high concentrations of diesel particulate matter that are emitted from oceangoing vessels. The project’s principle investigator was Dr. Hamid Rahai, Bonifacio’s PhD advisor.

In addition to his research in Fluid Dynamics, Bonifacio is developing biomedical technology that holds the promise of providing more accurate diagnoses and targeted treatment of pollution-related illnesses such as respiratory infections, heart disease, and lung cancer. He presently teaches Aerodynamics Laboratory classes in CSULB’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and is preparing for a career as a consultant in the field of environmental pollutants and as an entrepreneur in the field of biomedical technologies.

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  • The College of Engineering is ranked #1 in the nation for awarding bachelor's degrees to Native Americans (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, November 2012)
  • The College of Engineering is ranked #22 in the nation for women in tenure-track positions and #17 in the nation for awarding bachelor's degrees to Hispanic students (ASEE Profiles of Engineering and Engineering Technology Colleges 2012)
  • College of Engineering Student Sabrina Rivera was one of three finalists selected to serve as the ASCE's "New Faces of Civil Engineering" representative due to her academic and extracurricular achievements and promise as a future leader in the civil engineering profession.
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  • CSULB is ranked #21 in the nation for advancing women in the STEM fields (The Online College Database 2013).