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Neelakshi Hudda

Research Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Neelakshi Hudda

Research Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Phone 617-627-3211
Anderson Hall, Room 204
200 College Ave, Medford, MA
Biography: 

Dr. Neelakshi Hudda’s main area of research is urban air pollution with a particular focus on transportation emissions. She has been investigating ambient air pollution, indoor intrusion in various microenvironments, and mitigation strategies for over 12 years.

She received her MS and PhD in Environmental Engineering from University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles and B. Tech. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from IIT-BHU, India. At USC, her graduate work developed a model for predicting in-vehicle exposures to on-road pollutants and she was involved in or lead studies on instrumentation development, ambient and on-road monitoring, impacts of soundwalls on highway pollution and vehicle emission factors.

Before entering her current role as faculty at Tufts University in 2017, she worked as a post-doc at USC and Tufts researching the impacts of aviation emissions on ground-level air quality and published the seminal work on the long spatial range of downwind impacts of aviation emission on ultrafine particles (read about her airport-related works in Los Angeles here, and Boston here). Explore more of her publications.

In her current role at Tufts, she leads the ambient, indoor and mobile monitoring activities for various federal grants and consulting works with city governments and community organizations.

Education: 
Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California, 2012
M.S., Environmental Quality Control and Management, University of Southern California, 2007
B.T., Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-BHU, 2006
Professional Experience: 
2018-present:

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University

2017:

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University

2012-2016:

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California

2014:

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University

2008-2012:

Research Assistant, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2020: Snowy Egret Award, Going Green and Healthy Environment, Eastern Queen Alliance, NYC
2020: Congressional Achievement Award
2020: Certificate of Achievement, New York State Senate
2020: City of New York City Council Citation
2014, 2018: American Chemical Society Editor's Choice
2011: Women in Science & Engineering Merit Fellowship, University of Southern California
2009: Air and Waste Management Association Fellowship
2002-2006: Foundation for Academic Excellence and Access Fellow, Ford Foundation