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Dr. Ruben Delgado received a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico in 1995 and 2004, respectively. He received his Ph.D. in 2008, also from the University of Puerto Rico, for his dissertation work entitled “Observations and Modeling of Sporadic Metal Layers over the Arecibo Observatory”. Since November 2006, he has been a Research Associate at JCET. Currently, he is working with the Atmospheric Physics Group at UMBC, under the supervision of Dr. Raymond M. Hoff, in research involving active atmospheric measurements of atmospheric aerosols and gases with LIDAR. He has published four refereed journal articles about LIDAR measurements and chemical models of the mesospheric potassium layer.
During his career, he has also carried out computational and experimental research involving laser photolysis of gas phase polyatomic species followed by probing of the nascent radicals and ions with Laser Induced Fluorescence and Time-of Flight Mass Spectroscopy.
Elastic and Raman lidar measurements to measure the vertical distribution of aerosols, water vapor and gases. These measurements aid in the assessment of whether exceedances of air pollutants and particulate smaller than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area are due to local sources or long-range transport. These active remote sensing lidar measurements support the NOAA CREST Lidar Network (CLN), which monitors air quality in the vertical from multiple locations on the eastern coast of the United States, the North American Global Atmospheric Watch: Aerosol Lidar Observation Network, and Nocturnal Low Level Jet studies, sponsored by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).
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