W. Geoffrey Cobourn, D.Sc.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
214 Sackett Hall
Dr. W. Geoffrey Cobourn currently teaches courses in the areas of fluid mechanics, air pollution control, sustainable energy, and turbomachinery and. His research experience and interests are in the areas of air pollution control and measurement, ground-level air quality modeling forecasting, and industrial energy conservation. Dr. Cobourn and his students developed and implemented the automated Kentucky Air Quality Forecast System (KAQFS), used for ground-level ozone and fine particulate matter air quality forecasts in Louisville and other regional communities. Ongoing research projects include development of enhanced air quality models using online data assimilation, and effects of climate change on air quality.
D.Sc. in mechanical engineering, Washington University, 1979.
M.Sc. in mechanical engineering, Washington University, 1977.
B.Sc. in mechanical engineering, University of Missouri, 1972.
Original appointment as assistant professor - 1982.
Promoted to associate professor, with tenure - 1988.
Promoted to professor - 1995.
Portion of time committed to teaching- 45 percent.
Portion of time committed to research and scholarly activities - 45 percent.
Portion of time committed to institutional and professional service - 10 percent.
1980-1981, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Research scientist,
Mechanical Engineering Department.
Spring 1980, University of Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden. Visiting scientist, Department of Meteorology.
1976-1979, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. Research assistant, Mechanical Engineering Department.
1973-1975, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mechanical engineer, Steam Turbine Division.
1994-1995, LG&E Energy Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky.
Consultant, air quality data analysis.
1995, Cummins Engine Company, Inc., Columbus, Indiana. Consultant, fuel pump performance analysis.
1992, Gordon-Darby, Inc., Louisville, Kentucky. Consultant, vehicle emissions testing: quality assurance.
1985, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories, Richland, Virginia. Consultant (UofL contract), airborne air pollution instrumentation.
1984, Jefferson County Pollution Control Board, Louisville, Kentucky. Quality assurance consultant, Vehicle Emissions Testing Program (VET).
1982, Canadian Environment Service, Ontario, Canada. Consultant, airborne air pollution instrumentation.
Cobourn, W.G., An enhanced PM2.5 air quality forecast model based on nonlinear regression and back-trajectory concentrations, Atmospheric Environment, 44(25), 3015-3023, 2010.
Cobourn, W.G., "Accuracy and Reliability of an Automated Air Quality Forecast System for Ozone in Seven Kentucky Metropolitan Areas," Atmospheric Environment, 41(28), 5863-5875, 2007.
Lin, Y. and Cobourn, W.G., "Fuzzy System Models Combined with Nonlinear Regression for Daily Ground-Level Ozone Predictions," Atmospheric Environment, 41(16), 3502-3513, 2007.
Cobourn, W.G., "Updated Trends in Meteorologically Adjusted Ozone Concentrations in Seven Kentucky Metro Areas," 2000-2004 AWMA Conference on Environmental Data Analysis, Oak Brook, IL, October 4-5, 2005.
Cobourn, W.G. and Lin, Y., "Trends in Meteorologically Adjusted Ozone Concentrations in Six Kentucky Metro Areas, 1998-2002," Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association, 54, 1383-1393, 2004.
Scientific and Professional Societies
- Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA)
Institutional and Professional Service
- Chair, Mechanical Engineering Program Assessment Committee
- Member, University Committee on Academic Publications
Professional Development Activities
- Advisor to the KAIRE (Kentuckiana Air Education) program
- Reviewer, Atmospheric Environment, Journal of Air and Waste Management, and Science of the Total Environment
- Principal Investigator or co-principal investigator on several externally funded research projects ($1,600,000 total) in the areas of air pollution control, energy conservation and green manufacturing
- Participant in the University of Louisville Green Threads series of workshops on incorporating sustainability into the curriculum