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George Alexander Ban-Weiss

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David M. Wilson Early Career Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Spatial Sciences


  • 2008, Doctoral Degree, University of California - Berkeley
  • 2005, Master's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, University of California - Berkeley
  • 2003, Bachelor's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, University of California - Berkeley


Ban-Weiss received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduate school he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Carnegie Institution, Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University. Prior to his position at USC, Ban-Weiss was a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Prof. Ban-Weiss was named by MIT Technology Review as one of the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35 (
). His research has also been widely featured by the Los Angeles Times, and Southern California Public Radio. See examples ( LA Times 1, LA Times 2, Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3). See Prof Ban-Weiss' personal website (linked to the right) for more information on research and a list of publications.

Research Summary

Professor Ban-Weiss group's broad research interests involve understanding how humans alter the environment from urban to global scales. His research focuses on the intersection of climate, air quality, and the land surface. In particular, Ban-Weiss uses field measurements to quantify gas and particle emissions from pollutant sources, aerial measurements to characterize urban land cover, and global and regional climate / air quality models to study the influence of anthropogenic aerosols and land cover change on global and regional climate / air quality. Additional research interests include 1) developing high spatial resolution emissions and surface albedo data for megacities, 2) developing novel measurement methods to characterize climatically relevant pollutant emissions, 3) evaluating the representation of particle-cloud interactions in climate models using satellite observations, and 4) synergistic approaches for reducing climate change and urban air pollution.

  • Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Spatial Sciences Institute

  • KAP 230C
  • Kaprielian Hall
  • 3620 South Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2531

Contact Information
  • (213) 740-9124
  • banweiss@usc.edu


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