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Larry Olson

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Biography

Associate Professor, Environmental & Resource Management, The Polytechnic School, Fulton Schools of Engineering

Dr. Olson holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in chemistry from Baylor University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Illinois and has been a member of the Arizona State University faculty since 1989. He is currently an Associate Professor and Program Chair of Environmental & Resource Management in the Polytechnic School, Fulton Schools of Engineering, at the ASU Polytechnic campus. Dr. Olson has been a Visiting Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel(VUB) in Brussels, Belgium; the University of Houston, Rice University, and Baylor University.

Expertise

Environmental chemistry, water resources management, international environmental policy

Research Interests

Dr. Olson's research on environmental and health aspects of hazardous chemicals, including nanoscale materials.  He is also involved in innovative methods of water treatment and water resources management.

Recent publications include:

1.“Ranking nano-enabled hybrid media for simultaneous removal of contaminants with different chemistries:  pseudo-equilibrium sorption tests versus column tests,” (2017) Tomas Custodio, Jose J. Garcia, Jasmina Markovski, Mac Gifford, Kiril Hristovski, and Larry Olson, Science of the Total Environment, accepted

2. "Implications for Regulating Nanomaterial Containing Wastes:  Hazardous Waste or Not, That is the Question" (2016), Kiril Hristovski and Larry Olson, Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste, 20 (1),B4014003.

3. "Potential Health Implications of Water Resources Depletion and Sewage Discharges in the Republic of Macedonia, (2016) Kiril D. Hristovski, Tatjana Pacemska-Atansosova, Larry W. Olson, Jasmina Markovski, and Trajce Mitev, Journal of Water and Health 14.4, p.682.

4. "Comparative Analysis of Existing Water Resources Data in the Western Balkan States of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia," (2016), Jasmina Markovski, Kiril D. Hristovski, and Larry W. Olson, Chemistry and Water: The Science Behind Sustaining the World's Most Crucial Resource, S. Ahuja (Ed.), Elsevier, pp. 301-327.

5. "How a Lack of Understanding Chemistry Doomed Flint, Michigan" (2016), Larry W. Olson, Journal of Environmental Management Arizona, Vol 14 (No 2) p. 11.

6. "Water in the American West, Parts I, II and III," (2015), Larry W. Olson, Journal of Environmental Management Arizona, Vol 13 (No. 2, 3, and 4).

 

 

 

Awards

President's Medal (ASU) for Social Embeddedness; Outstanding Professor (National Association of Industrial Technology); Teacher of the Year (ASU Polytechnic)

Research Interests

 

 

Dr. Olson is the Program Chair for Environmental & Resource Management and directs a certificate program in Water Resources Management that is a collaborative effort of the Fulton Schools of Engineering, Morrison School of Agribusiness, and the Agribusiness and Water Council of Arizona.  He is also the PI for several grants involving hazardous materials training in the southwestern U.S., Mexico, and tribal lands. 

Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 492Honors Directed Study
ERM 494Special Topics
ERM 503Principles of Toxicology
ERM 506Chemistry of Hazardous Mtrls
ERM 592Research
ERM 595Continuing Registration
ERM 598Special Topics
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 593Applied Project
ERM 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 406Environmental Chemistry
ERM 428Intl Environmental Management
ERM 484Internship
ERM 493Honors Thesis
ERM 494Special Topics
ERM 522Air Pollution & Toxic Chemical
ERM 528Intl Environmental Management
ERM 593Applied Project
ERM 595Continuing Registration
ERM 598Special Topics
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 484Internship
ERM 493Honors Thesis
ERM 494Special Topics
ERM 506Chemistry of Hazardous Mtrls
ERM 540Intl Environmental Law/Policy
ERM 592Research
ERM 593Applied Project
ERM 595Continuing Registration
ERM 598Special Topics
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 522Air Pollution & Toxic Chemical
ERM 584Internship
ERM 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 406Environmental Chemistry
ERM 428Intl Environmental Management
ERM 484Internship
ERM 503Principles of Toxicology
ERM 528Intl Environmental Management
ERM 592Research
ERM 593Applied Project
ERM 595Continuing Registration
ERM 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-CTIThe ASU Experience
ERM 428Intl Environmental Management
ERM 484Internship
ERM 494Special Topics
ERM 499Individualized Instruction
ERM 506Chemistry of Hazardous Mtrls
ERM 540Intl Environmental Law/Policy
ERM 592Research
ERM 593Applied Project
ERM 595Continuing Registration
ERM 598Special Topics
ERM 599Thesis
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 480Senior Project
ERM 593Applied Project
ERM 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 406Environmental Chemistry
ERM 428Intl Environmental Management
ERM 484Internship
ERM 494Special Topics
ERM 522Air Pollution & Toxic Chemical
ERM 528Intl Environmental Management
ERM 592Research
ERM 593Applied Project
ERM 595Continuing Registration
ERM 598Special Topics
ERM 599Thesis
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CTI 101Success in Tech & Innov
ERM 407Occupational Hygiene
ERM 499Individualized Instruction
ERM 503Principles of Toxicology
ERM 506Chemistry of Hazardous Mtrls
ERM 523Soils/Grndwater Contamination
ERM 592Research
ERM 593Applied Project
ERM 595Continuing Registration
ERM 599Thesis
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 428Intl Environmental Management
ERM 484Internship
ERM 528Intl Environmental Management
ERM 584Internship
ERM 592Research
ERM 593Applied Project
ERM 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 406Environmental Chemistry
ERM 428Intl Environmental Management
ERM 507Industrial Hygiene
ERM 528Intl Environmental Management
ERM 592Research
ERM 593Applied Project
ERM 595Continuing Registration
ERM 598Special Topics
ERM 599Thesis
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ETM 407Occupational Hygiene
ETM 499Individualized Instruction
ETM 506Chemistry of Hazardous Mtrls
ETM 522Air Pollution & Toxic Chemical
ETM 567Information Tech in Emerg Mgmt
ETM 592Research
ETM 593Applied Project
ETM 595Continuing Registration
ETM 599Thesis
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ETM 294Special Topics
ETM 428Intl Environmental Management
ETM 528Intl Environmental Management
ETM 592Research
ETM 593Applied Project
ETM 595Continuing Registration
ETM 598Special Topics
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ABS 484Internship
ETM 503Principles of Toxicology
ETM 507Industrial Hygiene
ETM 523Soils/Grndwater Contamination
ETM 540Intl Environmental Law/Policy
ETM 592Research
ETM 593Applied Project
ETM 595Continuing Registration
ETM 599Thesis