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Larry Olson

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Assoc Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 4280
Assoc Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 4280
Biography

Larry Olson is an associate professor and the program chair for environmental and resource management in the Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. His research focuses on the environmental and health aspects of hazardous chemicals, including nanoscale materials. He is also involved in innovative methods of water treatment and water resources management.

Olson holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Baylor University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois and has been a member of the Arizona State University faculty since 1989. Olson was a visiting professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels, Belgium; the University of Houston; Rice University and Baylor University.

His awards and honors include the President's Medal (ASU) for Social Embeddedness; Outstanding Professor (National Association of Industrial Technology), and Teacher of the Year (ASU Polytechnic).

Education
  • Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.S. Chemistry, Baylor University
Research Interests

Olson's research focuses 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.

Olson is the Program Chair for Environmental and 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. His expertise includes environmental chemistry, water resources management, and international environmental policy.

Publications

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, Volumes 605–606, 15 December, Pages 166-171.

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. “Environment and War,” (2017), Journal of Environmental Management Arizona, Vol 15, No, 2, p. 11

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

7. "Water in the American West, Parts I, II and III," (2015), Larry W. Olson, Journal of Environmental Management Arizona, Vol 13 (No. 2, p. 10; No. 3, p.11; No. 4, p. 10).

Research Activity
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 595Continuing Registration
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 527Enviro/Resources Regulations
ERM 584Internship
ERM 593Applied Project
ERM 595Continuing Registration
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
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
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ERM 480Senior Project
ERM 593Applied Project
ERM 595Continuing Registration
Honors / Awards
  • President's Medal (ASU) for Social Embeddedness
  • Outstanding Professor (National Association of Industrial Technology)
  • Teacher of the Year (ASU Polytechnic)