Rajan Chakrabarty

Associate Professor of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

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Biography

Chakrabarty’s research group addresses grand challenges associated with complex environmental systems while working at the forefront of fundamental aerosol science and engineering.

Some of those challenges include those associated with radiative forcing by carbonaceous aerosols as well as researching the environmental determinants of infectious disease transmission and the effectiveness of non-pharmaceutical containment strategies.

Chakrabarty joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. His research contributions have been recognized with several prestigious honors, most notably the 2019 Kenneth T. Whitby award (AAAR); 2019 Schmauss award (GAeF); 2018 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Global Environmental Change Early Career award; the 2017 Richard M. Goody award by the electromagnetic light scattering and remote sensing community; and a 2015 NSF CAREER award.

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Predicting chaos using aerosols and AI

Predicting chaos using aerosols and AI

Using aerosols as ground truth, researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a deep learning method that accurately simulates chaotic trajectories — from the spread of poisonous gas to the path of foraging animals.