Hannah M. Horowitz

 Hannah M. Horowitz
Hannah M. Horowitz
  • Assistant Professor
3219 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg

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  • Ph.D. Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, 2017
  • M.S. Environmental Science and Engineering, Harvard University, 2016
  • B.A. Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard College, 2011


Dr. Hannah M. Horowitz joined the CEE department as an Assistant Professor in January 2020. She is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the department of Atmospheric Sciences. Her research focuses on the interactions between human activity, atmospheric chemistry, climate, and pollution, through developing and applying global models. Previously, she was an NSF Atmosphere and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean (JISAO) Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences and M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Harvard University. Her awards include a certificate of distinction in teaching, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and GROW with USAID Research and Innovation Fellowship, and frequent presentation awards at conferences. Dr. Horowitz enjoys engaging in public scientific outreach and diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM activities.

Academic Positions

  • Affiliate Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Atmospheric Sciences, August 2020 - present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Civil and Environmental Engineering, January 2020 - present
  • NSF AGS and JISAO Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Washington, Atmospheric Sciences, 2017 - 2019

Research Statement

Dr. Horowitz’s research focuses on the coupling between human activity, climate, biogeochemistry, and pollution, with the goals of informing policy and protecting human and ecosystem health. Questions guiding her research include: How do we get from human activity all the way to environmental and health impacts? How can we improve predictions of impacts to serve society? Examples of Dr. Horowitz’s specific interests are: understanding atmospheric chemistry- and aerosol- climate interactions, predicting future air quality, and assessing impacts of climate change on environmental pollution. In her work, she develops and uses global numerical models at a hierarchy of complexities (simple box models to coupled 3-D Earth system models) informed by analysis of observations and theory.

Research Interests

  • Atmospheric chemistry - climate interactions
  • Air quality in a changing climate
  • Biogeochemical cycling of toxic pollutants
  • Global earth system modeling
  • Air quality impacts of climate engineering and greenhouse gas removal

Selected Articles in Journals

Professional Societies

  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, Member
  • Earth Science Women's Network, Member
  • American Meteorological Society, Member
  • American Geophysical Union, Member

Other Outside Service

  • Science Communication Fellow and Volunteer, Pacific Science Center, Seattle, WA, January 2018 - December 2019


  • 15th Atmospheric Chemistry Colloquium for Emerging Senior Scientists (ACCESS XV) (2019)
  • Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Studies (SOLAS), Early Career Scientist Presentation Award (2019)

Research Honors

  • NSF Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2017-2019)
  • JISAO Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2017-2019)

Recent Courses Taught

  • ATMS 420 (CEE 447) - Atmospheric Chemistry
  • CEE 330 - Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 595 EWS - EWES Seminar

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