Richard J. Shaughnessy, Ph.D., has served as Director of the University of Tulsa’s Indoor Air Quality Research Program (TUIAP) in the Chemical Engineering Departmentsince 1987. His studies have focused on particulate research, air cleaner evaluation, indoor chemistry, school studies, asthma/housing research, resolution and remediation of bioaerosol-related problems, and, of recent, addressing COVID present day and sustainable practices in the future. He is experienced in field research in homes schools, and commercial environments, pertaining to measurements/tools related to characterization of IAQ.
He is currently furthering research studying associations between IAQ parameters in classrooms and student health/performance, and is actively working toward defining a basis for “clean” in schools which applies to to performance and health of students. These studies include work he has directed to compile robust data banks of information on residual biocontamination in other commercial hospitality and travel related densely occupied environments.
In addition, he recently concluded a large HUD grant to define what constitutes “normal” background fungal ecology in homes. He was a primary member of the ACGIH Bioaerosols Committee and contributing author to the 1999 ACGIH book on Bioaerosols: Assessment and Control, and contributing author and section editor to the AIHA document on Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Indoor Mold. Dr. Shaughnessy was a contributor and member of the technical review work group for the 2014 Healthy Housing Standard (American Public Health Association 2014).
Through 2009 – 2012, he served as President of The International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), and continues to work with the Society to translate science into practice. On behalf of ISIAQ, he is a co-chair for the upcoming Healthy Buildings- America conference being held in Hawaii in November 2021.
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