Fernando Garcia Menendez

Assistant Professor

Dr. Fernando Garcia Menendez joined the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering as an Assistant Professor in January 2016. His research uses computational models to explore interdisciplinary questions related to air pollution, climate change, and environmental policy. He is associated with the Environmental, Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering and Computing and Systems research groups within the department.

Dr. Garcia Menendez received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He completed his M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM). Prior to joining NC State, he was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Center for Global Change Science and Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Garcia Menendez has also spent time working in industry and environmental advocacy.



Environmental Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Stanford University


Chemical Engineering

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Research Description

Dr. Garcia Menendez’s research interests include air quality, environmental policy, and high-performance computing. His research is focused on developing computational tools based on numerical methods, uncertainty analysis, and integrated assessment modeling to simulate interactions between environmental and human systems. Current research includes efforts to simulate the effect of forest fires on atmospheric chemistry, evaluate the impacts of climate change mitigation policies on air quality, and assess uncertainty in projections of health effects associated with air pollution.


Effect of Health-Related Uncertainty and Natural Variability on Health Impacts and Cobenefits of Climate Policy
Saari, R. K., Mei, Y., Monier, E., & Garcia-Menendez, F. (2019), Environmental Science & Technology, 53(3), 1098–1108. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.8b05094
Natural Variability in Projections of Climate Change Impacts on Fine Particulate Matter Pollution
Pienkosz, B. D., Saari, R. K., Monier, E., & Garcia‐Menendez, F. (2019), Earth's Future, 6. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019EF001195
Maximizing ozone signals among chemical, meteorological, and climatological variability
Brown-Steiner, B., Selin, N. E., Prinn, R. G., Monier, E., Tilmes, S., Emmons, L., & Garcia-Menendez, F. (2018), Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 18(11), 8373–8388. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-8373-2018
Maximizing Ozone Signals Among Chemical, Meteorological, and Climatological Variability
Brown-Steiner, B., Selin, N. E., Prinn, R. G., Monier, E., Tilmes, S., Emmons, L., & Garcia-Menendez, F. (2017), Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 11, 1–38. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2017-954
The role of natural variability in projections of climate change impacts on U.S. ozone pollution
Garcia-Menendez, F., Monier, E., & Selin, N. E. (2017), Geophysical Research Letters, 44(6), 2911–2921. https://doi.org/10.1002/2016GL071565
Atmospheric Plume Modeling with a Three-Dimensional Refinement Adaptive Grid Method
Odman, M. T., Hu, Y., & Garcia-Menendez, F. (2016), Air Pollution Modeling and Its Application XXIV. Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24478-5_67
U.S. Air Quality and Health Benefits from Avoided Climate Change under Greenhouse Gas Mitigation
Garcia-Menendez, F., Saari, R. K., Monier, E., & Selin, N. E. (2015), Environmental Science & Technology, 49(13), 7580–7588. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.5b01324
Simulating smoke transport from wildland fires with a regional-scale air quality model: Sensitivity to spatiotemporal allocation of fire emissions
Garcia-Menendez, F., Hu, Y., & Odman, M. T. (2014), Science of The Total Environment, 493, 544–553. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.05.108
Development and Evaluation of an Air Quality Model for Predicting the Impacts of Prescribed Burns
Odman, M. T., Yano, A., Garcia-Menendez, F., Hu, Y., Goodrick, S. L., Liu, Y., & Achtemeier, G. L. (2013, May 7), Air Pollution Modeling and Its Application XXII. Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5577-2_87
Fires and air
Odman, M. T., Hu, Y., Garcia-Menendez, F., Davis, A. Y., Chang, M. E., & Russell, A. G. (2013), EM, The Magazine for Environmental Managers, November, 12–21.

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CAREER: A Modeling and Educational Framework to Support Air Quality Management in a Smoky Atmosphere
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/15/18 - 7/31/23)
Quantifying Adverse Impacts of Smoke Exposure from the Fall of 2016 Southeast Wildfires on North Carolina Public Health
NCSU Center for Human Health and the Environment(7/01/17 - 6/30/18)
Southern Integrated Prescribed Fire Information System for Air Quality and Health Impacts
Joint Fire Science Program(10/01/16 - 6/30/19)