Fernando Garcia Menendez

Assistant Professor

Dr. Fernando Garcia Menendez uses computational modeling and data analysis to explore interdisciplinary questions related to air pollution, climate change, and environmental policy. His research group’s work focuses on developing tools based on numerical methods, uncertainty analysis, and integrated assessment modeling to simulate interactions between environmental and human systems. He is a member of the Environmental, Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering and Computing and Systems research cores 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. 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.


Uncertainty in Health Impact Assessments of Smoke From a Wildfire Event
Johnson, M. M., & Garcia-Menendez, F. (2022), GEOHEALTH, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GH000526
Air quality modeling to inform pollution mitigation strategies in a Latin American megacity
East, J., Montealegre, J. S., Pachon, J. E., & Garcia-Menendez, F. (2021), Science of The Total Environment, 776, 145894. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145894
Application and evaluation of a low-cost PM sensor and data fusion with CMAQ simulations to quantify the impacts of prescribed burning on air quality in Southwestern Georgia, USA
Huang, R., Lal, R., Qin, M., Hu, Y., Russell, A. G., Odman, M. T., … Susan M. O'Neill. (2021), JOURNAL OF THE AIR & WASTE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, 4. https://doi.org/10.1080/10962247.2021.1924311
Beyond the Lab: Early Career Researchers May Find Purpose through Policy, Advocacy, and Public Engagement
Goldman, G. T., Ivey, C. E., Garcia-Menendez, F., & Balachandran, S. (2021), ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 55, pp. 2720–2721. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c00495
Potential impacts of prescribed fire smoke on public health and socially vulnerable populations in a Southeastern US state
Afrin, S., & Garcia-Menendez, F. (2021), SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 794, 148712. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.148712
Reducing human health impacts from power sector emissions with redispatch and energy storage
Luo, Q., Johnson, J. X., & Garcia-Menendez, F. (2021), Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability, 8. https://doi.org/10.1088/2634-4505/ac20b3
Climate Model Response Uncertainty in Projections of Climate Change Impacts on Air Quality
, (2020). In Springer Proceedings in Complexity. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-22055-6_69
The Influence of Prescribed Fire on Fine Particulate Matter Pollution in the Southeastern United States
Afrin, S., & Garcia‐Menendez, F. (2020), Geophysical Research Letters, 47(15). https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL088988
Towards an improved understanding of greenhouse gas emissions and fluxes in tropical peatlands of Southeast Asia
, (2020). Sustainable Cities and Society. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2019.101881
Wildfire and prescribed burning impacts on air quality in the United States
, (2020). Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 70(10), 961–970. https://doi.org/10.1080/10962247.2020.1813217

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Energy Data Analytics Ph.D. Fellows Program Phase II: Training the Next Generation of Energy Data Scholars (Qian Luo)
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation(5/01/21 - 8/31/22)
Southeastern Populations Impacted by Smoke: Recent Patterns and Possible Shifts Under Climate Change
US Dept. of Interior (DOI)(8/04/21 - 12/31/22)
Comparing the Costs of an Operational Prescribed Burning Program to those of Unplanned Wildfires
US Dept. of Interior (DOI)(1/01/20 - 12/31/21)
Optimal Use of Grid-Connected Energy Storage to Reduce Human Health Impacts
National Science Foundation (NSF)(11/15/19 - 10/31/22)
CAREER: A Modeling and Educational Framework to Support Air Quality Management in a Smoky Atmosphere
National Science Foundation (NSF)(8/15/18 - 1/31/24)
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)