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.

Education

Ph.D.

Environmental Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

M.S.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Stanford University

B.S.

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.

Publications

Characterizing and quantifying uncertainty in projections of climate change impacts on air quality
East, J. D., Monier, E., & G-Menendez, F. (2022), ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 9. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ac8d17
Diverse Pathways for Power Sector Decarbonization in Texas Yield Health Cobenefits but Fail to Alleviate Air Pollution Exposure Inequities
Luo, Q., Copeland, B., Garcia-Menendez, F., & Johnson, J. X. (2022), Environmental Science & Technology. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.2c00881
Inferring and evaluating satellite-based constraints on NOx emissions estimates in air quality simulations
East, J. D., Henderson, B. H., Napelenok, S. L., Koplitz, S. N., Sarwar, G., Gilliam, R., … Garcia-Menendez, F. (2022, July 25). , . https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2022-435
Supplementary material to "Inferring and evaluating satellite-based constraints on NOx emissions estimates in air quality simulations"
East, J. D., Henderson, B. H., Napelenok, S. L., Koplitz, S. N., Sarwar, G., Gilliam, R., … Garcia-Menendez, F. (2022, July 25). , https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2022-435-supplement
The health and climate benefits of economic dispatch in China’s power system
Luo, Q., Garcia-Menendez, F., Yang, H., Deshmukh, R., He, G., Lin, J., & Johnson, J. (2022, July 7). , (Vol. 7). Vol. 7. https://doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-1751096/v1
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

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Grants

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 - 12/31/23)
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 - 10/31/23)
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)