Indoor Air Quality Modeling

D. Pepper
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

In this presentation we consider the modeling of indoor air quality, and pollutant transport.

Today's aspects of indoor air quality unfortunately must include the potential risk of an attack with biological weapons. In this presentation, we illustrate the effect of such an attack.

In the present work, we also present numerical results for indoor air quality for a specific building, namely the JW Marriot hotel in Las Vegas.

Keynote speaker's biography
Darrell Pepper is presently Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Nevada Center for Advanced Computational Methods (NCACM) at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). He previously served as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering at UNLV from 2002-2003. In 2004 he was appointed an ASME Congressional Fellow and worked for Senator Feinstein as her senior staff member in Washington, DC where he handled science and engineering issues. Dr. Pepper is also Executive Vice President of Nevada Energy and Environmental Systems, which he founded in 2001. He previously served as Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering from 1996-2002, and founded the NCACM in 1996. He obtained his B.S.M.E., M.S.A.E., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri – Rolla.

Prior to his arrival at UNLV in 1992, Dr. Pepper held various technical and managerial positions with Dupont at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC, served as Chief Scientist for the Marquardt Company in Van Nuys, CA, and was CEO of a company he co-founded in southern California. He has given briefings to Congress and to several Presidential Science Advisors on modeling issues. Dr. Pepper has published over 200 technical papers on fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and environmental transport topics, and co-authored five textbooks on the finite element method, boundary element method, and indoor air quality. He is a consultant to industry and governmental laboratories on computational fluid dynamics and environmental modeling. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was a recipient of the 1996 Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award from UNLV, and the 1996 Distinguished Research Award from the College of Engineering. He was selected as a member of the Baldrige Board of Examiners in 2003 and sits on the ASME Committee for Engineering Accreditation for Mechanical Engineering programs and the ASME Board of Government Relations.

Dr. Pepper is Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Center for Energy Management and Building Technology, and is co-chair of a national conference on Water Quality, Drought, Human Health & Engineering, to be held in Las Vegas in October, 2006.

D. Pepper was one of the keynote speakers at the COMSOL User's Conference, fall 2006 in Las Vegas.