Lea Hildebrant Ruiz

Headshot of Dr. Lea Hildebrandt RuizLea Hildebrandt Ruiz is an Assistant Professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She received a PhD in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011, and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

She was a recipient of the NSF Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and the EPA STAR and NSF graduate research fellowships. Dr. Hildebrandt Ruiz has recently been elected the 2013-2014 programming chair for the Aerosol Chemistry working group of the American Association for Aerosol Research.

Dr. Hildebrandt Ruiz’s research focuses on air quality, especially atmospheric nanoparticles (“aerosols”), which have adverse effects on human health and a highly uncertain effect on climate. Her research tools include laboratory experiments using an environmental chamber located at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, ambient measurements, and mathematical modeling. The ultimate goal of Dr. Hildebrandt Ruiz’s research is to make better-informed recommendations for environmental policies aimed at improving air quality and human health. Her near-term projects include quantifying the effects of aerosols on reactive nitrogen chemistry and ozone production in Texas and improving the understanding of atmospheric chlorine chemistry.