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Michael Waring

Michael Waring, PhD

Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering

College of Engineering

Contact:

michael.s.waring@drexel

215.895.1502

Waring is the head of the Indoor Environment Research Group at Drexel. He studies indoor air quality, this includes: how to monitor it, the effect of various household and external chemicals on it, how particles form indoors and their effect on air quality, and how to improve indoor air quality. Waring’s lab is responsible for monitoring the air quality effects of Drexel’s biowall. He is also conducting research on the effects of household cleaners on indoor air quality. Waring has been interviewed about his work regarding ventilation, remediation and mitigation of airborne toxins in buildings, and risk factors associated with carrying chemicals from the outdoor environment into the home on shoes and clothing.

More information about Waring

For news media inquiries, contact Britt Faulstick at bef29@drexel.edu, 215.895.2617 (office) or 215.796.5161 (cell).

 

In the News

  • Want Clean Indoor Air? Don’t Bank on Houseplants

    Research by Michael Waring, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, about how the effectiveness of houseplants at removing air pollutants has been overstated, was mentioned in a March 18 Green Building Advisor post.

  • Sorry, Houseplants Don’t Really Purify the Air in Your Home

    Research by Michael Waring, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, was featured in a March 11 CityLab story about his findings that houseplants don’t actually improve indoor air quality.


  • A Popular Benefit of Houseplants Is a Myth

    Michael Waring, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, was quoted in a March 9 Atlantic story debunking the myth that houseplants improve air quality.

  • Third-hand Smoke Could Linger for Decades, Study Reports

    Michael Waring, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, was quoted in a June 25 Science Recorder post about his research with Peter DeCarlo, PhD, also an associate professor in the College, and Anita Avery, PhD, who was a doctoral student in the college, on the persistence of third-hand smoke chemicals indoors.

  • Sealed Inside

    Michael Waring, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, was quoted in a May 10 Politico story about indoor air pollutants and how we can create clean-breathing buildings.

  • Why Your Favorite Air Freshener May Be Doing More Harm Than Good

    Michael Waring, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, was featured in an Sept. 3 Philadelphia Inquirer story about threats to indoor air quality.

  • Pine, Orange, Lavender... What Should 'Clean' Really Smell Like?

    Michael Waring, PhD, an associate professor in the College of Engineering, was featured in an April 30 WHYY/Newsworks story about his research on the effects of scented cleaning products on indoor air quality.

  • The Cleaning Ingredient That Could Contaminate Your Indoor Air

    Michael Waring, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering, was quoted in a Nov. 3 post on Rodale News.com about his study on scented household cleaners and air fresheners.

  • GreenSpace: Unvented gas stoves are an asthma risk

    Michael Waring, PhD, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering, was quoted in an Oct. 26 Philadelphia Inquirer story about the health risks associated with unvented gas stoves.

  • Drexel And Its Amazing Living Plant Wall

    Dr. Michael Waring an assistant professor in the College of Engineering, Dr. Jacob Russell, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Shivanthi Ananda, associate professor in the College of Arts & Sciences, were mentioned in Earth Techling for their study on the five-story living biowall of plants in the Constantine Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building.

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    Do You Think Before You Breathe? Drexel Survey Finds Broad Misperceptions About Impact of Cleaner Indoor Air

    Do you know how easy it is to improve the quality of the air you breathe every day?  Or how much indoor air quality affects your health and productivity?  If you’re not sure, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey by a group of Drexel University environmental and architectural engineering researchers, there is quite a bit of confusion about the costs and benefits of indoor air quality improvement—even among building owners, designers, managers and tenants.

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    Clean Smell Doesn't Always Mean Clean Air

    Some of the same chemical reactions that occur in the atmosphere as a result of smog and ozone are actually taking place in your house while you are cleaning. A researcher in Drexel’s College of Engineering is taking a closer look at these reactions, which involve an organic compound -called limonene- that provides the pleasant smell of cleaning products and air fresheners. His research will help to determine what byproducts these sweet-smelling compounds are adding to the air while we are using them to remove germs and odors.