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Raghu Betha

Rhagu BethaRaghu Betha is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering. He received his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from National University of Singapore. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, prior to joining Texas Tech. The primary focus of his interdisciplinary research is on direct and indirect hazards associated with anthropogenic activities and changing climate. Dr. Betha developed and used multiscale models to study livability hazards with large-scale forest fires and small residential fires, alternative fuels, airborne dust, and changing marine ecosystems. His research is driven by a combination of field-based, lab-based, and computational methodologies.  Dr. Betha published more than 30 peer-reviewed and acclaimed international journal articles in Journal of Geophysical Atmosphere, Environmental Science and Technology, Scientific Reports, Atmospheric Environment. He is currently a co-principal investigator on a 3-million-dollar NSF collaborative research study involving researchers from University of Alaska Fairbanks and Northern Arizona University. He is leading the air quality part on the project to study the improvement to ambient air quality by displacing wood use with electric thermal storage heating in the Interior Alaska.

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