Drew Michanowicz is a Visiting Scientist at Harvard Chan C-CHANGE and is also part of The Nature Conservancy’s NatureNet Science Fellows Program class of 2015.

Drew’s research interests are related to poorly understood and emerging environmental hazards on both global- and community-level scales. One such emerging issue is the penetration of renewables into an aging and poorly adaptable energy system. To better inform the public and policy makers, we are developing a national census-like database of determinants of energy infrastructural integrity, starting with underground natural gas storage. These data can be utilized to measure hazard consequence and triage management policies based on risks to public health. Additionally, Drew and colleagues are developing a 3D air quality monitoring drone using gas sensing technologies that can be deployed in spaces previously inaccessible to traditional sampling methods.

Drew received both a Master and Doctor of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. In 2009, Drew received an Environmental Health Risk Assessment Certification and passed the National Board Certification of Public Health exam.

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