Ron Petersen, Ph.D., CCM, Principal and Vice President, has over 35 years of experience in modeling atmospheric dispersion and meteorology. Ron’s current focus includes the following:
- Consulting on legal cases involving the impact of pollutants. Ron uses numerical, wind tunnel, and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling along with meteorological data analysis to provide factual information supporting the cases.
- Determining Good Engineering Practice (GEP) stack heights based on nearby terrain features and buildings that are taller than typical height for industrial clients.
- Creating droplet and particulate deposition predictions, useful for forecasting droplets released from towers or stacks on building surfaces and in the downwind community.
- Mapping site-specific wind speeds for wind energy, erosion, evaporation, and wind environment applications.
Ron has published over 80 peer reviewed papers and over 500 technical reports. He has presented and Chaired sessions at AMS, A&WMA, EUEC, ASHRAE, AIChe, ASME and Laboratories for the 21st Century Conferences on topics related to pollutant dispersion, as well as given short courses on the topic. Ron has a PhD in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University, an MS in Atmospheric Science and a BS in Mathematics, both from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
In his current role at CPP, Ron continues to advance evaluations and assessments in air quality, atmospheric dispersion, and wind-tunnel and numerical modeling, particularly as they relate to industrial facilities.