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David Kormos takes top honors at Denman

David Kormos, a senior majoring in environmental engineering, was among the winners announced for the 24th annual Richard J. and Martha D. Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, held on February 20, 2019. 

David was awarded first place in the Engineering: Chemical and Environmental category for his research project Modeling Water Uptake of Dust in the Indoor Environment. Kormos investigated how elevating relative humidity conditions in the indoor environment can affect the growth of dust using models that exist for atmospheric particles. He observed how these atmospheric particles reacted with relative humidity conditions, and then tested to see if dust behaved the same way. "This research will be used to inform future studies about how microbes grow in the indoor environment when exposed to moisture, and will be
helpful in creating a more holistic view of the indoor environment and what we as humans are exposed to," he said.

This research was conducted during David's work as a member of the Indoor Environmental Quality Laboratory, directed by Karen Dannemiller, Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering. He expressed gratitude for his research experiences at Ohio State. "Getting involved with research as an undergrad has been exhilarating," he stated. "Learning how to apply different concepts I have learned in the classroom to a real world setting, creating and trying to solve complex problems, and working alongside some amazing faculty and other students have allowed me to grow academically and professionally." David will continue his air quality research endeavors at Virigina Tech, where he was recently admitted into its grdauate program.

The Denman Undergraduate Research Forum is presented annually by Ohio State's Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry. The judged competition is limited to 200 Ohio State undergraduate students who will graduate during the academic year in which the forum is held.