James Schauer


Ph.D., environmental engineering science, Caltech;
M.S., environmental engineering, University of California-Berkeley;
B.S., chemical and petroleum refining engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Departments & Organizations

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering



James J. Schauer is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and serves as the director of the Water Science and Engineering Laboratory and a core faculty member of the Environmental Chemistry and Technology Program.

He also serves as the director for air quality at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, which operates as part of the University of Wisconsin. Schauer received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering science from the Caltech, his M.S. in environmental engineering from the UC-Berkeley and his B.S. degree in chemical and petroleum refining engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. Schauer has previously worked in the chemical and petroleum refining industry as a chemical process engineer and has helped commission and start-up large chemical facilities in Asia, Europe, North America and Africa.

Schauer’s research focuses on the use of advanced chemical analysis and air pollution sampling techniques to understand the chemical composition of source emissions and atmospheric pollutant concentrations. These methods are being used to understand the origin of impact of air pollutants in the urban atmosphere, human health, the ecosystems and global climate change.

Schauer has authored and co-authored more than 200 peer reviewed manuscripts in leading environmental science, environmental engineering and air pollution journals, which have been collectively cited over 7000 times. He is the recipient of the 2008 Romnes Faculty Award, the 2006 American Association of Aerosol Research Keneth T. Whitby Award, the 2002 Health Effects Institute Rosenblith Young Investigator Award and the 2001 Haagan-Smit Award from the Atmospheric Environment Journal.

Schauer is a guest professor at Peking University in Beijing, China, and a lead author for the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report Working Group III addressing mitigation of climate change associated with transport.