Faculty affiliates

Trish Koman

Research Investigator, Environmental Health Sciences; Faculty Research Program Manager, College of Engineering

Trish Koman has long been an advocate for public health protection as a scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and now the University of Michigan. She conducts research develops policy on environmental health issues, with a particular emphasis on protecting at-risk populations from air pollution. While at EPA, Dr. Koman was the principal author of landmark national air pollution standards for the fine particulate matter that successfully withstood a challenge to the US Supreme Court. She established an international program to reduce diesel emissions from seaports, initiated the Clean School Bus USA partnership program to protect children’s health, and managed multi-disciplinary benefit-cost analyses, regulatory programs, and technological innovation initiatives. At the University of Michigan, Dr. Koman’s community-engaged scholarship includes climate change vulnerability mapping, wildland fire smoke exposure studies, as well as health studies related to air pollution, obesity and cardiopulmonary health. In 2020 she was recognized with the American Public Health Association Environment Section’s Distinguished Service Award. She earned a masters degree in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan.