August 31, 2010
David Ensor Promoted to RTI International Distinguished Fellow
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.—David Ensor, Ph.D., has been promoted to RTI International Distinguished Fellow, from Senior Fellow, by President and CEO Victoria Haynes, effective Sept. 1.
With nearly 40 years of experience in aerosol and air pollution research, Ensor is a leading expert in filtration, indoor air quality, aerosol exposure and cleanroom technology.
Since joining RTI in 1980, he has worked tirelessly to build the institute's technical programs and business, including positioning RTI to win major PM2.5 contracts sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
From 1984 to 1995, he served as director of the Center for Environmental Technology, and from 1995 to 2002 as senior program director for aerosol technology within the Center for Engineering and Environmental Technology. His work included managing EPA's Environmental Technology Verification Program in Indoor Air Products.
Ensor served as director of the Center for Aerosol Technology from 2002 to 2008, being responsible for verification programs in homeland security, electrospray/electrospinning research, personal exposure quantification, aerosol sampling methods development and bioaerosols research.
As Senior Fellow in the Engineering Technology Unit since 2008, he has overseen development of research programs in nanotechnology and aerosol technology, including advancing the nanofiber effort towards commercialization.
Ensor was one of the first individuals appointed to the Fellow Program in 2002 following its establishment in 2001. An active contributor to the program, he has taken a leading role in the RTI Fellow Program Symposia, including chairing the first such event in 2003 and organizing sessions for subsequent ones.
He is a consistent contributor to scientific literature, including 80 peer-reviewed publications and 15 book chapters, and has given more than 200 presentations to major national and international conferences. He helped found the American Association for Aerosol Research and the research journal Aerosol Science and Technology. He holds eight U.S. patents and is currently editing an RTI Press book on aerosol history.
Ensor's numerous professional honors include the 2009 James Mildon Award for Nanotechnology Standardization, given by the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (IEST); election to Fellow of the American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR) in 2008; and election to Fellow of American Society for Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in 2003.
His awards also include the Hammer Award from the White House (under the Clinton administration) and the Meritorious Service Award from the American National Standards Institute.
His professional service includes contributing to international standards development as a United States delegate to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Ensor holds master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Washington, and a bachelor's degree from Washington State University. In May of this year, he was honored at Washington State with the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering Distinguished Alumnus Award.