Welcome to CEE

Blake Actkinson is a doctoral candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University where he works on understanding Houston's air pollution. Blake works with Dr. Griffin, performing spatial analyses of air pollutants to understand Houston's air pollution on fine spatial scales. Blake graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Chemical Engineering, where he worked on constructing a NOx denuder to strip instrument exhaust streams of NOx. When not coding, Blake enjoys spending his time running, singing, and losing games of online chess.


Miller, D. J.; Actkinson, B.; Padilla, L.; Griffin, R. J.; Moore, K.; Lewis, P. G. T.; Gardner-Frolick, R.; Craft, E.; Portier, C. J.; Hamburg, S. P.; Alvarez, R. A. Characterizing Elevated Urban Air Pollutant Spatial Patterns with Mobile Monitoring in Houston, Texas. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2020, 54 (4), 2133–2142. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.9b05523.

Research Areas

Urban air pollution source apportionment and spatial analysis.