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School of Health Sciences Personnel - Neil J. Zimmerman

Neil J. Zimmerman, Ph.D., P.E., CIH
Professor Emeritus of Health Sciences
Fax: 765-496-1377

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B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, IL 1971
M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 1976
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 1980

Research: Industrial Hygiene

Dr. Zimmerman is interested in a wide range of topics related to the broad area of Industrial Hygiene, including exposure assessment and sampling strategy issues, ventilation and personal protection equipment control issues, and indoor air quality issues. Current studies include: the development and testing of a number of relatively nontoxic chemicals that can act as antifungal agents when used to treat building materials such as carpet and drywall; the development of a method to utilize a building or home's used furnace filter as a surrogate to predict the average concentration of mold in the air of the ventilated space; investigations into ways to modify furnace filters with activated charcoal to reduce organic vapors involved in indoor air quality problems; the development and validation of a prototype device to allow bioaerosol impactor samplers to operate in high mold concentration areas without overloading; conducting an initial exposure assessment of ultrafine perticulate in school buses resulting from diesel engine exhaust.

Representative Publications

Heber, A., Peugh, M., Zimmerman, N., and Linton, R., Poultry Slaughter Plants: Ventilation System Performance, ASHRAE Transactions, 108(2):129-144 2002.
Lutgring,K., Linton, R., Zimmerman, N., Peugh, M., and Heber, A., Distribution and Quantification of Bioaerosols in Poultry-Slaughtering Plants, J. Food Protection, 60(7), 804-810, 1997.
Zimmerman, N., Schellenberg, D., McCabe, G. and Glickman, L., Precision Field Study and Radon Chamber Test of a New Alpha-Track Monitor, Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 8(7):632-638, July, 1993.
Zimmerman, N. J., Occupational Health Laws, Standards and Guidelines, in The Work Environment - Vol. 1, Occupational Health Fundamentals, Ed. Doan Hansen, CRC Press, Inc., Lewis Publishers, Boca Raton, FL, 1991.
Zimmerman, N. J., Eberts, C., Salvendy, G., and McCabe, G., Effects of Respirators on Performance of Cognitive, Psychomotor and Physical Tasks, Ergonomics, 34(3):321-334, 1991.
Zimmerman. N.J., Reist, P.C., and A. Turner, A Comparison of Viable Aerosol Sampler Methods, J. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 53(1):99-104, 1987.
Landolt, R.R., Zimmerman, N.J., and D.D. Brekke, Measurements of Effluent Radioactivity During the Incineration of Carcasses Containing Radioactive Microspheres, Health Phys., 48(3): 339-341, 1985.
Zimmerman, N.J., and P.C. Reist, The Critical Orifice Revisited: A Novel Low Pressure Drop Critical Orifice, Amer. Indust. Hyg. Assoc. J. 45(5):340-344, 1984.
Landolt, R.R., T.P. Barton, G.S. Born, V.R. Morris, R.J. Vetter and N.J. Zimmerman, Evaluation of a Small, Inexpensive Incinerator for Institution Radioactive Waste, Health Physics, 44(6):671-675, 1983.

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