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Qian Zhang, a Ph.D. student studying Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, is the primary researcher on UL sponsored studies on the indoor air quality impact of 3D printing. Qian was recently awarded the coveted student poster award at the annual conference of The American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR), a premier nonprofit international organization that promotes and communicates technical advances in aerosol research. Her poster paper, Investigating Particle Emissions and Aerosol Dynamics from a Consumer Fused Deposition Modeling 3D Printer with a Lognormal Moment Aerosol Model, presented the development of a model for simulating the formation of particle emissions from operating 3D printers. UL and Georgia Tech, who teamed up for this pioneering research, released their findings at a Stakeholder Summit and have begun developing a consensus ANSI based standard for assessing and managing 3D printer emissions for healthy environments.

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