Donna Kenski

Data Scientist

P: 847-720-7883


Ph.D, Public Health, 1997, University of Illinois at Chicago

M.S., Public Health , 1992, University of Illinois at Chicago

B.A., Biology, 1977, Blackburn College, Carlinville, IL

Professional Experience

Data Scientist, 2000-present, Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium, Des Plaines, IL

Environmental Scientist, 1996-2000, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Chicago, IL

Research Specialist, 1989-1996, UIC SPH-EOHS, Chicago, IL

Policy Analyst, Technical Editor, 1980-1989, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL

Professional Affiliations

Academic Appointment: Adjunct Associate Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago.

Journal Reviewer:  ES&T, JAWMA, J. Env. Eng., Atmos.Env.

Interests and Expertise

  • Source-receptor modeling and other observation-based models for source attribution of PM2.5 and haze
  • Ensemble trajectory analysis
  • Conceptual model development integrating ambient data with theoretical and laboratory observations
  • Visual display of quantitative data
  • Development and field testing of advanced monitoring technologies

Advisory Panels

Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, Statutory Committee, 2007-2009; 2016-2018.  The statutory committee of CASAC provides independent reviews to EPA of all national ambient air quality standards. 

Clean Air Scientific Advisory Subcommittees:  Ozone, PM2.5, SO2, NOx/SOx/PM2.5 Secondary Effects, Ambient Air Monitoring and Methods

EPA Board of Science Counselors, Air, Climate, and Energy subcommittee, 2014-2017.


Risch, M.R., and Kenski, D.M., Spatial Patterns and Temporal Changes in Atmospheric-Mercury Deposition for the Midwestern USA, 2001–2016, Atmosphere, v. 9:29; doi:10.3390 (Jan 2018) [Link]


Risch, M.R., Kenski, D.M., Gay, D.A., A Great Lakes Atmospheric Monitoring Network: Evaluation and Design, Atmospheric Environment 85:109-122 (March 2014).


Stanier, C.O., Singh, A., Adamski, W., Baek, J., Caughey, M., Carmichael, G.R., Edgerton, E., Kenski, D., Koerber, M., Oleson, J., Rohlf, T., Lee, S.R., Riemer, N., Shaw, S., Sousan, S., Spak, S. Spak, S., Baek, J., Carlson, J., Carmichael, G., Kim, Y.J., Riemer, N., Stanier, C.O., Overview of the LADCO Winter Nitrate Study: Hourly Ammonia, Nitric Acid and PM2.5 Composition at an Urban and Rural Site Pair During PM2.5 Episodes in the U.S. Great Lakes Region. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. Vol. 12, pp. 1-12.  doi:10.5194/acp-12-1-2012.


Sullivan, A.P., N. Frank, D.M. Kenski, J.L. Collett, Application of High-Performance Anion-Exchange Chromatography – Pulsed  Amperometric Detection for Measuring Carbohydrates in Routine Daily Filter Samples Collected by a National Network: 2. Examination of Sugar Alcohols/Polyols, Sugars, and Anhydrosugars in the Upper Midwest, J. Geophys. Res.  116, D08303, doi:10.1029/2010JD014169 (Feb 2011).


Dong, M. D. Yang, Y. Kuang, D.He, S. Erdal, and D. Kenski, PM2.5 Concentration Prediction Using Hidden Semi-Markov Model-Based Times Series Data Mining, Expert Systems with Applications, 36(5): 9046-9055 (July 2009).


Koerber, M., D. Kenski, and K. Baker, Regional Air Quality Planning for Ozone in the Midwest, Environmental Manager (January 2008).


Hall, B.D., H. Manolopoulos, J.P. Hurley, J. J. Schauer, V.L. St. Louis, D. Kenski, J. Graydon, C.L. Babiarz, L.B. Cleckner, and G.J. Keeler, Methyl and total mercury in precipitation in the Great Lakes region, Atmos. Env. 39:7557-7569 (Nov. 2005)


Kenski, D.M., M. Koerber, H.R. Hafner, M.C.McCarthy, N.J.M. Wheeler, Lessons Learned from Air Toxics Data: A National Perspective, Environmental Manager  (June 2005).


Kim, E., P.K. Hopke, D.M. Kenski, and M. Koerber, Sources of Fine Particles in a Rural Midwestern U.S. Area, Environ. Sci. Technol., 39 (13), pp 4953–4960 (2005)


Koerber, M., and D.M. Kenski, Case for Using Weight-of-Evidence Demonstrations in State Implementation Planning, Environmental Manager (April 2005).


Sheesley, R.J., J.J. Schauer, E. Bean, and D. Kenski, Trends in Secondary Organic Aerosol at a Remote Site in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Env. Sci. and Tech. 38(24); 6491-6500 (Oct 2004).


Foley, T.A., C.S. Rendahl, and D.M. Kenski, Effect of Reformulated Gasoline on Ambient Carbon Monoxide Concentrations, J. Air and Waste Management Association 53:1005 (Aug. 2003).


Scheff, P.A., R.A. Wadden, D.M. Kenski, J.Chung, and G.Wolff, Receptor Model Evaluation of Southeast Michigan Ozone Study Ambient VOC Measurements, J. Air and Waste Management Assoc. 46:1048-1057 (Nov. 1996).


Kenski, D.M., R.A. Wadden, P.A. Scheff, and W.A. Lonneman, Receptor Modeling Approach to VOC Emission Inventory Validation, J. Environ. Eng. (July 1995).