Eugenia Mirica, PhD – Franco Seif, PE – Joe Spurgeon, PhD – Sampling Surface Char in Residential Properties Impacted by Wildfire Smoke

Air Date: 12-10-2021|Episode 648

This week on IAQ Radio+ we welcome Eugenia Mirica PhD, Franco Seif PE and Joe Spurgeon PhD for a discussion on Sampling Surface Char in Residential Properties Impacted by Wildfire Smoke. There is a gathering interest in research, standards and guidelines related to wildfire smoke assessment, exposure and cleaning. This is a topic that would have been even more in the news if it was not for the COVID pandemic. Check out this week’s articles and links for several new studies being announced etc. and join us today at noon to learn more on the best methods for evaluating the impact of wildfire smoke in the built environment.

Eugenia Mirica, PhD is the Laboratory Director of the Materials Science Laboratory at EMSL Analytical in Cinnaminson, NJ. She earned her doctoral degree in Materials Science from Stevens Institute of Technology. Her expertise involves the use of complex analytical methodologies for the identification and comprehensive morphological and chemical characterization of a large array of materials and the ability to correlate the resulting information to materials properties and their performance.

Franco Seif, PE is President and Chief Executive Officer of Clark Seif Clark, Inc. (CSC). He is also a co-founder of CSC. Franco been a leader in the environmental and engineering industry for over 3 decades. He started his environmental and engineering consulting career at Camp Dresser & McKee, Boston, MA, in 1985. In 1987 he worked as a consultant for EPI, Center, a small industrial hygiene company, Santa Monica, CA. In 1990, Mr. Seif started an environmental consulting firm, Californian Environmental Consultants, that provided asbestos, indoor air quality, and Phase I & phase II environmental site assessment services to a small group of clients. In 1996, Mr. Seif joined forces with Brian Clark and Robert Clark to form CSC. Mr. Seif is also active in the community. He sits on the board of directors of St. Anne’s, a non-profit organization that provides care to abused young pregnant, mothers and their babies. Mr. Seif also sits on the advisory committee of the American Council of Accreditation and Certification (ACAC), a certifying body for the indoor air quality professional. Mr. Seif hold a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, Ma, and a master’s of science degree in engineering management from Drexler University, Philadelphia, PA. He holds a professional engineering registration in the State of California, and he is an asbestos consultant with the California Occupational, Safety and Health Administration.

Joe Spurgeon, PhD has a multidisciplinary doctorate degree in Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Health from the University of Pittsburgh; and was a Certified Industrial Hygienist from 1993 – 2013. His career has included working as a research chemist on the NBS Lead-Paint Poisoning Program, directing the FAA’s Combustion Toxicology Laboratory, performing Health Assessments for CDC/ATSDR, implementing US EPA’s Laboratory Exposure Assessment Project, and working as a consultant specializing in microbial indoor air quality for US PHS. He has performed over 4,000 residential and commercial investigations involving water intrusions and microbial contaminants; has taught courses on mold investigations, sampling, and data interpretation methods; and has served as an expert witness in numerous mold cases. Articles from Dr. Spurgeon are available at His books are available at

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