Vicken (Vic) Etyemezian

Research Professor, Desert Research Institute
Vic Etyemezian

Contact Information


  • Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 1998
  • M.S., Johns Hopkins University, 1994
  • B.S., California Institute of Technology, 1993
  • B.A., Occidental College, 1993


Dr. Etyemezian currently holds the position of Research Professor in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences of the Desert Research Institute.

He is active in several ongoing research projects including two DoD studies focusing on dust emissions and quantification from military activities, characterization of playa dust emissions from Mojave basins, measurement of emissions of particulate matter from fires in the Mojave and Great Basin Deserts as well as measurement of post-fire aeolian dust emission potential, continued development of a portable wind tunnel-like device for measuring aeolian sediment transport, and identifying controls on wind erosion on Steppe landscapes in Mongolia.

Dr. Etyemezian's research interests and specialties include direct measurement and quantification of atmospheric pollutant emissions, source apportionment, designing research instrumentation, and analysis of spatial data.