Hamish Gordon is an assistant research professor with the Engineering Research Accelerator and the Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies. His research interests are focused on the effects of air pollution and natural airborne particles on clouds and climate. He received his first degree from the University of Cambridge in 2009, and his doctorate from the University of Oxford in experimental high energy physics in 2013. He moved to Carnegie Mellon from a postdoc position at the University of Leeds in 2019.

Gordon’s research in atmospheric science is based around developing weather prediction and climate models. He aims to help the models better represent airborne particulate matter and its effect on clouds. To improve the models, he simulates particular regions of interest at high resolution to study atmospheric processes. He compares the simulations with detailed observations of atmospheric properties. He has also participated in the collection of these observations, and in laboratory experiments designed to help improve models. He continues to be involved in the CLOUD experiment at CERN, where he worked from 2013 to 2016. This experiment studies the formation of new particles in the atmosphere from gases such as sulfuric acid. More recently, he also participated in an aircraft study of how smoke mixes into clouds above the south Atlantic Ocean.

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Understanding How Clouds Affect Earth’s Climate


2013 Ph.D., Physics, Oxford

2010 MS, Natural Sciences, Cambridge

2009 BA, Natural Sciences, Cambridge

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Faculty earn DOE Awards for Atmospheric Research

Carnegie Mellon University’s Coty Jen and Hamish Gordon have earned Department of Energy (DOE) awards for their work in atmospheric research.

Two engineering faculty projects awarded grants

The Accelerator’s Hamish Gordon and ECE’s Amritanshu Pandey were recently announced as winners of the Digital Transformation Institute awards, which this year focused on “digital transformation & AI for energy and climate security.”