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VDM Publishing House, February 2010, Pages: 168
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is a professional engineer in the United States and holds a doctorate in environmental engineering. Wolfgang F.E. Preiser, Ph.D. was her academic adviser for this text. Her research focuses on the unintended consequences of engineered decisions, including the ethics of sustainability and air pollution exposure assessment.