Lt Col Casey W. Cooper, Ph.D

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Lt Col Casey W. Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Hygiene at the Air Force Institute of Technology.  Prior to this assignment he served as an Air Force sponsored doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma and as the Bioenvironmental Engineering Flight Commander, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.   

Lt Col Cooper entered the Air Force in 2004 after receiving his commission as a Bioenvironmental Engineer through the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He has deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan and in support of Operation TOMODACHI during the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.


2004  Bachelor of Science, Environmental Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

2010  Master of Science, Environmental Engineering and Science, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, OH

2010  Master of Business Administration, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN

2019  Doctor of Philosophy, Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK


Air Mobility Command BSC Specialist Category I Field Grade Officer of the Year 2014

19th Medical Group Field Grade Officer of the Year 2014

711th Human Performance Wing Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, Oct - Dec 2011


Burdsall, C., Xing, Y., Cooper, C., Harper W. (2020). Bioaerosol emissions from activated sludge basins: Characterization, release, and attenuation. Science of The Total Environment, 753:  

Cooper, C., Aithinne, K., Stevenson, B., Black, J., Johnson, D. (2020) Comparison and Evaluation of a High Volume Air Sampling System for the Collection of Clostridioides difficile Endospore Aerosol in Healthcare Environments. American Journal of Infection Control48(11), 1354-1360. 

Cooper, C., Aithinne, K., Floyd, E. Johnson, D. (2019) A Comparison of Air Sampling Methods for Clostridium difficile Endospore Aerosol. Aerobiologia, 35(3): 411-420.

 Aithinne, K., Cooper C., Lynch, R., Johnson, D. (2018) Toilet Plume Aerosol Generation Rate and Environmental Contamination Following Bowl Water Innoculation with Clostridium difficile spore. American Journal of Infection Control, 47(5): 515-520.

 Cooper, C., Slagley, J., Lohaus J., Escamilla, E., Bliss, C., Semler, D., Felker, D., Smith, D., Ott, D. (2014)  Comparison of High-Volume Air Sampling Equipment for Viral Aerosol Sampling During Emergency Response.  Journal of Emergency Management, 12(2): 161-170.

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