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Social Responsibility

Enabling the MIT Aerosol Study


Bill Martin and Daniel Cziczo

CME Energy and Bill Martin sponsored the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to enable and deploy state-of-the-art aerosol and cloud instrumentation to the Mount Washington Observatory at the summit of the highest peak in New England.

To date, Mount Washington has not yet been used for studies of aerosols and clouds. The study will help better understand the movement of aerosol particles in the free atmosphere and how they evolve as they move across the U.S.

Daniel Cziczo, Associate Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Department at MIT is leading the study group.  The Cziczo group deployed a novel cloud inlet to the summit of Mt. Washington for a two-week field campaign in April 2017. This “phase separation inlet”, called SPIDER (phaSe seParation Inlet for Droplets icE crystals, and aeRosols), is the first of its kind in the United States: it uses two pumped counterflow virtual impactors (PCVIs) and an actively cooled glass chamber to separate interstitial aerosols, cloud droplets and ice crystals from mixed-phase clouds.

professional & Personal Philanthropic Activities

Aside from CME Energy, William J. Martin has served on a number of boards, has helped finance the development of successful Off-Broadway plays and documentary films, and was a leader in the effort to create accessibility for people with mobility challenges, particularly paraplegics and quadriplegics.

NILP / Stavros Foundation

Mr. Martin was a national leader in the effort to make the United States accessible for people with mobility impairments. This effort led to the creation and passage of the American's with Disabilities Act, the reduction of many of the physical barriers to independent living, and the creation of such enhancements as curb-cuts and accessible public housing and buildings. In this regard, Mr. Martin is the cofounder of two leading organizations in the field, the Stavros Foundation, Amherst Massachusetts ( and the Northeast Independent Living Program {NILP}, North Andover, Massachusetts (, serving as a co-founder and director of each. In this role, Mr. Martin helped create programs, arranged project and company financing and managed the staff and operations of each organization.