AQ-SPEC Team Members
Andrea Polidori, Ph.D.
Atmospheric Measurements Manager
Dr. Andrea Polidori is the Atmospheric Measurements Manager for Science & Technology Advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). His primary responsibilities include the overall management of all SCAQMD ambient air monitoring network operations, special monitoring programs, and related projects. He is involved in the analysis of data collected from numerous field activities and air monitoring projects, and is currently leading the design, development and implementation of the Air Quality Sensor Performance Evaluation Center (AQ-SPEC), a program created to conduct comprehensive performance tests of commercially available, low-cost air quality sensors. He is also managing SCAQMD’s fence-line air monitoring program and is the Principal Investigator of the U.S. EPA Science To Achieve Results grant at the SCAQMD. Dr. Polidori received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences from Urbino University in Italy and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Vasileios Papapostolou, Sc.D.
Air Quality Specialist
Dr. Vasileios Papapostolou is an Air Quality Specialist for Science & Technology Advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He is responsible for the systematic evaluation of the performance of air quality sensors measuring NAAQS criteria pollutants and air toxics. He designs, develops and implements complex laboratory and field experimentation methods requiring state-of-the-art sampling and analysis techniques, conducts data analysis and theoretical evaluations of the experimental results. He also coordinates activities in the U.S. EPA Science To Achieve Results grant project. Prior to joining the SCAQMD, he was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health where he designed, developed and implemented air pollution health effects studies. Dr. Papapostolou received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece, his Master of Science in Exposure Assessment and Doctor of Science in Environmental Health degrees from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Brandon Feenstra, M.Sc.
Air Quality Specialist
Mr. Brandon Feenstra is an Air Quality Specialist for Science & Technology Advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He is responsible for the field deployment aspect of the AQ-SPEC evaluations and for designing deployable sensor solutions that can be incorporated into SCAQMD’s ambient air monitoring network. Mr. Feenstra received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, his Master of Public Administration, and his Master of Science in Earth & Environmental Sciences degrees from the California State University in San Bernardino.
Hang Zhang, Ph.D.
Air Quality Chemist
Dr. Hang Zhang is an Air Quality Chemist for Science & Technology Advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. She is responsible for conducting chamber testing experiments, data analysis, and generating laboratory and summary evaluation reports. Dr. Zhang received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemistry from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Berj Der Boghossian, M.Sc.
Air Quality Instrument Specialist II
Mr. Berj Der Boghossian is an Air Quality Instrument Specialist II for Science & Technology Advancement at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. He is responsible for the field deployment aspect of the AQ-SPEC evaluations. Mr. Der Boghossian received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Natural Sciences from University of California, Riverside and his Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from California State University, Fullerton. He has an Engineer-in-Training certification.