Fred Minassian is Assistant Deputy Executive Officer for the Technology Advancement Office at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). In this capacity, he leads a group of staff responsible for research, development & demonstration of advanced technologies, as well as implementation of incentive funding programs for mobile sources.
Fred has Bachelor and Master degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Engineering Academy of Denmark and California State University, Northridge, respectively. Before joining the SCAQMD in 1987, he worked in the private sector for five years, including two years as a process engineer and three years in research and development. Fred worked at the SCAQMD’s Source Testing and Engineering Divisions for seven years prior to joining the Technology Advancement Office. Fred has also served as part-time faculty at the University of Phoenix for five years, lecturing in math and environmental science.
In his current role, Fred leads the implementation of SCAQMD’s research, development & demonstration program, as well as incentive funding programs such as the Carl Moyer, Lower-Emission School Bus, and other similar programs, with the objective of developing and demonstrating zero- and near-zero emission technologies, and accelerating penetration of commercialized low-emitting technologies into the on- and off-road fleet. Fred works closely with state, federal, and local agencies to leverage and ensure consistent funding for the SCAQMD’s incentive programs. These programs are the largest in the state, both relative to funding size and equipment diversity, and have contributed significantly to voluntary early emission reductions from mobile sources.