Dr. Laki Tisopulos is the Deputy Executive Officer responsible for overseeing and directing the operation of the Office of Engineering & Permitting at SCAQMD. The Office of Engineering & Permitting is a multi-unit office of approximately 160 skilled professionals engaged in engineering evaluation and permitting of equipment, processes and state-of-the-art control equipment employed by more than 27,000 local stationary sources. Such sources include RECLAIM, Title V and other large, medium and small facilities operating within SCAQMD’s four-county jurisdiction. In his current capacity, he is actively pursuing efforts to upgrade, modernize and streamline SCAQMD’s permitting activities, improve transparency and customer service.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Tisopulos served as the Assistant Deputy Executive Officer for the Office of Science & Technology Advancement at the SCAQMD, where he led the ambient air and special purpose monitoring, source testing, laboratory analysis, and quality assurance functions of the agency. During his tenure with the Office of Science & Technology, he actively pursued modernization efforts of SCAQMD’s monitoring and analytical capabilities through the introduction and experimentation of state-of-the-art instrumentation, fenceline optical remote sensing technologies and air quality sensors.
Dr. Tisopulos was previously the Assistant Deputy Executive Officer of Planning, Rule Development & Area Sources where his responsibilities included directing the development of the nation’s most innovative air pollution control programs, including regulations and programs to reduce emissions from chemical process plants, refineries and other stationary and area sources. Dr. Tisopulos was extensively involved in developing many regulatory flexibility programs, as well as coordinating development activities of the Air Quality Management Plan.
Dr. Tisopulos joined SCAQMD in February 1988. During his career with SCAQMD, he acquired in-depth experience that spans the entire spectrum of the air quality regulatory field. His experience includes permitting, planning, rule development, enforcement, ambient air monitoring, source testing and laboratory analysis relating to stationary, area, mobile and transportation sources, and consumer products. Many of the innovative and pioneering programs that Dr. Tisopulos has worked on have been shared with and emulated by other states and countries.
Dr. Tisopulos holds a Doctorate and Master's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a California Professional Engineer License. He is a member of and volunteer for the Air & Waste Management Association, where he previously served as a Director and Vice President for its Board of Directors and Chair of its West Coast Section.