Philip M. Fine, Ph.D.

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Assistant Deputy Executive Officer

Planning, Rule Development & Area Sources

Dr. Philip Fine is the Assistant Deputy Executive Officer for Planning, Rule Development & Area Sources at the South Coast Air Quality Management District.  In this role, Dr. Fine oversees a wide range of SCAQMD activities, including development of State Implementation Plans and the Air Quality Management Plan, strategies for particulate matter control, meteorology and forecasting, air quality evaluation, air toxics risk assessment, and rulemaking and enforcement for VOCs and area sources. Dr. Fine serves as SCAQMD’s member for the California Air Resources Board legislatively mandated Research Screening Committee.  Prior to his current position, Dr. Fine’s responsibilities at SCAQMD included oversight of ambient air monitoring, laboratory services, quality assurance, and source testing. 

Prior to joining the SCAQMD, Dr. Fine was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles where he taught courses and conducted extensive research on particulate pollution and its health effects, resulting in over 45 peer-reviewed scientific publications.  He received his Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology in Environmental Engineering Science, and his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.