Southern California Chinese-American Environmental Protection Association

About SCCAEPA

Southern California Chinese-American Environmental Protection Association (SCCAEPA) is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization. Since its establishment in 1991, SCCAEPA experienced growth and expansion over the past 30 years. There are currently more than 500 members who are scientists, engineers, professors, students, and environmental professionals working in sectors of government, municipalities, and consultants. More than 90% of SCCAEPA members have advanced degrees (Masters or Doctorates).

We enhance communication and information exchange and provide environmental education and awareness among the Chinese-Americans in environmental related fields by participating in community services and making alliances with other associations.

We Bridge the knowledge between members with technical expertise and the related fields to assist in resolving environmental issues. Award student scholarship and recognize distinguished individuals and organizations in their outstanding contributions to the environmental awareness.

We promote the communication and cooperation between the Chinese-American environmental professionals in governmental agencies and private organizations.

Board of Directors

Scarlett Xihong Zhai, Ph.D., P.E.

President

  • Senior engineer/project manager at the California Department of Toxic Substance Control
  • Nearly 20 years of experiences in site assessment and remediation, Manages complex projects on brownfield reclamation and revitalization.
  • Instructor on environmental topic workshops
  • Authored several chapters in Fundamentals of Environmental Site Assessment and Remediation

Yiping Cao, Ph.D.

Vice-President

  • Environmental Supervisor, Orange County Sanitation District.
  • Former Scientist at Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board, CTO at Source Molecular, Senior Scientist at Southern California Coastal Water Research Project.
  • 20 years of experience in water quality, microbial contamination, and molecular technology.
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology, UCSB.

John Xiong, Ph.D., P.E.

Vice-President

  • Emerging Contaminants Practice Leader at Haley & Aldrich, Inc
  • Former Senior Vice President for a major engineering firm
  • A leading environmental consultant and remediation expert for over 15 years
  • PhD in Civil Engineering from the Auburn University
  • Numerous peer-reviewed publications, published abstracts, and two patents on environmental technologies

Fan Xu, Ph.D.

Vice-President

  • Works at the South Coast Air Quality Management District, implementing incentive programs for clean technologies 
  • Experiences in air quality and health risk assessments for highway construction projects, toxics emitting facilities, and development projects
  • Ten years of experiences in environmental consulting firm working on occupational exposure assessments, indoor air quality investigation, and ambient air monitoring
  • Ph.D. in Health Science from Purdue University

Tim Chen

Treasurer

  • More than eight years experiences in water resources planning and water/wastewater infrastructure design
  • Project Manager at Geoscience Support Services
  • Graduated from USC Environmental Engineering (M.S.)

Yuxiang (Ethan) He

Secretary

  • Work experience in subsurface investigation, soil and groundwater contamination, wastewater treatment design, environmental monitoring and regulatory compliance & permitting.
  • Environmental Engineer at AECOM.
  • Director of Next Generation Committee (NGC), former NGC chair.
  • Master of Science – Loyola Marymount Univ., Los Angeles, CA.

Xiaosong (Jason) Chen, Ph.D.

Board Member

  • Director of Engineering and Design for thermal remediation in GEO
  • Nearly 20 years of experiences in design and management environmental remediation projects since 2002
  • Instructor at multiple LAEF workshops
  • Worked in the U.S. EPA, consultant companies and national environmental laboratories
  • PhD in civil engineering from University of Florida

Xiao (Isaac) Dai

Board Member

  • Vice-President of Zeneng Environmental Technology Ltd,
  • Services in water and wastewater treatment, soil and groundwater remediation, solid waste management, site investigation, engineering management, environmental monitoring and laboratory testing
  • Over 10 years experiences in both business development and environmental consulting
  • Developed and launched the new online portal for Los Angeles Environmental Forum (LAEF)
  • Former co-chairman LAEF Subforum in Harbin

Jia Fan

Board Member

  • Associate Director focusing on decarbonization & clean energy at ENGIE 
  • Six years’ professional experience in environmental engineering, sustainability, groundwater remediation, construction management and project control 
  • Has expertise of applying advanced analytics, data science, and digital solutions to support data-informed decision at different project stages like business development, EPC execution, procurement, and operation 
  • B.S. in Environmental Science from Donghua University of China and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from University of Southern California 
  • A LEED Accredited Professional specialized in Building Design and Construction

Iris Huang, P.E.

Board Member

  • Principal Project Manager at Parsons Corp.
  • Life-time member of SCCAEPA
  • Over 20 years of experience in design and management of wastewater treatment plants, distribution systems, wastewater collection systems, storm water drainage systems, and pump stations.
  • Co-authored numerous professional papers on wastewater and gas emission treatment

Elaine Shen, Ph.D.

Board Member

    • Planning & Rules Manager at the South Coast Air Quality Management District
    • Developing innovative strategy and programs to reduce air pollutant emissions associated with regional and international goods movement, specifically in association with marine port and railyard operations; overseeing socioeconomic impact assessments for the Agency’s proposed regulations and long-range plans
    • Prior experience as a senior researcher at a LA-based economic research and consulting firm and at a global economic think tank, with work published in top-tier journals and cited by local and international media outlets
    • Ph.D. in economics from Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium and postdoctoral research at Université de Genève in Switzerland

Michael E. Shiang, P.G., C.Hg

Board Member

  • CEO, Director of Environmental Services Principal Hydrogeologist ADvTECH Environmental, Inc.
  • Over 40 years of experiences in hydrogeological assessments and groundwater contaminant investigations, basin wide hydrogeological studies, remedial engineering and clean-up technology development, multi-phase contaminant fate and transport evaluations, stormwater and TMDL compliance, project management and environmental litigation support
  • B.S. in Geology/Hydrology from Boston University, and M.S. in Environmental Studies from California State University, Fullerton
  • Working on PhD in at Walden University

Ying Song, Ph.D.

Board Member
  • Ph.D from the University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Senior engineering geologist and unit chief at the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Author of several chapters in the book of Fundamentals of Environmental Site Assessment and Remediation
  • Subject Matter Expert for California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists
  • Graduate student research advisor at California State University, Dominguez Hills and Los Angeles

Kenny Wang, Ph.D.

Board Member

  • Water Resources Control Engineer at Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Over 14 years of experiences in water quality monitoring, Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) development, watershed management, storm water management, and impaired waterbody 303(d) List evaluation
  • Former research associate at the California Institute of Technology, studying physicochemical processes at the solid-liquid interface
  • Ph. D., Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California (USC)

Tong Wu

Board Member

  • An environmental engineer at Arcadis 
  • Four years of experience in the design, operation and maintenance of soil vapor extraction, groundwater treatment and thermal remediation systems.
  • Master in Environmental Engineering from the University of Southern California
  • Former Director of Activity on SCCAEPA-NGC (Next Generation Committee).

Chawn Y. (CY) Jeng, Ph.D.

Director-at-Large

  • Staff toxicologist at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)
  • Former Senior Manager at ENVIRON International Corporation
  • Over 25 years of experiences in health risk assessment, indoor air vapor intrusion evaluation, contaminant fate and transport modeling, and risk-based corrective actions
  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison

Weixing Tong, Ph.D., P.G., ChG, CEG

Los Angeles Environmental Forum Chair
  • Ph.D from the University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Senior engineering geologist and unit chief at the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Author of several chapters in the book of Fundamentals of Environmental Site Assessment and Remediation
  • Subject Matter Expert for California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists
  • Graduate student research advisor at California State University, Dominguez Hills and Los Angeles

Invited Advisors

David Cheng, Ph.D.

President, Accord Engineering Inc. (retired)

David Chou, Ph.D.

Manager, Air Resources Board, Cal EPA

Eddy Chou, Ph.D.

Director, Tetratech Inc.

Jinghui Niu

President, Environ Strategy Consultants Inc. (retired)

Chengwen Wang, Ph.D.

Director, Institute of the Water Supply and Drainage, Tsinghua University, China

Jet-Chau Wen, Ph.D.

Professor of Department of Safety, Health, and Environmental Engineering. Director of Research Center for Water & Soil Resource and Natural Disaster Prevention. National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan.

Elaine Chang, Ph.D.

Deputy Executive Officer, Planning, Rule Development and Area Resources South Coast Air Quality Management District (retired)

Walter Den, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering Tunghai University

Jason Wen, Ph.D.

Director, Department of Water Resources, City of Lakewood, USA

Jimmy Chi-Ming Kao, Ph.D.

Professor, Institute of Environmental Engineering National Sun Yat-Sen University President, Taiwan Association of Soil and Groundwater Environmental Protection

Youkuan Zhang, Ph.D.

Professor, South China University of Science and Technology, China

Zhong Ma, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Renmin University of China (retired)

David Lin

President, P&W International Enterprises Inc.

Steve Fan

Plant Manager, Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant City of Los Angeles (retired)

Zhongbiao Wu, Ph.D.

Vice-Dean, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Zhejiang University, China

Yue Rong, Ph.D.

Program Manager, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region, USA

Jingsong Zhang, Ph.D.

Professor, University of California Riverside, USA

Ning-Wu Chang, Ph.D.

Sr. Hazardous Substance Engineer, Department of Toxic Substance Control, Cal EPA (retired)

J. J. Lee, Ph.D.

Professor, University of Southern California, USA

Elaine Chang, Ph.D.

Professor, University of California Riverside, USA

Elaine Chang, Ph.D.

Professor, Guangdong University of Technology. Director, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, China. Chinese Academy of Science

Yu-Sung Yeh, Ph.D.

General Manager of Envimac Technology and Consultants Corp., Taiwan

About SCCAEPA

Southern California Chinese-American Environmental Protection Association (SCCAEPA) is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization. Since its establishment in 1991, SCCAEPA experienced growth and expansion over the past 30 years. There are currently more than 500 members who are scientists, engineers, professors, students, and environmental professionals working in sectors of government, municipalities, and consultants. More than 90% of SCCAEPA members have advanced degrees (Masters or Doctorates).