James Southerland is Senior Environmental Engineer with the North Carolina Division of Air Quality. He is in charge of coordination and production of emission factors and of public information and outreach activities related to the technologies of air quality. Previous positions include Chief of the Emissions Inventory Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; Chief of the Non-criteria Pollutant Branch, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; and Commissioned into the U.S. Public Health Service with assignment at the National Center for Air Pollution Control, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mr. Southerland holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics from Tusculum College, a Bachelor Science of Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee, and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina. He has received seven awards from the U.S. Environmental Protection, the highest being a Bronze Metal, and three awards from the U.S. Public Health Service for his professional contributions and accomplishments.
Mr. Southerland became involved in the field of air quality management, prior to the formation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has been a major participant in the development of the U.S. EPA’s guidance on estimating emissions from a wide variety of sources, including electric generating facilities, industrial facilities, and mobile sources. He has also developed and presented numerous short courses to state and local agency personnel on the methodologies for estimating and preparing emission inventories.