Division of Environmental Health
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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- Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management, University of California, Davis, 1986
- Masters Coursework in Environmental Management, University of San Francisco, 1980-81
- California Teaching Credential, SDSU & United States International University (now Alliant Univ.), 1977
- BA, Physical Science & Biology, San Diego State University, 1975
Bob Kard is a former science teacher who has now spent nearly 38 years in the field of air pollution control at four air pollution control agencies in two states. He developed several innovative programs that include mobile air monitoring vans for sampling the ambient air and testing smokestack emissions (including using modeling & meteorological backtracking of air pollutants to their emission points). Bob created an automated burn permit and smoke management system for agricultural burning in the San Joaquin Valley which allowed burning based on meteorological conditions, current air quality, crop type, the expected emissions, geography, and the affected downwind receptors. That system worked to better protect air quality and people from the impacts of smoke from open burning. He also developed a system utilizing x-ray fluorescence to test agricultural wood waste for contaminants that are not allowed if the wood is to be burned. This system gives results in under 2 minutes and avoids week-long delays caused by expensive, traditional laboratory analyses. In 1991 he created the first-ever paperless field inspection program for gasoline dispensing facilities utilizing early tablet computers with memory cards. Although he loves to educate the regulated community to help them comply with the manifold complex regulations, Bob has a long track record of strong enforcement in protecting the air we breathe.