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Profiles of Members of EPA's Asian-American and Pacific Islander Community: Harry Shah

Profiles of Members of EPA's Asian-American and Pacific Islander Community

Harry ShahHarry Shah, Environmental Engineer
Multimedia Division
Dallas, TX

Where were you born?


What brought you to EPA?

After my graduation, I worked with an engineering consulting firm as thermal/process engineer. My role was designing/revamping industrial heaters and boilers under NOx abatement program. That inspired me to work on the regulating side of the program and hence, I joined EPA.

What type of work do you do at EPA?

As an Environmental Engineer, I coordinate with one or more states in EPA Region 6, on a variety of technically complex requirements on treatment, storage, and disposal of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act hazardous waste, while providing oversight for hazardous waste permitting. As a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, I facilitate and lead regional projects to improve the efficiency. Being a task order contracting officer representative, I develop task orders, lead contract negotiations, and manage timely execution of the contract. I am involved in regulating the emissions resulting from combustion of hazardous waste in incinerators, and boilers.

What is your highest level of education? What was your major?

I have a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering.

What message would you like to send other Asian Americans who are considering college or a career in environmental protection?

An education in an environmental field is extremely rewarding. A career with EPA has a wide scope. There are multiple program covering protection of air, water, and land. There are opportunities ranging from developing policy, permitting, inspection, enforcement, legal counsel, and community outreach. There is a learning opportunity by transferring between the programs.

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