Faculty & Staff Details

Doug Eisinger

Douglas S. Eisinger, Adjunct Associate Professor

Degree: Ph.D., University of Wales, United Kingdom, 2005.

Office Location: Saunders 445
Phone Number: 707-665-9900
Fax Number:
Email: doug@sonomatech.com


Ph.D., University of Wales, United Kingdom, 2005.: Environmental Policy Analysis

M.P.P. Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government 1986.: Energy & Environmental Policy

B.A. Cornell University, 1981.: Government Major, Biology and Chemistry Minor

Courses Taught

GEOG 404 - Atmospheric Pollution


Dr. Eisinger has over 25 years of public and private sector experience. His main interest is in promoting the development of more effective public policies to control air pollution and climate change. In addition to being an adjunct UH faculty member, Dr. Eisinger is the director of transportation policy and planning at Sonoma Technology, Inc. (STI), an air quality research firm. He has been with STI since 1995. From 1997 to 2010, he served as the program manager for the U.C. Davis – Caltrans Air Quality Project. From 1991 to 1995, he was the mobile sources section chief for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in San Francisco. From 2006 to 2007, he was a fellow in environmental regulatory implementation at Resources for the Future. Since the 1980s, he has completed numerous air quality and climate change-related studies, including projects sponsored by EPA, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, California Air Resources Board, California Department of Transportation, California Bureau of Automotive Repair, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and other government agencies. He is a member of the U.S. Transportation Research Board, Transportation and Air Quality Committee. In 2006, he was selected as a national transportation – air quality expert by the Center for Environmental Excellence at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. He has taught at UH since 1998.  


  • Eisinger D. (2010) Smog Check: Science, Federalism, and the Politics of Clean Air. Resources for the Future Press. Washington, D.C. (ISBN 9781933115726).

  • Journal Articles

  • Timoshek A., Eisinger D. S., Bai S., and Niemeier D. (2010) Mobile source air toxic emissions: sensitivity to traffic volume, fleet composition, and average speed. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2158, 77-85 (doi: 10.3141/2158-10).

  • Karner A., Eisinger D.S., and Niemeier D. (2010) Near roadway air quality: synthesizing the findings from real-world data. Environ. Sci. Technol. 44 (14), 5334-5344 (doi: 10.1021/es100008x).

  • Chen H., Bai S., Eisinger D.S., Niemeier D., and Claggett M. (2009) Predicting near-road PM2.5 concentrations: comparative assessment of CALINE4, CAL3QHC, and AERMOD. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2123, 26-37 (doi: 10.3141/2123-04).

  • Karner A., Eisinger D.S., Bai S., and Niemeier D. (2009) Mitigating diesel truck impacts in environmental justice communities: transportation planning and air quality in Barrio Logan, San Diego. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2125, 1-8 (doi: 10.3141/2125-01).

  • Eisinger D. and Wathern P. (2008) Policy evolution and clean air: The case of U.S. motor vehicle inspection and maintenance. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 13D (6), 359-368 (ISSN 1361-9209).

  • Kear T., Eisinger D., Niemeier D., and Brady M. (2008) US vehicle emissions: Creating a common currency to avoid model comparison problems. Transportation Research Part D-Transport and Environment 13, 168-176.

  • Eisinger D.S., Niemeier D.A., Stoeckenius T., Kear T.P., Brady M.J., Pollack A.K., and Long J. (2006) Collecting driving data to support mobile source emissions estimation. Journal of Transportation Engineering 132 (11), 845-854.

  • McCarthy M.C., Eisinger D.S., Hafner H.R., Chinkin L.R., Roberts P.T., Black K.N., Clark N.N., McMurry P.H., and Winer A.M. (2006) Particulate matter: a strategic vision for transportation-related research. Environ. Sci. Technol. 40 (18), 5593-5599.

  • Eisinger, D.S. (2005)Evaluating inspection and maintenance programs: a policy-making framework. J. Air & Waste Manage. Assoc. 55, 147-162 (STI-2400).

  • Eisinger D.S. and Niemeier D.A. (2004) Transportation control measures: federal requirements and State Implementation Plan development considerations. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (No. 1880), 59-70.

  • Eisinger D.S., Dougherty K., Chang D., Kear T., and Morgan P.F. (2002) A reevaluation of carbon monoxide: past trends, future concentrations, and implications for conformity “hot-spot” policies. J. Air & Waste Manag. Assoc. 52, 1012-1025.

  • Eisinger D.S., Niemeier D., and Brady M.J. (2002) Conformity: The new force behind SIP deadlines. Air & Waste Manag. Assoc.’s EM, January, 16-25.

  • Eisinger D.S., Simmons R.A., Lammering M., and Sotiros R. (1991) Screening radon risks: a methodology for policy makers. J. Reg. Toxic. Pharm. 14, 245-260.

  • Eisinger D.S., Peacock M.C., and Falk S.B. (1989) Solving the United States national park overflight dispute. Environ. Mgmt. 13, 149-157.