Curtis Plotkin joins UCLA as new AVC

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Curtis Plotkin has joined UCLA as its new assistant vice chancellor for environment, health and safety, overseeing a team of more than 70 employees across administration; environmental, occupational and safety programs; research safety and high containment program; UCLA Fire; and the UCLA Office of Emergency Management.

Before joining UCLA, Plotkin served as director of environmental health and safety at UC Davis since 2014. He spent eight years at Cal State Fullerton, where he served as director of environmental health and safety from 2012–14 and the campus’s environmental compliance officer from 2006–12. Plotkin has also worked as a consultant with industrial and military sites, managed hazardous waste, and was part of emergency response teams involving train derailments and refinery disasters.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in geology from Cal State Dominguez Hills and a master’s in contaminant hydrogeology from Cal State Los Angeles.