Dr. Lai has been appointed as the Director-General of WRA since November 2016. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Director-General and the Chief Secretary of WRA, the Director of Southern Region Water Resources Office (Jul. 2011-Feb. 2014). His career in WRA started from being an engineer within the 4th River management Office, then the Chief within the Water Management Division, the director of Construction Division and the Chief Engineer within the Central Region Water Resources Office. He has extensive experience in the field of water resources management.
Dr. Lai received his master’s degree and Ph.D. in Soil and Water Conservation at National Chung-Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan. In 1998, he received scholarship for studying Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing System in the University of Florida. Also in 2001, he received the invitation as a visiting scholar for University of California, Berkeley on the topic of river ecological restoration.
During Dr. Lai’s career, he was dedicated to many important governmental projects, including the construction of levees, dikes and dams. During the Chi-Chi Earthquake, he hosted the emergency measure plan for the Cao Ling landslide dammed lake. He also hosted the Tseng Wen Reservoir trans-watershed diversion project and sediment sluicing tunnel project. Many projects under his leadership have received awards; for instance, the Improvement Project for the Tseng Wen Reservoir and the Headrace Channel Construction Project for the Hushan Dam, both received the Golden Quality Awards from Public Construction Commission. To recognize his hard work, WRA bestowed the Outstanding Senior Award on him in 2006, and the Executive Yuan awarded him the Model Civil Servant Award in 2007.