Adam Schultz joined UC Davis in January 2014 as the Program Manager of the UC Davis Energy Institute where he oversees daily operations of this campus-wide research institute. Adam is leading the effort to secure approval of an Energy Graduate Group at UC Davis that would award M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in one of two tracks: (1) Energy Science & Technology, and (2) Energy Policy & Management. He is also working with faculty and researchers across the campus to develop interdisciplinary research proposals in energy, in addition to facilitating collaboration and networking opportunities between our faculty, researchers, and students with industry and government. Prior to joining UC Davis, Adam was a Senior Analyst at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in San Francisco where he led the development and oversight of California’s wholesale renewable distributed generation procurement programs. Adam graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and with a J.D. from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York City.
Paul Gruber is Executive Director of the STEPS research consortium, disseminating knowledge of alternative fuel and vehicle transitions to decision makers in government and industry. Prior to joining STEPS, he completed a global analysis of lithium availability and demand for electric vehicles with researchers at the University of Michigan and Ford Motor Company. While in Michigan he helped launch an advanced battery management startup company, and he co-wrote and won a $35 million Department of Energy manufacturing grant for a cathode materials producer.
Paul has also worked as a business development consultant in China and Mexico, completing industrial and residential water resource projects, and as a management consultant at Kaiser Associates in D.C. He also has interest in international development, previously managing Strategies for International Development, a non-governmental organization working to eliminate rural poverty and build democratic practice in Latin America.
Mrs. Dahlia Garas is the Research Program Director for the Electric Vehicle Research Center at UC Davis. She came to UCD after working at Southern California Edison’s Electric Vehicle Technical Center as an engineer specializing in hybrid vehicle design and testing. Dahlia holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis. While pursuing her degrees, she worked in the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Center, conducting research on prototype hybrid and electric vehicles, including energy storage system design and packaging, vehicle modeling and testing, active aerodynamics, and structural composites. Dahlia was also the team leader for the award-winning UC Davis FutureTruck Team.