Mrs. Dahlia Garas is the Research Program Director for the Plug-In Hybrid & 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.