Ph.D. candidate David Friedman appointed new NHTSA deputy

By Alston Lim • UC Davis 2014

ITS-Davis Ph.D. candidate David Friedman has been appointed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as its new deputy administrator.

Friedman, who passed his Ph.D. exam with a proposal to mathematically model fuel cell stacks and systems, was previously a transportation analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, where he pushed for stricter fuel economy standards and lower oil consumption.

Friedman played a lead role with ITS-Davis’s first industry-government research consortium on fuel cell vehicle modeling and co-authored 12 technical publications during his graduate studies.

Photo: ITS-Davis director Daniel Sperling (left) and David Friedman prepare to testify on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment