UC Davis Research Assistant Awarded Chevron Energy Fellowship

UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis) Ph.D. candidate Gabriel Lade conducts economic research on the costs of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) – an initiative to reduce the carbon intensity of fuel sold in California by 10 percent over the next decade– and other emissions-related policies.  Recently, his efforts gained the attention of one of the worldwide leaders in energy, Chevron, which is recognizing his accomplishments by honoring him with the 2013-2014 Chevron Fellowship.

The Fellowship award recognizes a student’s academic and research accomplishments in transportation and energy by providing greater flexibility for their research.

“I am very grateful to receive the Chevron Fellowship this year.  Chevron has been a longtime supporter of independent graduate student research at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, and I am glad I can be a part of that history,” said Lade. “The fellowship will certainly be put to good use in furthering my dissertation research studying economic issues with federal and state renewable fuel policy initiatives.”

In 2011, Lade joined ITS-Davis to pursue his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics. He previously received his B.A. from The George Washington University in Economics and International Affairs and worked as a legislative correspondent for an Oklahoma congressman.

He later earned his M.A. in Economics at Rutgers University while simultaneously working as a lecturer in International Economics.  In 2013, Lade was a member of the UC Davis student team that won second place in the U.S. Association for Energy Economics Case Competition for working on financial strategies to accommodate the increase in energy demand from plug-in electric vehicles.

At UC Davis, Lade has worked closely with Associate Professor C.-Y. Cynthia Lin, who nominated him for the fellowship. Together they have co-authored two papers focused on maintaining LCFS compliance costs at reasonable levels.

The Chevron Fellowship is part of the company’s University Partnership Program, which supports universities around the country by providing the necessary funding to better develop the future of the energy business.

One of the world’s leading energy companies, Chevron selected Lade because of his focus on the relationship between California’s LCFS and cap-and-trade Programs, as well as his work designing renewable fuel and complementary carbon policies.

Photo: (From left to right) Jack Morris, Phil Heirigs, and Harry Sigworth, Jr. of Chevron with Fellowship recipient Gabriel Lade  and UC Davis Associate Professor C.-Y. Cynthia Lin.  Photo Credit: Adam Gottlieb