Adam Brandt, Ph.D., Lead Author
Assistant Professor of Energy Resources Engineering and Center Fellow, by courtesy, at the Precourt Institute for Energy

Dr. Brandt holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley. He is interested in reducing the environmental impacts of energy systems and, more specifically, in understanding, measuring, and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fossil energy sources. His research uses the tools of life cycle assessment (LCA) and process optimization to measure and estimate impacts from technologies at broad scales (LCA) and to help reduce these impacts (optimization). More specifically, his research focuses on the environmental impacts of oil shale and other substitutes for conventional petroleum; mathematical modeling of petroleum depletion and the transition to oil substitutes; and capture and storage systems. He serves on the Science Advisory Panel, Methane Reconciliation Project, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and was a technical steering committee member for an Independent Review of Well Stimulation by the California Council on Science and Technology. Dr. Brandt earned a B.S. in environmental studies with an emphasis on physics from UC Santa Barbara.

Gregory Von Wald
Graduate Research Assistant, Environmental Assessment and Optimization Group, Stanford University

Mr. Von Wald holds a B.S. in Integrated Science and Technology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He is currently working toward his M.S. in Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, expected June 2018. Toward that effort, he is on a Graduate Research Assistantship with the Environmental Assessment and Optimization Group at Stanford University, where he is working as an author on this study. He has spent time studying abroad at the University of Malta, where he worked with the University to conduct a feasibility analysis of electromobility in Malta and has previously held internships with Accenture Federal Services in Arlington, Virginia and the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation in June 2018, he will begin pursuing his Ph.D. in Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, planning to continue research in the natural gas and electric power sectors.

Deepak Rajagopal, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and Dept. of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Rajagopal's research focuses on the areas of lifecycle assessment, energy economics and policy, agricultural economics and policy, and climate policy - areas in which he has numerous peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Rajagopal earned his Ph.D. in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley, his M.S. in agricultural and resource economics from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor of Technology in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Austin Jude Stanion
Urban and Regional Planning, UCLA

Austin Jude Stanion is a master's student in Urban and Regional Planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs where he studies Transportation Policy and Planning. Austin is interested in how emerging technologies can shape public transportation and reduce environmental impact. Austin earned a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Updated 3/22/18
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