2021 Fellow: Tony Cruz, ‘22 (Chemical Engineering)

This fellowship is part of a partnership between Stanford in Government, the Precourt Institute for Energy, and the Bill Lane Center for the American West. If you are accepted as the fellow for this office, you will be required to complete a one-unit course on energy in California taught by Professors Bruce Cain and Sally Benson during Spring Quarter. Please refer to the Shultz Energy Fellowships website for the most up-to-date information about the program.

Office Description:

The California Air Resources Board, established in 1967 by action of the California Legislature and the late Governor Ronald Reagan, is the state agency charged with promoting and protecting public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air and climate pollutants, while recognizing and considering the effects on the state’s economy. Since its formation, CARB has worked with the public, the business sector, and local governments to find solutions to California’s air pollution problems. More recently, CARB is also focusing on climate change and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. The resulting state air quality and climate actions led by CARB continue to outpace the rest of the nation and lead the world in promoting clean and low-carbon policies.

Potential Projects:

Priority Population Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Refueling: Priority populations, such as disadvantaged communities, low income communities, and low-income households, are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. A number of California Air Resources Board programs provide funding assistance for lower-income consumers to replace older vehicles with cleaner technology, including ZEVs. In addition to vehicle purchase incentives, state programs and settlement activities have funded significant public charging infrastructure installations in disadvantaged or low-income communities. This project will explore hydrogen and electric vehicle fueling station utilization in these locations to better understand community use.

Desired Skills:

  • Basic understanding of California’s efforts for clean air and climate change protection and the role of public policy
  • General knowledge of environmental management and of CARB and its function in the context of regulatory policy and setting emission standards for vehicles, engines, and equipment
  • Strong communication skills (both written and oral)
  • A demonstrated desire to work in a team environment and to learn from seasoned, expert practitioners and creators of internationally-recognized environmental policies for mobile sources
  • A major in engineering, the physical sciences, and/or public policy is applicable background for this internship


This fellowship is open to either undergraduate or graduate students.

Potential Mentors

  • Elise M. Keddie, PhD, Manager, ZEV Market Advancement Section
  • Mark Williams, Air Pollution Specialist, ZEV Market Advancement Section
  • Andrew Martinez, PhD, Air Pollution Specialist, ZEV Infrastructure Section

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