Roland Hwang is the director of NRDC's transportation programs and works on sustainable transportation policies. He is an expert on clean vehicle and fuels technologies.
He serves on various advisory panels, including for the AB 118 Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicles Program, the California Hydrogen Highway Network Advisory Panel, the Automotive X Prize, and the Western Governors' Association Transportation Fuels for the Future Initiative. Roland was part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
Before joining NRDC, Roland was the director of the transportation program for the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in the Berkeley, California office. Roland has also worked for the United States Department of Energy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as an Air Pollution Engineer.
At LBNL, he developed computer models to forecast energy demand in the U.S. residential and industrial sectors. At CARB, Roland was involved in the permitting process for hazardous waste incinerators and developed procedures to assist air districts in evaluating toxic air emissions from landfills. He holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Davis, as well as a master's in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley.
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