Rachael Nealer joined UCS in September 2013 as a Kendall Science Fellow in the Clean Vehicles Program. Her research will focus on the lifecycle environmental impacts of advanced vehicles, specifically hybrid-electric, plug-in electric, and fuel cell vehicles.
Before coming to UCS, Dr. Nealer worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where she modeled the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions associated with biofuels for the Renewable Fuels Standard.
Dr. Nealer received her joint Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering and engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Her work focused primarily on modeling the lifecycle environmental impacts of freight transportation and analyzed policies to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions nationally. She holds a M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst—both in civil and environmental engineering.