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Alberto Ayala

Alberto Ayala


Adjunct Assistant Professor - Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Alberto has nearly 30 years of professional experience, having spent the last two decades primarily as a technocrat conducting policy-relevant research and directly involved in developing some of California’s most widely recognized air quality and climate change polices. He is a mechanical engineer with B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Davis and author/co-author of more than 150 refereed publications and reports, including several regulatory statements of reasons supporting California’s leading clean and zero emission vehicle regulations.

Alberto is Air Pollution Control Officer and Executive Director of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District and former Deputy Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board. He served on the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering faculty at West Virginia University, where he still holds an Adjunct Professor appointment. His private sector experience includes work as a Design Engineer for Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical and internships with General Electric’s Corporate Research Center, the California Energy Commission, and the University of California, Davis’ Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory.


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis 1997

M.S.E. Engineering, University of California, Davis 1993

B.Sc. Aeronautical Science and Engineering, University of California, Davis 1991