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Ayala, Alberto

Adjunct Assistant Professor - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Engineer-In-Training Certificate, California (#32294), 2000 
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1997 
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1993 
B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, University of California, Davis, 1991
Alberto Ayala was appointed Deputy Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board at the end of 2012. In this capacity, he is responsible for the Board's ambient monitoring and laboratory activities and mobile source program. Dr. Ayala became a member of CARB's Research staff in 2000 and has since held various management assignments in programs such as Carl Moyer Incentives, AB 32 early actions, mobile refrigerant rules, diesel retrofits, and car, truck, and bus emissions research. Most recently he served as Chief of the Monitoring and Laboratory Division.

Dr. Ayala oversees the full range of policy, regulatory, and research efforts of over 400 professionals focused on achieving CARB's goals for clean, zero-emission, and low-carbon transportation; state-of-the-art monitoring for air and climate pollution; and a widely recognized motor vehicle emissions and fuels testing program. He contributed to the first car GHG emissions regulation in 2004 and is now directing one of CARB's most important efforts, the Advanced Clean Cars program.

Prior to CARB, Dr. Ayala was a member of the engineering faculty at West Virginia University, where he now holds an adjunct appointment, and was an ordnance system design engineer for Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis. His internships were with GE, the California Energy Commission, and the Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory at UC Davis. He has published extensively; been a speaker nationally and internationally, and lectured as a Visiting Professor in California and abroad.

Research Interests

Heavy-duty engine emissions, characterization of engine exhaust aerosols, sampling methodologies and measurements, instrumentation, experimental assessment of engine in-cylinder flow, boundary-layer flow.

Teaching Interests

Air Quality 
Vehicle Emissions 
Clean Transportation

Special Interests

Quality assurance protocols for emissions research.

Professional Societies

Society of Automotive Engineers 
American Society of Mechanical Engineers 
National Association of Environmental Professionals 
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers