Environmental Defense Fund
Ramón Alvarez, Ph.D. is a senior scientist in the Texas office of Environmental Defense Fund. He promotes cleaner air in Texas cities, with an emphasis on reducing emissions from oil and gas production, electric power plants, and diesel vehicles. He led EDF's campaign to establish the successful Texas Clean School Bus Program and worked with US-Mexico border industries to find cost-effective methods to reduce waste.
Dr. Alvarez serves on the Advisory Council of the Texas Air Quality Research Program and the North Texas Clean Air Steering Committee. He has previously served on the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the National Research Council, the Science Advisory Committee of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium, the Pollution Prevention Advisory Committee of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the boards of the American Lung Association of Texas and the Texas Center for Policy Studies, several advisory committees on regional air quality, the Editorial Board of Environmental Engineering Science, and the Environmental Board of the City of Austin.
Dr. Alvarez obtained a B.S. degree in chemistry from Duke University and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, where he carried out research on atmospheric and combustion processes. At UC Berkeley he was a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow and a lecturer in Environmental Chemistry.