Prior to joining CALSTART, Dr. O’Dea was Senior Vehicles Analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, where he played instrumental roles in the strengthening and adoption of first-of-their-kind polices for electric trucks and buses, including the Innovative Clean Transit and Advanced Clean Trucks standards. Dr. O’Dea was a Science and Engineering Congressional Fellow in the office of US Senator Brian Schatz. He was a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University, studying materials used in hydrogen fuel cells.
Dr. O’Dea earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Puget Sound.