Aviva Litovitz is an assistant policy analyst at RAND and Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. At RAND, she has focused on energy and science policy, including work on biomass use in electricity plants and shale gas development in Pennsylvania. Her dissertation looks at federal funding for sustainable energy research in universities. Prior to her time at RAND, she obtained a Ph.D. in chemistry from Cornell University, where she performed experimental and computational simulation work to better understand organic reaction dynamics; she also lectured in chemistry at Ithaca College. She has a B.ArtsSc. in arts and science and chemistry from the Arts and Science Programme at McMaster University in Canada.