Jalal Awan

Jalal Awan
Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND
Santa Monica Office


M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in green technologies, University of Southern California; B.S. in electrical engineering, University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore


Jalal Awan (he/him) is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. Prior to joining RAND, he worked as an electrical projects engineer with hands-on experience on industrial electrical and control systems. His research involves energy and climate policy issues including distributed energy generation, smart grid transition and lifecycle assessment of infrastructure projects. At RAND, he is currently involved in projects under the Social and Economic Well-being division and the Tech and Narrative Lab. For his dissertation research, he is working on performance evaluation of low-cost particulate matter sensors for community air monitoring. On behalf of a Bay Area based non-profit, Jalal also serves as a climate and energy consultant for CPUC proceedings involving investor-owned electric utilities in California.

As a Fulbright Exchange scholar, he completed his M.S. in green technologies from the University of Southern California in December 2015. He is a member of IEEE, Six Sigma Green Belt from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and holds the U.S. Green Building Council certification in Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED AP).

Recent Projects

  • Social and Environmental Impact Assessment of Coal-based Indigenous Power Generation in Pakistan
  • Impacts of Climate Change on Youth, Peace and Security in the the Middle East and Africa
  • Using gaming to understand the role of technology for food security
  • Cybersecurity of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Honors & Awards

  • Fulbright Exchange Scholar 2014-2015, U.S. Department of State
  • Vice President, Fulbright Association, LA Chapter, Fulbright Association


Urdu; Hindi; Punjabi; Arabic (low)


  • Petroleum

    How We Might Better Live with Oil in California

    As California grapples with the question of balancing environmental stewardship with the recent renewed focus on “local oil,” lawmakers could look to local communities for the best answers to avoid future petro-disasters.

    Apr 1, 2022


  • Water Resources Management

    Lessening Leakages: How Water Systems Can Learn From Smart Electric Grids

    As drought and population growth place increasing pressure on water supply, the need to save and efficiently manage Southern California's water resources becomes increasingly critical. A single information and communication technology platform could go a long way toward moving water utilities from reactive to proactive maintenance practices.

    Mar 22, 2019

    The RAND Blog

  • Pakistan

    New Pakistan, Old Challenges

    While the United States has been voicing concerns about the destabilizing potential of China's Belt and Road Initiative, Pakistan needs the economic stability that initiative could bring. As long as Pakistan remains a poor country, its democracy will be at risk.

    Oct 17, 2018

    The National Interest