Nihar Chhatiawala

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Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in physics and entrepreneurship, Case Western Reserve University; B.S.E. in engineering physics, Case Western Reserve University


Nihar Chhatiawala is a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. His research interests include renewable energy transitions, sustainable cities, climate change mitigation, entrepreneurship and innovation policy, emerging technologies, and international development.

Prior to joining Pardee RAND, Chhatiawala was a technical solutions engineer at Epic Systems Corporation, where he oversaw technical implementation and advised on best practices at hospitals to optimize clinical data exchange. He was also a fellow at the Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University, where he co-founded a renewable energy technology startup, and an analyst at a bioscience startup accelerator. He has an M.S. in physics and entrepreneurship and a B.S.E. in engineering physics from Case Western Reserve University.