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Tala Daya, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Tala Daya is an experienced engineer with a demonstrated history of working in environmental sustainability, energy-efficient systems, and healthy materials management and development within the global supply chain. Tala currently serves as the Senior New Whole Building Coordinator at Pacific Energy Center. Her work experience focuses on energy systems management, the selection of safer materials in supply chains, and sustainable product development. In her previous role, Tala provided technical support to Clean Electronics Production Network (CEPN) to help achieve the goal towards zero exposure of workers to toxic chemicals in the electronics manufacturing process. She also worked with Project Drawdown where she researched and modeled climate change mitigation impacts related to materials, waste, and a circular economy. Her work and dedication to creating safe environments for all are what make her such a valued Presidian.

Tala joined the Presidian family in July of 2019 and has enjoyed teaching various courses that cover topics such as Energy Systems for Sustainability and Operations and Supply Chain Management with an emphasis on green chemistry and life cycle assessments. She is currently teaching the Climate and Social Responsibility course.

Tala holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Mechanical Engineering with a specific concentration on sustainability, manufacturing, and design with an emphasis on green chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds an M.Eng. from UC Berkeley and a B.S. from Northeastern University.


PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley
MEng, Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley
Certificate for Business and Sustainability, University of California Berkeley
BS, Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University


ECS6300 – Energy Systems for Sustainability

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