BYD Scholarship Recipient Pushes for EV Adoption

 LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (2/11/2021) – Marena William, the recipient of BYD’s $5000 Build Your Dreams WTS (Women’s Transportation Seminar) scholarship, is on a mission to clean the air one vehicle at a time.

William, who is working towards a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis on Transportation Electrification at the University of Southern California, is passionate about renewable, clean energy.

 “The transportation sector is responsible for 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and I believe that the increased adoption of EV can help us in reducing those emissions significantly,” William said. “I have been following BYD’s accomplishments in the EV industry and I was thrilled to know that BYD is recognizing and empowering females in the clean transportation sector.”

Her career goal after graduation is to initiate strategic initiatives to increase EV adoption around Los Angeles and launch a transportation electrification program for disadvantaged communities.

“Aside from my day-to-day job of managing and designing electric transportation projects, I mentor female college students who are interested in pursuing a degree in STEM or in clean transportation fields,” William said in applying for the BYD scholarship. “I volunteer in community events to teach the public about how the mode of transportation they chose affects global warming and our carbon footprint, the various types of EVs in the market, and the federal and local incentives available to them if they want to drive a low or zero emission vehicle.”

William has a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Long Beach, with a double major in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical and Clinical Engineering. While at CSULB, William was on the Dean’s List and served as President of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

“WTS-LA is pleased to recognize Marena William as the BYD Graduate Scholarship winner,” said Hannah Brunelle, WTS-LA Scholarship Chairwoman. “Marena shines as an outstanding student with an impressive career already underway. Her focus on transportation electrification and EV adoption are critical to achieving sustainability within LA’s transportation systems. We are excited to see where her career takes her! WTS-LA thanks BYD for their generous scholarship contribution.”
BYD supports career development of women in the transportation sector with its annual scholarship, and through team members serving in committee leadership positions at WTS.