Jung-Il Bang |

Project Manager

Jung-Il Bang is a 2003 graduate of the Seoul National University in South Korea. After earning his BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, he has worked on the Global Business Development Team at Samsung Electronics, followed by Corporate & Investment Banking teams at Deutsche Bank and Barclays Bank.

Working with various corporate clients in energy industries such as power utility and oil & gas companies, he became interested in energy and environment. While advising a Korean firm on the acquisition of a California wind farm in 2015, Jung-Il discovered in himself a strong desire to deepen his understanding of energy and environmental economics and to develop corporate solutions of sustainable growth and decided to return to academia.

As a Masters candidate (2017-19) specializing in Corporate Environmental Management, Jung-Il’s interests are centered on analyzing the role of the financial industry on energy and environment, and optimizing the life-cycle cost-benefit of sustainable development in the private sector. Overall, it is Jung-Il’s mission at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management to obtain the skills necessary to create sustainable growth solutions for corporate clients that simultaneously elevate shareholder values and environmental responsibilities.


Cyrus Ma


Editorial Manager

Cyrus Ma is an environmental scientist with over 10 years of NGO, business, and scientific research experience. His combined knowledge in these sectors provides him with the tools and skill-sets necessary to deliver substantive environmental management recommendations. In addition to operating experience in liaising with industry experts, analyzing peer-reviewed literature, and developing reports with scientific rigor and thorough due diligence, Cyrus is also professionally trained in evaluating multiple public and private data sources to determine accurate recommendations for relevant stakeholders. These skills give him the ability to deliver detailed research and identify solutions which robustly and consistently justify decision-making environmental policies.

In his most recent work as an Aquaculture Scientist for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, Cyrus specialized in developing sustainable seafood recommendations based on related environmental impacts and the regulatory systems in place to manage them. In addition to writing reports on farmed Bluefin tuna, shrimp, and shellfish, he coauthored the 2015-16 revision of the Seafood Watch Aquaculture Standard and established international criteria for the Southeast Asia Shrimp Aquaculture Improvement Protocol.

As a Masters student currently attending UC Santa Barbara (2017-19), joining the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management represents an active transition into corporate and industrial (LCA) environmental management and a continuation of Cyrus’ professional passion. While he already holds a combination of professional skills and expertise, it is his goal to expand and develop his craft at the Bren School, demonstrate expertise in his field, and continue leading by example.


Eric Tarantino |

Data Manager

Eric Tarantino graduated with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Economics. He has worked as a research associate for the Information Sciences Department at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey and continues to work as an Operations Research Analyst for Active Decision Support, Inc. (ADS).

While working for NPS, he gained experience in simulation and risk analysis while working on valuation methods for military projects and systems. At ADS, he gained experience in operations research using analytics, decision analysis, and modeling and simulation while working with a geographically dispersed team. In addition, Eric pursued certifications as a Certified Cost Estimator/Analyst (ICEAA), 2013 and a Certified Analytics Professional (INFORMS), 2015.

As a Masters candidate (2017-19), Eric is specializing in Economics and Politics of the Environment with expertise in climate change policy and pursuing the Strategic Environmental Communication Focus. His goal is to assist in large-scale renewable energy projects and analyze organization’s environmental and economic data to help them achieve environmental sustainability while strengthening their financial position.


Derek Yamane |

Financial Manager

Derek Yamane graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics with Accounting Emphasis, as well as a Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate from the school’s College of Engineering. Following graduation, he received his CPA license and provided public accounting and financial services across non-profit, industrial real estate, computer technology, and aerospace organizations. He then transitioned to the private sector and served as Director of Accounting at a worldwide sports and media agency headquartered in Los Angeles.

While balancing a professional career with periodic science and sustainability coursework at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension program, Derek developed an interest in environmental issues. Furthermore, he noted a need for interdisciplinary solutions, and an opportunity to further transition into a career in environmental science.

As a Masters candidate at UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management (2017-19), Derek is pursuing specializations in Energy and Climate, and Corporate Environmental Management, with specific interests in life cycle assessment, energy solutions, and corporate sustainability. As a member of the team, he hopes to contribute from an extensive background in business operations and data analysis, while building expertise in renewable energy projects.


Alejandro Vela |

Outreach Manager

Alejandro is a Masters candidate in Environmental Sciences and Management at the Bren School UC Santa Barbara, holding a BS in Civil Engineering. In his short half decade career, he has been a: Field and Surveyor Engineer, Budget Analyst, Code and Building Inspector and a Junior Designer. After some years working in the construction industry, he started a project to make residential buildings to heat all its water with solar heat transmission, which influenced him to explore methods in reducing the carbon footprint of households. His motivation now is to be able to grow professionally in an academic environment where the latest applications of technology would make his environmental ambitions possible, as he wishes to accelerate the world's transition towards the use of sustainable building designs and techniques. At the Bren School, he plans on specializing in Energy and Climate. After finalizing the Master’s Program, he will do everything in his power to help society to build and manage buildings in a more sustainable way.

As the Outreach Manager (OM), he will be responsible for creating, developing and maintaining the project's website. The OM will compile, summarize and condense all the information, research, and results performed by the group. The site will showcase the project's progress in such a way that it will be informative, educational, and entertaining to read. The OM will assist all project members in creating and developing graphs, tables, arranging data, producing keynotes, pictures, videos, or any didactic element necessary to achieve the goal of being constantly able to showcase the project to any audience on any meeting or presentation.

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