Faculty

The EEI has over 50 affiliated faculty from departments across UC Davis. These faculty are affiliated with the Energy Graduate Group (EGG).

  • Name
  • Title
  • Department
  • Research
  • Amenta, Nina

    Nina Amenta

    • Professor
    • Department Chair
    • Computer Science
    • Visualization
    • User interfaces
    • Smart grid
  • Arnold, Gwen

    Gwen Arnold

    • Assistant Professor
    • Co-Director, Center for Environmental Behavior
    • Environmental Science and Policy
    • Hydraulic fracturing
    • Regulation and policymaking
  • Atsumi, Shota

    Shota Atsumi

    • Associate Professor
    • Chemistry
    • Biofuels
  • Berben, Louise

    Louise Berben

    • Associate Professor
    • Chemistry
    • Solar fuels
    • CO2 conversion
    • Hydrogen production
  • Brinkley, Catherine

    Catherine Brinkley

    • Assistant Professor
    • Human Ecology
    • City and regional planning
    • Place-based policies and interventions
    • Food-energy-water nexus
    • Integrating agricultural ecosystems with urban areas
    • District heating
  • Bunch, David

    David Bunch

    • Professor
    • Graduate School of Management
    • Consumer choice behavior and modeling
    • Decision and management sciences
  • Bushnell, James

    James Bushnell

    • Professor
    • Economics
    • Energy markets
    • Utility regulation
    • Climate change
    • Environmental regulation
  • Carter, Colin

    Colin Carter

    • Distinguished Professor
    • Associate Director, UC Agricultural Issues Center
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics
    • Commodity markets
    • International trade
    • China’s rural economy
  • Daccache, Andre

    Andre Daccache

    • Assistant Professor
    • Biological and Agricultural Engineering
    • Agriculture water management
    • Irrigation & hydraulic engineering
    • Crop & climate change modeling
  • Delplanque, J.P.

    J.P. Delplanque

    • Professor
    • Director, California Small Hydro Collaborative
    • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Combustion
    • Hydropower
    • Modeling and simulation
  • Donis-Gonzales, Irwin

    Irwin Donis-Gonzales

    • Assistant Postharvest Engineering Specialist
    • Biological and Agricultural Engineering
    • Postharvest engineering, handling, traceability & processing of agricultural commodities
    • Reducing energy consumption
  • Drakakaki, Georgia

    Georgia Drakakaki

    • Associate Professor
    • Plant Sciences
    • Biofuels
    • Cell wall
    • Algae
    • Biomass
  • Erickson, Paul

    Paul Erickson

    • Professor
    • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Heat & mass transfer enhancement of reacting flows
    • Fuel cell, hybrid drive & electric vehicles
    • Energy systems
  • Fan, Zhiliang (Julia)

    Zhiliang (Julia) Fan

    • Associate Professor
    • Energy Graduate Group Graduate Advisor
    • Biological and Agricultural Engineering
    • Biofuels
    • Metabolic engineering
    • Fermentation
    • Process modeling
  • Ferguson, Beth

    Beth Ferguson

    • Assistant Professor
    • Design
    • Renewable energy
    • Transportation fuels
    • Energy efficiency
  • Franz, Annaliese

    Annaliese Franz

    • Associate Professor
    • Chemistry
    • Biofuels
    • Catalysis
    • Chemical transformations to produce biofuels
  • Hargadon, Andrew

    Andrew Hargadon

    • Faculty Director 2006-2007
    • Professor of Technology Management
    • Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship
    • Graduate School of Management
    • Energy efficiency design and management

    530-752-2277
    abhargadon@ucdavis.edu

    Andrew Hargadon is the Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Technology Management at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. His research focuses on the effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies. Hargadon is the founding director of two key centers at UC Davis—the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency Center. He has published numerous articles and chapters in leading scholarly and applied publications, and is the author of Sustainable Innovation: Build Your Company’s Capacity to Change the World (Stanford University Press, 2015) and How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate (Harvard Business School Press, 2003). Prior to his UC Davis appointment, Hargadon worked at Apple Computer and Stanford University. He received his master’s in mechanical engineering and his Ph.D in organizational behavior from Stanford University.

    Department Website

  • Hernandez, Rebecca R.

    Rebecca R. Hernandez

    • Assistant Professor
    • Assistant Earth System Scientist, Agricultural Experiment Station
    • Land, Air, Water Resources
    • Energy geography & energy knowledge systems
    • Environmental impacts, trade-offs & synergies of energy development
    • Land-use, land sparing & energy infrastructure planning
    • Food-energy-water nexus
    • Sustainable solar energy development & wildlife interactions
  • Jenkins, Bryan

    Bryan Jenkins

    • Professor
    • Chair / Director, California Renewable Energy Center
    • Biological and Agricultural Engineering
    • Energy systems
    • Optimization
    • Thermochemical conversion
  • Jeoh, Tina

    Tina Jeoh

    • Assistant Professor
    • Biological and Agricultural Engineering
    • Cellulosic biofuels
    • Bioconversion
  • Jessoe, Katrina

    Katrina Jessoe

    • Associate Professor
    • Energy Graduate Group Advisor
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics
    • Environmental and energy economics
    • Consumer and firm behavior
  • Kendall, Alissa

    Alissa Kendall

    • Professor
    • Chair, Energy Graduate Group
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Life cycle assessment
    • Renewable energy
    • Transportation energy
  • Kim, Sangtae

    Sangtae Kim

    • Professor
    • Materials Science of Engineering
    • Nanomaterials
    • Energy storage
    • Fuel cells
  • Kisseka, Isaya

    Isaya Kisseka

    • Assistant Professor
    • Land, Air and Water Resources
    • Biological and Agricultural Engineering
    • Agricultural hydrology & water management
    • Irrigation engineering
    • Crop modeling & decision support
  • Kornbluth, Kurt

    Kurt Kornbluth

    • Assistant Adjunct Professor
    • Director, Program for International Energy Technologies & D-Lab
    • Associate Director, UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies
    • Biological and Agricultural Engineering
    • Climate neutrality
    • Energy efficiency
    • Consumer behavior
    • Renewable energy technologies

    kkorn@ucdavis.edu

    Kurt Kornbluth is founding Director of the UC Davis Program for InternationalEnergy Technology and the UC Davis D-Lab, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and Associate Director for the UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies. Kornbluth’s research areas include hybrid fossil fuel/renewable electrical grids, and sustainable, low-carbon energy technologies for the developed and developing world. He has worked in the field of international development,renewable energy, and energy efficiency since 1993 and has a diverse background including implementing appropriate technology projects in Africa and Central America. In 2015, the University of California named him a Climate Action Champion for UC Davis as part of the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative. Kornbluth holds a Ph.D. in mechanical and aeronautical engineering from UCDavis and is a UC Davis Graduate School of Management Business Development Fellow as well as an NSF IGERT fellow.

    Department Website

  • Lieth, Heiner

    Heiner Lieth

    • Professor
    • Extension Specialist
    • Plant Sciences
    • Greenhouse and nursery production
    • Soilless culture
    • Photovoltaic energy production in agriculture
  • Loge, Frank

    Frank Loge

    • Professor
    • Director, Center for Water-Energy Efficiency
    • Krone Endowed Professor in Environmental Engineering
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Information technology
    • Water/Energy nexus
    • Water/Health
    • Conservation
    • Sustainable systems & technologies

    530-754-2297
    fjloge@ucdavis.edu

    Frank Loge is Director of the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency, a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the current holder of the Ray B. Krone Endowed Professorship in Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Davis. He began his career studying water and wastewater treatment and has developed a strong interest in the relationship between energy, water, and health. Loge advocates performing fundamental research to advance knowledge and developing and deploying technologies and policies that improve environmental quality and the efficiency of resource consumption. His research efforts focus on the energy and health implications of engineered and natural systems, designing sustainable systems and technologies, and entrepreneurship and finance. Loge holds a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the UC Davis and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of California.

    Department Website

  • Mascal, Mark

    Mark Mascal

    • Professor
    • Chemistry
    • Integrated biorefinery
    • Renewable fuels and materials
    • Biomass valorization
    • Biomass-derived platform chemicals
  • Meier, Alan

    Alan Meier

    • Adjunct Professor
    • Faculty Researcher, Energy and Efficiency Institute
    • Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    • Environmental Science and Policy
    • Energy efficiency
    • Energy demand
    • Economics
    • Behavior and energy use

    510-486-4740
    akmeier@ucdavis.edu

    Alan Meier is a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Adjunct Professor at UC Davis in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy,and a faculty researcher and Associate Director of Curriculum at the UC DavisEnergy Efficiency Center. His research focuses on understanding how people and equipment use energy and opportunities to reduce consumption. Meier’s research on “standby power use” in appliances—equal to 1% of global CO2 emissions—led him to propose an international plan to reduce standby power loss in all devices to less than 1 watt,which was endorsed by the G8 countries. He is Executive Editor (and founder) of the journal Home Energy and is the author of many articles and two books, Supplying Energy through Greater Efficiency and Saving Electricity in a Hurry.Meier holds a Ph.D. in energy and resources from University of California, Berkeley.

  • Miller, Sabbie

    Sabbie Miller

    • Assistant Professor
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Life cycle assessment
    • Alternative materials development
    • Sustainability and structural design
  • Modera, Mark

    Mark Modera

    • Professor
    • Interim Faculty Director, Energy and Efficiency Institute
    • Director, Western Cooling Efficiency Center
    • Sempra Chair in Energy Efficiency
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • End-use energy efficiency
    • Energy distribution systems
    • Building energy management
    • Ventilation and indoor air quality

    530-754-7671
    mpmodera@ucdavis.edu

    Mark Modera is Interim Faculty Director of the Energy and Efficiency Institute, Director of the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center (WCEC), Professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and is the Sempra Energy Chair in Energy Efficiency. Prior to joining WCEC, he worked at Carrier Corp., where he was Vice-President, and at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). While at LBNL, Modera developed an aerosol-based duct sealing process, and subsequently established Aeroseal, Inc. to commercialize the technology. He has a diverse set of research interests, including energy efficiency, ventilation, and indoor air quality. Modera received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

    Website

  • Moore, Frances

    Frances Moore

    • Assistant Professor
    • Environmental Science and Policy
    • Economic and social impacts of climate change
    • Energy-water-food nexus
  • Moule, Adam

    Adam Moule

    • Associate Professor
    • Energy Graduate Group Advisor
    • Chemical Engineering and Material Sciences
    • Solar materials
  • Muehlegger, Erich

    Erich Muehlegger

    • Associate Professor
    • Economics
    • Regulation and taxation of energy markets
    • Industrial organization
    • Public finance
    • Environmental policy
  • Narayanan, Vinod

    Vinod Narayanan

    • Professor
    • Associate Director, Western Cooling Efficiency Center
    • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Energy efficiency
    • Heat and mass transfer enhancement in devices and systems
    • Phase change heat transfer
    • Microtechnology
  • Novan, Kevin

    Kevin Novan

    • Assistant Professor
    • EGG Graduate Advisor-Energy & Policy Management Track
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics
    • Environmental economics
    • Applied econometrics
  • Ogden, Joan

    Joan Ogden

    • Professor
    • Environmental Science and Policy
    • Alternative fuels
    • Energy transitions
    • Hydrogen and fuel cells
    • Energy infrastructure
  • Osterloh, Frank

    Frank Osterloh

    • Professor
    • Chemistry
    • Solar energy
    • Photovoltaics
    • Photocatalytic water splitting
    • Hydrogen
    • Nanomaterials
  • Park, Jae Wan

    Jae Wan Park

    • Associate Professor
    • Director, UC Davis Green Transportation Laboratory
    • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Efficiency energy systems
    • Fuel cells
    • Batteries
    • Electric grid
  • Pourreza, Alireza

    Alireza Pourreza

    • Assistant Agricultural Mechanization Specialist
    • Biological and Agricultural Engineering
    • Agricultural mechanization, robotics & automation
    • Precision agriculture & horticulture
    • Machine vision & remote sensing
  • Rapson, David

    David Rapson

    • Associate Professor
    • Economics
    • Energy economics
    • Energy markets
    • Energy policy
  • Ronald, Pamela

    Pamela Ronald

    • Distinguished Professor
    • Professor, Genome Center
    • Director, Grass Genetics, The Joint Bioenergy Institute
    • Faculty Director, Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy
    • Plant Pathology
    • Biofuels
    • Grass genetics
    • Cell wall biosynthesis
  • Scott, Tyler

    Tyler Scott

    • Assistant Professor
    • Environmental Science & Policy
    • Environmental governance systems
    • Environmental policy
    • Land planning
  • Siminovitch, Michael

    Michael Siminovitch

    • Professor
    • Director
    • Design
    • California Lighting Technology Center
    • Lighting technology & design
    • Energy efficiency
    • Lighting development & commercialization
  • Simmons, Chris

    Chris Simmons

    • Assistant Professor
    • Food Science and Technology
    • Biofuels
    • Waste-to-energy
    • Water/Energy nexus
  • Smith, Aaron

    Aaron Smith

    • Professor
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics
    • Biofuels
    • Residential energy efficiency
    • Energy price dynamics
  • Spang, Edward (Ned)

    Edward (Ned) Spang

    • Assistant Professor
    • Associate Director, Center for Water-Energy Efficiency
    • Food Science and Technology
    • Water, energy, and food resource systems
  • Sperling, Daniel

    Daniel Sperling

    • Faculty Director 2008-2009
    • Professor
    • Founding Director, Institute of Transportation Studies
    • Founding Chair, Policy Institute for Energy, Economics and the Economy
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering & Environmental Science and Policy
    • Transportation and energy systems
    • Transportation and energy policy

    530-752-7434
    dsperling@ucdavis.edu

    Daniel Sperling is Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy,and founding Director of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies. He is recognized as a leading international expert on transportation technology assessment, energy and environmental aspects of transportation, and transportation policy. He holds leadership positions on keyboards and committees and in 2007 was appointed to serve as a member of the California Air Resources Board. Sperling was the 2013 Chair of the California Fuel Partnership and the 2015 Chair of the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board. In recognition of his work, Sperling received the 2013 Blue Planet Prize and the 2010 Heinz award. He has authored or edited over 200 technical articles and 12Books, including Two Billion Cars(Oxford University Press, 2009)and has testified 10 times to the U.S. Congress and state legislatures. Sperling received his Ph.D. in transportation engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

    Department Website

  • Tal, Gil

    Gil Tal

    • Research Director, The Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle (PH&EV) Research Center
    • Transportation Research Director, The China Center for Energy and Transportation
    • Admission Graduate Advisor, Transportation Technology and Policy Graduate Group
    • Institute of Transportation Studies
    • Alternative fuel vehicles
    • Travel behavior
    • Travel demand modeling
    • Transportation planning

    530-754-9230
    gtal@ucdavis.edu

    Gil Tal holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Technology and Policy from UC Davis, and an M.A. in geography and environmental policy and planning from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Between 2008 and 2010 Dr. Tal was a post-doctoral researcher with the Center for Global Metropolitan Studies and the UC Transportation Center at UC Berkeley. His work at UC Davis and UC Berkeley focuses on travel behavior and the implementation of travel behavior related policies. At the PH&EV center Dr. Tal is leading projects on the future need for electric vehicle infrastructure, and the correlation between charging infrastructure, travel behavior and the demand for EV’s. He is currently leading research on number of projects including a study on local planning and deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure, a study on GIS tools for infrastructure planning, a multi-state study of new plug-in vehicle buyers, and a study on the secondary market of plug-in vehicles in California.

    Department Website

  • Taylor, Keith

    Keith Taylor

    • Assistant Economic Development Specialist
    • Human Ecology
    • Energy cooperatives
    • Environmental policy
    • Wind energy
  • van Dam, Case

    Case van Dam

    • Professor
    • Associate Dean, Facilities and Capital Planning
    • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Wind energy
  • Velázquez, Jesús M.

    Jesús M. Velázquez

    • Assistant Professor
    • Chemistry
    • Rational design of well-defined dimensionally reduced materials
    • Nanoelectronics, energy conversion devices, and environmental remediation
  • Wheeler, Stephen M.

    Stephen M. Wheeler

    • Professor
    • Human Ecology
    • Urban and regional planning
    • Sustainability
    • Climate action planning
  • Yu, Dong

    Dong Yu

    • Associate Professor
    • Physics
    • Solar energy
    • Nanostructure solar cells
  • Zhang, Ruihong

    Ruihong Zhang

    • Professor
    • Biological and Agricultural Engineering
    • Bioenergy
    • Biofuels
    • Waste-to-energy conversion