Energy Graduate Group Students

  • Ryan Barr

    • Ph.D. Student
    • Interested in Grid Infrastructure; Electrified Transportation

    After earning his bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Illinois, Ryan worked as a management consultant at KPMG. There, he primarily assisted a Fortune 100 utility client with the transformation of financial processes. Ryan’s passion for sustainable energy solutions is rooted in ...

  • Nick Bowden

    • Ph.D Student
    • Interested in impacts of electric power system policies on system operations, reliability, emissions, and cost

    Nick has a BS in Economics from Bradley University and MS in Economics from Illinois University. From 2008 to 2011, he worked as an economist for the Illinois Commerce Commission’s Federal Energy Program, with ...

  • Alex Campbell

    • Master’s Student
    • Interested in Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure; Low-Carbon Energy Policy

    Alex’s interest in environment and energy began when he started freelancing for the online B2B sustainability publication GreenBiz in 2014. His work with GreenBiz opened his eyes to the world of EVs (and sustainability in general), which drove him to lease ...

  • Armando Casillas

    Armando received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Merced. While pursing his undergraduate degree, he worked for Facilities Management as an energy analyst, which is where he developed a passion and appreciation for sustainability and building energy efficiency. Armando’s research interests include HVAC systems, ...

  • Greg Chin

    • Master’s Student
    • Interested in Water-Energy Nexus; Grid Integration; Energy Recovery Technologies; Energy Economics

    Greg studied Energy Management and Design at Sonoma State University prior to working three years at a public water/wastewater utility in environmental compliance. He is interested in grid integration, environmental economics, energy recovery technologies, and the water-energy nexus.  Greg is ...

  • Junia Compostella

    Junia is an energy researcher and licensed architect with experience in energy modeling, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and data science. She is interested in technology development-to-market for our built environment, with an emphasis on the impact that the evolution of our cities will have on our lives. She ...

  • Madison Hoffacker

    • Master’s Student
    • Interested in Renewable Energy and Development; Land-Food-Energy-Water Nexus; Energy Modeling; Climate Change

    Madison graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Chapman University in 2013. Upon graduating, she worked for the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science (Stanford, California) as a GIS researcher. ...

  • Mark Temis Lozano

    • Ph.D. Student
    • Interested in Energy Sustainability and Accessibility; Life Cycle Assessment

    Mark’s research interests lie in the effective integration of renewable energy onto the electric grid, as well as the increased accessibility of clean energy in developing countries. Prior to coming to UC Davis, he earned his Bachelor’s in Physics from Pomona ...

  • Jon Martindill

    Jon graduated from UC Davis in 2013 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Management. After graduating, he worked as a data analyst at Global Footprint Network. In 2016, Jon returned to UC Davis as a staff researcher at the Center for Water-Energy Efficiency (CWEE). As a ...

  • Nick Pappas

    Nick is a Master’s student in the Energy Graduate Group with a focus on environmental and climate issues in electricity systems. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked for several years on California state energy policy with an emphasis on renewable procurement, energy ...

  • Leticia Pineda

    • Master’s Student
    • Interested in Transportation; Energy Efficiency; Life Cycle Assessment; Lighting

    Leticia is pursuing two master’s degrees in Transportation Technology and Policy and Energy Systems. Her main interest is the transportation and energy nexus and the environmental impacts of policies, but she is also interested in energy efficiency and lighting. Leticia’s passion for energy ...

  • Kabian Ritter

    • Ph.D. Student
    • Interested in Material Science’s Application to Battery Capabilities and Water Remediation

    Kabian is originally from Orangeburg, SC and received his B.S. in Chemistry from Howard University in 2017. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Energy Systems under Dr. Jesus Velazquez focusing on material science chemistry and its applications to battery ...

  • Jin Wook Ro

    • Ph.D. Student
    • Interested in Life Cycle Assessment; Techno-Economic Analysis; Biomass; Biofuel; Waste-to-Energy

    Jin Wook received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. His master’s thesis examined utilization of lipid extracted Aurantiochytrium sp. biomass as a nitrogen source. Jin Wook has worked for ...

  • Lisa Slaughter

    Lisa holds a B.S. in Physics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with minors in Mathematics and Music. True to her physics background, she is passionate about the art of experimentation and is insatiably curious about fundamental physical phenomena. Lisa’s interests lie ...

  • Alex Sloan

    • Master’s Student
    • Interested in Energy Efficiency; Demand Response; Health Benefits of Home Performance; Indoor Air Quality; Consumer Behavior; Transportation & Home Electrification

    Alex has worked in energy efficiency since 2010, with a primary emphasis on residential home performance program implementation for California utilities and local governments. In addition to program management, he has ...

  • Sadanand Wachche

    Sadanand graduated from College of Engineering Pune, India with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. In college, he worked as an undergraduate researcher on a student satellite project for ISRO (Indian equivalent of NASA) which was launched last year and is working successfully. Sadanand started in ...