Energy Graduate Group Students

  • Adler, Scott

    Scott Adler

    Scott earned his B.A. in Physics from Colgate University in 2019. After graduating, Scott studied in Norway on a Fulbright fellowship where he researched long-term performance rates of utility-scale PV plants. Scott is currently pursuing his master’s ...

  • Akoda, Yemi

    Yemi Akoda

    Yemi is a master’s student in the Energy Graduate Group. Prior to joining the EGG, he was an Electrical Engineer with ABB.  At ABB, his focus was on sales and project management in the Oil & Gas ...

  • Beslow, Lucas

    Lucas Beslow

    After studying Environmental Engineering at Purdue University, Lucas worked in a diversity of roles in the Environmental Consulting industry. During this time, he worked in the field as a Remediation Engineer, calculated emissions as an ...

  • Breault, Raymond

    Raymond Breault

    Raymond attended the University of California Santa Cruz where he received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering.  There he worked with the Rolandi Research Group investigating materials science for bioelectronics.  His research interests include energy storage and large scale renewable ...

  • Bush, Kristen

    Kristen Bush

    Kristen received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she participated in the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation as a Research Apprentice/Scholar under the direction of Dr. Marcia Murry-Ewers. ...
  • Cagle, Alex

    Alex Cagle

    Alex received his bachelor’s degree in environmental science with minors in corporate social responsibility and general business from Temple University. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in energy systems focusing on different large-scale solar photovoltaic implementation and viability ...

  • Chen, Stephanie

    Stephanie Chen

    Stephanie earned her dual bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Technology and Economics at the National Taiwan University and completed her Master’s degree in Animal Science and Technology. There, she participated in multiple research projects and investigated a wide range ...

  • Davis, Rhys

    Rhys Davis

    Rhys was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2017 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. At OSU, he wrote his undergraduate thesis on refrigeration cycles that could ...

  • DePew, Ashley

    Ashley DePew

    Ashley is a current graduate student in the Energy Graduate Group earning her Master of Science in Energy Systems with a Policy and Management track, with plans to pursue her ...

  • Dunn, Jessica

    Jessica Dunn

    • Ph.D student
    • Interests: Renewable Energy Policy; Environmental Economics; Energy Accessibility; Energy Storage
    • Faculty Mentor: Alissa Kendall
    Jessica is passionate about transitioning the grid to clean and equitable energy sources. After an MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment from the University of London, she held several positions in ...
  • Gul, Sadia

    Sadia Gul

    Sadia holds a BS in Electronics Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar, KPK, Pakistan and received her master’s degree in Energy Systems from the National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan. For her master’s thesis, ...

  • Hoogland, Kelly

    Kelly Hoogland

    • Master’s student
    • Interests: Energy Policy; Load Shifting; EV Infrastructure; Grid Decarbonization
    • Faculty Mentor: Gil Tal

    Kelly is excited about optimizing the grid for increased renewable deployment, as well as load shifting programs. Before attending UC Davis, she earned a B.A. in Environmental Economics from UC Santa Cruz, where she researched the ...

  • Ji, Jean

    Jean Ji

    • Master’s Student
    • Interests:  Economics of Electric Vehicle Charging; Electric Vehicles-Electric Grid Interactions
    • Faculty Mentor: Alan Jenn

    Jean received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from UC Berkeley with a research focus on renewable energy economics. Prior to joining UC Davis, she worked at the California Independent System Operator ...

  • Li, Yanning

    Yanning Li

    • Ph.D Student
    • Interests: Grid Integration of Electric Vehicles; Economics & Policy of Electric Vehicle Charging
    • Faculty Mentor: Alan Jenn

    Yanning received her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, and a Master’s degree in Energy Science and Technology from ETH Zurich. During her master studies, she interned at the International ...

  • Li, Yudi

    Yudi Li

    Yudi received his master’s degree from the Conservation Sciences department in the University of Minnesota. His thesis focused on how the endangered Karner blue butterfly responded and adapted to climate change. Yudi also had a ...

  • Lozano, Mark Temis

    Mark Temis Lozano

    Mark’s research interests lie in conducting life cycle assessments to promote environmentally and fiscally responsible decisions. Analyses include batter-electric vehicles and pollution abatement options. Prior to coming to UC Davis, he earned his Bachelor’s in Physics from ...

  • Martindill, Jon

    Jon Martindill

    • Ph.D Student
    • Interests: Water-Energy Nexus; Policy Development; Economic Analysis; Data Analytics; Systems Modeling and Simulation
    • Faculty Mentor: Frank Loge

    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 ...

  • Miller, Greg

    Greg Miller

    • Ph.D. Student
    • Interests: Commercial and Industrial Decarbonization; Load-matched Renewable Energy Procurement
    • Faculty Mentor: Frank Loge

    After earning his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown University, Greg spent several years gaining professional experience in corporate sustainability and local policy before returning to grad school. His research focuses on how commercial and ...

  • Molina, Facundo

    Facundo Molina

    With an Industrial Engineering degree, Facundo worked for six years in the Oil & Gas sector in Argentina. His main background is in the field of procurement and maintenance engineering projects (Turn Around). Facundo decided to apply his project ...

  • Nelson, Leslie

    Leslie Nelson

    • Master’s Student
    • Interests: Renewable Energy Policy, Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage
    • Faculty Mentor: Kurt Kornbluth

    Leslie graduated from UCLA in 2017 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a focus on Energy & Environment. After graduating, Leslie worked for an engineering services consulting firm called Energy Solutions. She led efforts to ...

  • Ritter, Kabian

    Kabian Ritter

    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. Jesús Velázquez focusing on the synthesis of inorganic ...

  • Ro, Jin Wook

    Jin Wook Ro

    • Ph.D. Student
    • Interests: Life Cycle Assessment; Techno-Economic Analysis; Biomass; Biofuel; Waste-to-Energy
    • Faculty Mentor: Alissa Kendall

    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 ...

  • Simpson, Daniel

    Daniel Simpson

    Daniel has a B.S. from Eastern Connecticut State University in Environmental Earth Science, with a Sustainable Energy Science Concentration. As an undergraduate researcher, he worked with Dr. Paul Torcellini on an ongoing project to implement and report on a ...

  • Slattery, Meg

    Meg Slattery

    Meg graduated from Vassar College in 2015 with a B.A. in Science, Technology & Society, and a minor in public policy economics. After graduating, Meg worked with a small non-profit in rural Nicaragua called Grupo Fenix, eventually ...

  • Steckel, Tobiah

    Tobiah Steckel

    Tobiah received his bachelor’s degree in both Environmental Science and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tobiah hopes to build off his research and modeling experience from his undergraduate studies and research intern employment ...
  • Sugihara, Claire

    Claire Sugihara

    Claire received her degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Energy Management and Design from Sonoma State University. She then worked at the California Energy Commission with Commissioner Scott’s team, focusing on various aspects of electric and ...

  • Tran, Dan

    Dan Tran

    • Master’s Student
    • Interests: Alternative Building Materials & Methodologies; Microalgae Cultivation; Additive Manufacturing; CNC Technologies; Biodesign; Public Art; Decarbonization of Concrete
    • Faculty Mentor: Sabbie Miller

    Dan is pursuing a dual major in the MS Energy Systems (Science & Technology Track) and the Design MFA program. He holds a B.Arch from University of ...

  • Venkatraman, Meenakshi

    Meenakshi Venkatraman

    Meena grew up in Singapore before earning a double degree in Engineering and Environmental Policy at Harvey Mudd College. During her time as an undergraduate, she was involved in a variety of summer research projects ...

  • Ying, Tianyu

    Tianyu Ying

    Tianyu aims to improve the efficiency of linked food, water, and energy system, particularly on the life cycle assessment of how reducing food waste and losses benefit the water and energy system. He is also interested in food waste recovery ...

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