Energy Graduate Group Students

  • Ryan Barr

    • Ph.D. Student
    • rbarr@ucdavis.edu
    • Interested in Energy Storage and Transportation Electrification

    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 ...

  • Nick Bowden

    • Ph.D Student
    • nsbowden@ucdavis.edu
    • 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 Cagle

    • Ph.D. Student
    • aecagle@ucdavis.edu
    • Interested in Solar Energy, Life Cycle Analysis, Land-Food-Water-Energy Nexus

    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 situations. During Alex’s ...

  • Alex Campbell

    • Master’s Student
    • amcampbell@ucdavis.edu
    • 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
    • gchin@ucdavis.edu
    • Interested in Water-Energy Nexus; Grid Integration; Climate and Energy Policy

    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 excited to ...

  • 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 ...

  • Jake Highleyman

    • Master’s Student
    • jbhighleyman@ucdavis.edu
    • Interested in Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, Utility-Scale Demand Response, Distributed Generation, and Energy Storage

    Jake is passionate about decarbonizing the energy and transportation sectors and accelerating our transition away from fossil fuels. Before coming to Davis, Jake earned his B.A. in Physics from Carleton College in 2016. There, his undergraduate thesis ...

  • Madison Hoffacker

    • Master’s Student
    • hoffacker@ucdavis.edu
    • 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
    • mtlozano@ucdavis.edu
    • Interested in Energy Sustainability and Accessibility; Life Cycle Assessment

    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 Pomona College in 2017. ...

  • Jon Martindill

    • Master’s Student
    • jonmartindill@ucdavis.edu
    • Interested in the Water-Energy Nexus; Policy Development; Economic Analysis; Data Analytics; Systems Modeling and Simulation

    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 ...

  • Greg Miller

    • Ph.D. Student
    • grmiller@ucdavis.edu
    • Interested in demand flexibility in a decarbonized electric grid

    Motivated by the urgency of climate change, Greg is studying the role of demand flexibility in a 100% decarbonized electric grid. Prior to starting his PhD at Davis, he worked in Washington, DC as Georgetown University’s Sustainability Manager. Greg also volunteers ...

  • Leticia Pineda

    • Master’s Student
    • lpinedab@ucdavis.edu
    • 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
    • karitter@ucdavis.edu
    • 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
    • jwro@ucdavis.edu
    • 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 ...

  • Devon Schmidt

    • Master’s Student
    • deschmidt@ucdavis.edu
    • Interested in Building Efficiency and Decarbonizing Electricity Systems

    Devon is a master’s student in the Energy Graduate Group. Her research will focus on building efficiency and decarbonizing electricity systems. Prior to attending graduate school, Devon worked as an engineering technician for the City of Santa Barbara’s Public Works Department. In ...

  • Meg Slattery

    • Master’s Student
    • msslattery@ucdavis.edu
    • Interested in Microgrids, Sustainable Construction, Food-Water-Energy Nexus

    Meg Slattery graduated from Vassar College 2015 with a B.A. in Science, Technology & Society, and a minor in public policy economics. After graduating, she worked with a small non-profit in rural Nicaragua called Grupo Fenix, where she focused on household photovoltaic installations, ...

  • 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
    • ajsloan@ucdavis.edu
    • 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 ...

  • 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 alternative fuel transportation policies. At UC Davis, ...

  • Sada (薩達) Wachche

    • Master’s Student
    • svwachche@ucdavis.edu
    • Interested in Decarbonization, Electric vehicles, Storage, Data and Modeling

    Sadanand is a Honda fellow and a researcher at the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) and the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy (PIEEE). He studies systems such as electric vehicles, storage, and photovoltaics from multiple perspectives: ...

  • 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 and recycling, especially the possibility of ...