Energy Graduate Group Students

  • Ryan Barr

    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 ...

  • Nick Bowden

    • Ph.D Student
    • nsbowden@ucdavis.edu
    • Interested in impacts of electric power system policies on system operations, reliability, emissions, and cost
    • Faculty Mentor: Jim Bushnell

    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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Alex Campbell

    • Master’s Student
    • amcampbell@ucdavis.edu
    • Interested in Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure; Low-Carbon Energy Policy
    • Faculty Mentor: Gil Tal

    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 ...

  • Armando Casillas

    Armando received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Merced. While pursuing 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 ...

  • Jake Highleyman

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

    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. ...

  • Madison Hoffacker

    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) ...

  • 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 ...

  • Greg Miller

    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 ...

  • 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. Jesus Velazquez focusing on material ...

  • Jin Wook Ro

    • Ph.D. Student
    • jwro@ucdavis.edu
    • Interested in 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 ...

  • Devon Schmidt

    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 ...

  • Meg Slattery

    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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • Alex Sloan

    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 provided training and resources ...

  • 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 ...

  • Sada (薩達) Wachche

    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 ...

  • 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 ...