Energy Graduate Group Students

  • Imby Abath

    • Master’s Student
    • Interests: Renewable Energy; Energy Efficiency; Sustainable Development
    • Faculty Mentor: Kurt Kornbluth

    Imby has a B.S. from The Ohio State University in Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability with a specialization in international development. In her undergraduate career she did ethnographic research in Marwa, Tanzania, focusing on water treatment methods and community ...

  • Ryan Barr

    After earning his bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Illinois, Ryan worked as a management consultant for KPMG. There, he primarily assisted electric utilities with financial planning. As a PhD student in the Energy Graduate Group, Ryan ...

  • Lucas Beslow

    • Master’s Student
    • Interests: Renewable Energy Integration and Energy Storage
    • Faculty Mentor: Jae Wan Park

    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 Air Quality Engineer, ...

  • Nick Bowden

    • Ph.D Student
    • nsbowden@ucdavis.edu
    • Interests: 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 Federal ...

  • Kristen Bush

    • Master’s Student
    • krmbush@ucdavis.edu
    • Interests: Renewable and Alternative Energy/Fuel and Social/Societal Impacts
    • Faculty Mentor: TBD
    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. In this role, ...
  • 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 ...

  • Alex Campbell

    • Master’s Student
    • amcampbell@ucdavis.edu
    • Interests: 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Rhys Davis

    • Master’s student
    • Interests: Energy Efficiency; Grid Modernization; Energy Rate Structures; Energy-Water Nexus
    • Faculty Mentor: Kurt Kornbluth

    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 help ...

  • Jessica Dunn

    • Ph.D student
    • Jadunn@ucdavis.edu
    • 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 ...
  • Sadia Gul

    • Ph.D. Student
    • Interests: Green Buildings; Energy Efficiency; Sustainability
    • Faculty Mentor: Alan Meier

    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, she ...

  • Jake Highleyman

    • Master’s Student
    • jbhighleyman@ucdavis.edu
    • Interests: Electric Vehicle Infrastructure; Utility-Scale Demand Response; Distributed Generation; 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. There, ...

  • 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) as ...

  • Kelly Hoogland

    • Master’s student
    • kmhoogland@ucdavis.edu
    • Interests: Energy Policy; Load Shifting; EV Infrastructure; Grid Decarbonization
    • Faculty Mentor: TBD

    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 social and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Jon Martindill

    • Ph.D Student
    • jonmartindill@ucdavis.edu
    • 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 ...

  • Greg Miller

    • Ph.D. Student
    • grmiller@ucdavis.edu
    • 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 ...

  • Facundo Molina

    • Master´s Student
    • fmolina@ucdavis.edu
    • Interests: Renewable Energy for Developing Countries/Communities
    • Faculty Mentor: TBD

    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 management knowledge to ...

  • 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
    • 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 ...

  • 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 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

  • Alex Syrovoi

    • Master’s Student
    • osyrovoi@ucdavis.edu
    • Interests: Energy Storage; Renewable Energy Integration; Sustainable Building Practices
    • Faculty Mentor: TBD

    Upon earning his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Alex was employed by MEP firm LP Consulting Engineers where he is working as an electrical designer. There, he is responsible for lighting, power and communication systems design for various types ...

  • 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 ...

  • Jean Y. Ji

    • jyji@ucdavis.edu
    • 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 ...

  • 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 ...