Why EGG?

What Current EGG Students Have to Say

  • “Today’s energy and climate problems require integrated solutions that cross disciplines. The UC Davis Energy Graduate Group takes this to heart, creating a one-of-a-kind education platform that pulls in faculty from over a dozen departments. This exposes students to new ideas and fosters creative solutions.” Alex Sloan
  • “One of my favorite attributes of the Energy Graduate Group is its collaboration with the Graduate School of Management (GSM) to expose students to executives of energy companies and offer a selection of GSM courses that students can take. This allows students to start building their network early on and provides a gateway for where their research fits into the business world.” Alex Sloan
  • “The interdisciplinary approach of the Energy Graduate Group program has given me a unique opportunity to learn about energy topics and issues from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives. The skills obtained will ultimately make me more dynamic and marketable to prospective employers, make me a better leader, and overall problem-solver.” Greg Chin
  • “The Energy Graduate Group at UC Davis sits at the nexus of the San Francisco Bay Area’s clean tech sector and California’s State Capitol, which allows for a one-of-a-kind graduate experience. The interplay between clean tech, public policy, and academia makes for dynamic, fast-paced, and exciting environment for graduate students to learn and work in.” Greg Chin
  • “The flexibility and interdisciplinary nature of EGG allow me to build the knowledge and skills I need for my dream career. This program has also provided me with networking opportunities and access to leading researchers at UC Davis, policy makers in the capitol, and private companies with ties to the university.” Jon Martindill
  • “I love that this unique professional energy systems research program both compliments my interdisciplinary interests and supports my career goals. I am broadening and strengthening my skill set while also exploring a wide breadth of the most relevant and cutting-edge energy research topics. The program has already exceeded my expectations by helping leverage me for job opportunities I didn’t think I would be qualified for without years of additional work experience.” Madison Hoffacker
  • “I have been highly impressed by the extensive network of energy experts on campus and its strong connections with industry leaders throughout California. To me, an offer to join the Energy Graduate Group represents a golden ticket to the epicenter of innovation in the US energy sector. The diversity of our peer group and the interdisciplinary nature of our curricula are preparing us to lead the global transition to more sustainable energy systems.” Ryan Barr
  • “EGG is a closely knit group of people. Everyone knows each other and get together quite often even when we don’t have classes together.” Sada Wachche
  • “Being in UC Davis and California, EGG benefits from the wide range of research and expertise from ecology to economics which is quite rare even in the UC system.” Sada Wachche
  • “Not only is Davis nestled between the centers of clean energy technology and policy in California, but its faculty are the ones these tech and policy leaders turn to to inform “what’s next” in our energy transition. If you want to be on the cutting edge of policy-relevant developments in clean energy, the Energy Graduate Group should be at the top of your list for graduate school.” Greg Miller 
  • “If you are passionate about sustainable energy, then studying in the Energy Graduate Group is akin to being the proverbial kid in a candy store: you are on the most sustainable campus in the world, with direct access to research centers and faculty who are tackling the most challenging issues in sustainable energy, and a support network of staff and peers who will connect you with career opportunities in some of California’s leading companies and organizations. ” Greg Miller

What EGG Alumni Have to Say

  • “The EGG community brings together thought leaders and experts across the energy industry. That collaborative environment — fostering discussion and learning across disciplines and areas of expertise — was an essential and invaluable part of my EGG experience. Working within that community expanded my lens and helped me understand and think about problems in the energy sector in a much broader and more sophisticated way.” Nick Pappas (2018 graduate)
  • “The most valuable aspects of my EGG education were: Firstly, opportunities for engagement with firms.  Even if I never end up working for/with one of these companies, experience interacting with industry is so critical! Secondly, but likely more importantly, interaction with faculty. At least once a week I encounter cutting-edge research that was authored or co-authored by a faculty member that I worked closely with during my education. Finally, the exposure I got to different disciplines.  I am able to have conversations with experts in a wide spectrum of fields because I was exposed in school.  Policy, mechanical engineering, planning, economics, computer programming.” Zane McDonald (2018 graduate)
  • “The interdisciplinary approach and program design allowed me to tailor my degree according to my career goals. Faculty and colleagues are the best asset of the program bringing high quality education, thorough discussions and insightful perspectives from my peers. The seminars were fascinating and an excellent tool to introduce me to new and current topics.” Leticia Pineda (2019 graduate)