UC Davis Alumni in Energy Careers

Speaker: Wayne Leighty, Ryan Taylor, and Carolyn Weiner
Host: Energy Graduate Group
Date: 11/17/2017
Time: 10:30am to 11:50am
Location: 1605 Tilia Street, West Village, UC Davis

Seminar Video

Wayne Leighty is the Business Development Manager for Hydrogen Mobility for Shell where he develops hydrogen fuel for fuel cell electric vehicles. Wayne grew up in Alaska, surrounded by natural resource industries. Curiosity about the foundation of these endeavors led him to study environmental science and economics at Brown University. After working as an environmental economics consultant, managing a whitewater rafting company, and serving as Chief of Staff for an Alaska Senator, Wayne attended graduate school at UC Davis. He earned an MS and PhD in Transportation Technology and Policy, an MS in Resource Economics, and an MBA. Prior to his current role, Wayne worked for Shell in the Alaska Exploration Venture, as Commercial Regulatory Analyst and as Business Planner, and then as Manager in Commercial Finance.

Ryan Taylor is currently a Consultant with Navigant under the Global Energy Practice, where he specializes in transportation electrification, EE/NTG program strategy, DER forecasting and data computation, processing and analysis. In his spare time he volunteers for a number of causes ranging from advising rural DER projects in Zambia to serving as the Director of the National Society of Black Engineers Energy Special Interest Group where he builds programs to accelerate competencies and skills for students interested in careers in the energy industry. Ryan comes from humble beginnings, starting his career with Chevron as a contracted employee working on data analysis after graduating high school. Ryan received his B.S. in Chemicals Physics from UC Davis, finance training from UCLA and business training from Harvard Business School.
Carolyn Weiner is the Manager of the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Management team at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). She currently leads the Industrial and Agricultural portfolios, which provide approximately $40 million in subsidies and technical assistance to those markets. She’s also held leadership roles in product management and consulting in the energy sector, as well as other prominent sectors in California. Carolyn received her Masters in Business Administration from UC Davis.