Congratulations to our 2022 Energy Graduate Group graduates! We are excited to announce that Jessica Dunn, Mark Lozano, Greg Miller, Claire Sugihara, Yemi Akoda, Raymond Breault, Ashley DePew, Daniel Simpson, Meena Venkatraman, and Scott Adler walked in UC Davis’ June graduation ceremony. We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. Best of luck to you all! [See Photos]

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Students Participating in Valuable Internships & Careers


Congratulations to all of our Emerging Energy Professionals students. These students worked with an alumni mentor during the academic year to identify, prepare, and secure an internship or career in the energy space. We look forward to hearing about your experiences at EDF, Element 16, Valley Clean Energy, and Rebel, among others. [Learn More]

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Researchers Evaluate Solar Tracking Lighting System 


The California Lighting Technology Center recently partnered with the California Energy Commission, Sonoma Clean Power Authority, and Frontier Energy Inc. to evaluate opportunities in emerging daylighting technologies. One such technology is a solar-tracking lighting system, which delivers daylight via optical fibers to core building areas that otherwise do not have access to daylight. Overall, the evaluation showed that the system is highly efficacious, providing approximately 620 lumens per watt of daylight suitable for some general lighting applications. [Read the Article]
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Zero Net Energy Students Help Clients Save Energy & Reduce Their Carbon Footprint


UC Davis students participating in the Path to Zero Net Energy course presented their final projects via an interactive poster session. In this multidisciplinary course, students help clients from UC Davis and beyond save energy and reduce their carbon footprint by conducting feasibility studies on energy and climate projects. [Learn More]

Mark Mascal Receives Green Chemistry Challenge Award


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded one of five Green Chemistry Challenge Awards to Mark Mascal, Professor of Chemistry and Energy Graduate Group faculty member at UC Davis, together with Origin Materials Inc. and its co-CEO John Bissell (a UC Davis alum). Mascal’s laboratory and Origin Materials are being recognized for developing and implementing a novel technology to replace chemicals commonly made from petroleum with products from biomass, such as forestry, agricultural and municipal wastes. Congratulations! [Learn More]
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Modeling Impacts of Ventilation and Filtration Methods in Classrooms


Schools are working hard to reduce airborne disease transmission. In a newly published article in the Journal of Building Engineering, Western Cooling Efficiency Center researchers ran classroom simulations for 13 cities to understand how increased ventilation and filtration relate to disease transmission, thermal comfort, and energy use. [Read Paper]

Jesús Velázquez Receives 2022 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award


Jesús Velázquez, an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Energy Graduate Group faculty member, is one of 18 faculty in the U.S. selected as Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for 2022. These faculty are within the first five years of their academic careers, have each created an outstanding independent body of scholarship, and are deeply committed to education. Each Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar receives an unrestricted research grant of $100,000. Congratulations! [Learn More]
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Visitors from Across the Country and Around the Globe


We enjoyed hosting an undergraduate group of students from Wheaton College as they explored energy issues in the Sacramento region. We were also delighted to meet this year’s 2022 Mandela Washington Fellows–25 young African leaders from 15 countries that are participating in a six-week professional development program at UC Davis


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