Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute (EEI) is committed to addressing systemic racism and injustice in both our internal operations and external interactions while we work toward achieving our mission to accelerate the development of energy solutions. While decarbonizing the energy sector in response to climate change, it is essential to address equity and […]


Benjamin Finkelor Executive Director bmfinkelor@ucdavis.edu 530-848-9493 Camille Agnew Research Administrator caagnew@ucdavis.edu 530-752-2659 Karen M. Block Senior Director of Development, UC Davis Energy kmblock@ucdavis.edu 530-752-2147 Paul Fortunato Creative Specialist pfortunato@ucdavis.edu 530-752-0280 Halona Leung Outreach Specialist haleung@ucdavis.edu (530) 752-2354 Kayla Levering Program Manager kjlevering@ucdavis.edu 530-752-4909 Alicia Loge Communications & Outreach Director asloge@ucdavis.edu 530-302-5686 Sarah Outcault Market Transformation […]


The EEI has nearly 50 affiliated faculty from departments across UC Davis. These faculty are affiliated with the Energy Graduate Group (EGG). Gwen Arnold Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Policy Co-Director, Center for Environmental Behavior Hydraulic fracturing; regulation and policymaking Shota Atsumi Associate Professor, Chemistry Biofuels Louise Berben Professor, Chemistry Solar fuels; CO2 conversion; hydrogen production Catherine Brinkley […]


Kelly Kissock Faculty Director, Energy and Efficiency Institute Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Chevron Endowed Chair in Energy Efficiency Research Interests: Energy efficiency; renewable energy jkissock@ucdavis.edu 530-752-4909 Benjamin Finkelor Executive Director bmfinkelor@ucdavis.edu 530-848-9493 Alissa Kendall Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Chair, Energy Graduate Group Research Interests: Life cycle assessment; renewable energy; transportation energy amkendall@ucdavis.edu 530-752-5722 […]

Energy Graduate Group Students

Scott Adler Master’s Student Research Interests: Energy Efficiency; Negative Emissions Technologies; Renewable Energy swadler@ucdavis.edu Yemi Akoda Master’s Student Research Interests: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy; Energy Storage; Sustainable Development ytakoda@ucdavis.edu Lucas Beslow Master’s and Ph.D Student Research Interests: Renewable Energy Integration and Energy Storage labeslow@ucdavis.edu Raymond Breault Master’s Student Research Interests: Renewable energy storage and distribution breault@ucdavis.edu […]

Former Board of Advisor Members

Name Company/Organization William Allen Wells Fargo Commercial Banking Jill Anderson Southern California Edison Joseph Avila Southern California Gas Company Rob Bernard Microsoft Corporation Robert Bienenfeld American Honda Motor Company Elisabeth Brinton New Energy for AGL Energy Limited Helen Burt Pacific Gas and Electric Company Scott Crider San Diego Gas & Electric Peter Darbee Pacific Gas and Electric […]

UC Davis Fast Facts

UC Davis is the 5th best public university in the United States. –Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education UC Davis is the greenest university in the country, and the 5th greenest university in the world. –GreenMetric World University Ranking 2020 UC Davis is ranked 10th among public universities nationwide. –U.S. News & World Report UC Davis […]


The EEC has vindicated the ambitious vision of its founders. It has brought together leaders in academia, industry and the investment community to advance innovation in energy efficiency and the growing need for a trained labor force. It has also helped reinforce California’s standing as a national and international leader in energy efficiency technologies and […]


Home 🢖 Goals Empower researchers to accelerate innovation. Provide critical services that support collaboration, integration, and demonstration. Provide opportunities (resources, space, technical services, etc.) to incubate new ideas, to conduct applied research, and to generate effective outreach collateral (publications, briefings, webinars, conference presentations, etc.) Coordinate and support integrated research opportunities. Facilitate and advance demonstrative research, […]


Our efforts, in close collaboration with our partners, are making a difference in California and beyond. Our impact is wide and varied and includes:Helping construct the nation’s first zero net energy community.Developing, validating, and/or commercializing technologies and strategies that cut energy use.Working with industries, businesses, and schools to improve energy efficiency.Partnering with people from all […]