UC Davis-Office of Naval Research Collaboration

UC Davis was selected as one of six universities to receive multi-million dollar funding from the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) to conduct energy research and train military personnel as part of the Navy Enterprise Partnership Teaming with Universities for National Excellence (NEPTUNE) program. NEPTUNE aims to help the Navy and Marine Corps discover ways to improve energy conservation, generate renewable energy, and implement energy-efficient technologies, while giving active duty military, military students, and veterans the chance to immerse themselves in university-level research.

As part of the NEPTUNE program, UC Davis is undertaking 8 energy-related research projects. Each project will help the Navy reach its energy goals and will employ and train undergraduate and graduate level students that are prospective, current, and former military personnel.

“Through its NEPTUNE funding UC Davis is conducting research projects with student veterans that can help the military achieve its goal of reduced energy use.”

Research Projects


Principal Investigators 


Erfan Rasouli

Research Coordinator

Vinod Narayanan

Overall Principal Investigator

Benjamin Finkelor

EEI Executive Director

Jason Okunnuga

EEI Financial Analyst

Events and Activities

Other NEPTUNE Universities

For more information, please contact Erfan Rasouli.