Energy Systems

The Energy Graduate Group is designed to meet the world’s growing needs for highly qualified, thoughtful and dedicated leaders in sustainable energy systems. In addition to coursework and research, students interact with researchers and leaders from industry, government, public interest groups, and academia through seminars, internships, and visiting lectures.

Graduate Group Coordinator

Annemarie Schaaf
1605 Tilia, Suite #100
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 752-0247
Email Annemarie Schaaf

Degree Offerings

M.S. and Ph.D.

Program Highlights

  • Addresses energy systems broadly, with a focus on renewable energy, transportation fuels, and energy efficiency
  • Offers rigorous, science-based degrees without the requirement of an engineering degree.
  • Promotes interdisciplinary interaction among graduate students and faculty, and with energy and environmental professionals in industry and government.
  • Large, world-renowned community of faculty and researchers engaged in energy research and teaching.
  • UC Davis is located in close proximity to federal and state agencies, stakeholders and industries in the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay Areas—excellent sources of expertise and potential employment in energy-related fields.
  • California is a global leader in energy efficiency, low-carbon vehicles and fuels, renewable energy, and grid storage.

Research Focus Areas

To advance our energy system, the Energy Efficiency Center has built a strong research program through its Centers, Global Impact Efforts, Collaborators, and Research Initiatives. The EEC integrates technical and business expertise to drive market-changing energy efficiency solutions by:

  • Conducting leading research in lighting; heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration; water-energy efficiency; and plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles.
  • Developing solutions in the wine, food, and beverage industry.
  • Conducting market research to help utility and energy companies evaluate the market demand and potential for emerging technologies and solutions.
  • Developing safe, secure data platforms on which advanced analytics can generate insights into efficiency efforts.
  • Creating new approaches to building audits, identification of energy efficiency opportunities, and financing mechanisms.
  • Accelerating the transfer of energy innovations to and from developing countries.
  • Fostering research and collaboration in energy economics.
  • Understanding human behavior and its connection to energy.
  • Improving user interfaces on energy equipment and systems.