Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

We are always interested in working with inspired undergraduate students. The ideal candidate would be in their 3rd year, committed to an internship with the Center for at least 6 months, including full-time work over the summer. We are looking for students with strong analytical skills and an interest in energy efficiency in the built environment. Candidates should have a fundamental understanding of Fluid Mechanics, Experimental Methods, Heat Transfer, Numerical Analysis and Thermodynamics.

Undergraduate researchers at the Center have the opportunity to publish academic work and contribute to important and relevant research that impacts industry. Some of our students have the opportunity to use their research as the focus for a Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Project.

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Contact us at:

In your email, attach a resume and please state:

  • Why you want to work at WCEC
  • What is your major
  • Anticipated graduation date

Research Opportunities for Graduate Students

At WCEC, our graduate student researchers are an integral part of our team. From data acquisition to field observation, our graduate student researchers work at the same level of detail and professionalism as our full-time engineers.

Graduate research opportunities at the Center span a wide range of disciplines and graduate students are challenged to break ground on a vast array of cutting-edge research.

WCEC Alumni

Our students and staff go to work for a variety of industry, academic, public, and non-profit organizations. View our Alumni page to see where our UC Davis grads end up.

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Graduate Program Coordinator

Annemarie Schaaf
(530) 752-0247

Graduate Student Faculty Advisor

Mark Modera
Director - Energy and Efficiency Institute

Graduate Student Faculty Advisor

Vinod Naranayan
Associate Director - Western Cooling Efficiency Center

Graduate Student Faculty Advisor

Alan Meier
Adj. Professor, Environmental Science and Policy - Energy and Efficiency Institute


Energy Graduate Group (EGG)

The Energy Graduate Group (EGG) provides the interdisciplinary training required to tackle the energy challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

Our mission is to produce graduates who will be energy leaders and experts in government, the private sector, and academia.

The EGG offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Energy Systems. Students will take relevant coursework from across the UC Davis campus and undertake interdisciplinary research to address pressing environmental, economic, policy, and social challenges related to energy production and consumption facing California, the U.S., and the world. EGG is housed within the Energy and Efficiency Institute, which includes research centers, programs, and partnerships where students conduct research. Find more information at


Annemarie Schaaf

(530) 752-0247

Visiting Scholars

At WCEC, we thrive on ideas that can challenge convention and strengthen our research goals. Our holistic approach to knowledge requires a diverse and independent group that gives voice to all segments of efficiency research. That is why we welcome many different scholars from around the globe to collaborate and use their expertise and experience to help advance cooling efficiency technology.


When contacting us, please provide the following:

  • Your CV
  • Your research interest
  • Why you want to do research at WCEC
  • Any funding that will support your visit
  • Potential dates to visit