Education

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

We are always interested in working with inspired undergraduate students with an interest in energy efficiency. The ideal candidate for an undergraduate researcher at the Center 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. This candidate 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 the 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: wcec@ucdavis.edu

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 student researchers are an integral part to our research goals. From data acclamation to field observation reviews, our student researchers work at the same level of detail and professionalism as our full-time engineers.

The graduate research opportunities at the Center span a wide range of disciplines combining efforts with our co-Research Centers (CLTC and EEC), Research Partners (NREL, LBNL, ORNL, PNNL and many others) Industry Manufacturers and Utilities. From new technologies such as residential Graywater treatment solutions to larger, more comprehensive projects like the upcoming Multi-Family Light Commercial project, WCEC graduate students are challenged to break ground on a vast array of cutting-edge research.

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Graduate Program Coordinator

Annemarie Schaaf
aschaaf@ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-0247

Graduate Student Faculty Advisor

Mark Modera
Director - Energy and Efficiency Institute
mpmodera@ucdavis.edu

Graduate Student Faculty Advisor

Vinod Naranayan
Associate Director - Western Cooling Efficiency Center
vnarayanan@ucdavis.edu

Graduate Student Faculty Advisor

Alan Meier
Adj. Professor, Environmental Science and Policy - Energy and Efficiency Institute
akmeier@ucdavis.edu

 

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

energy.ucdavis.edu

CONTACT

Annemarie Schaaf

aschaaf@ucdavis.edu

(530) 752-0247

Visiting Scholars

At WCEC, we thrive on comprehensive 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 utilize their expertise and experience to help advance cooling efficiency technology.

CONTACT

wcec@ucdavis.edu

When contacting advisor, attach a CV and please state:

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