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.

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.

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.

Western Cooling Efficiency Center Coursework

ECI-125: Building Energy Performance – Winter 2011 | Download the Syllabus
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California Davis
Instructor: Prof. Mark Modera
The principal objectives of this class are to provide students with an understanding of the mechanisms behind the energy consumption of buildings, and to introduce students to energy efficiency as a means to reduce that energy consumption. The principal focus will be on the energy use associated with maintaining thermal comfort, but the course will also cover the other significant energy end uses in buildings. The student will learn about mechanisms and technologies for improving the energy efficiency of buildings, once again focused primarily on the maintenance of a comfortable indoor environment. Specific topics to be covered include: energy end uses in buildings, thermal loads, ventilation and air infiltration, thermal energy distribution, HVAC systems, characterization of weather, and methods for simulating energy performance.
EME-165: Heat Transfer – Fall 2011 | Download the Extended Outline
Department of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering, University of California Davis
Instructor: Prof. Mark Modera

Course Description: Conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer. Computational modeling of heat transfer in engineering. Applications to engineering equipment with the use of digital computers.