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Carrara, Samuel

Postdocs, Visiting Scholars & ResearchersVisiting Scholars

Samuel Carrara holds a Bachelor Degree and a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Major: Energy and Mechanical Plants) and a PhD in Energy and Environmental Technologies, all from the University of Bergamo, Italy.
After working as an engineer in the gas turbine field, he is now researcher at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan, Italy. His main research interests include renewable energies, sustainable development, energy policies, climate and energy economics, advanced energy systems. His research activity is mainly carried out adopting WITCH, the Integrated Assessment Model (IAM) developed at FEEM aiming at studying the socio-economic impacts of climate change. He contributes to its development as well, mainly working on power technologies and transportation. 
In early 2016 he was granted a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship by the European Commission and he has currently been spending the outgoing phase as a visiting scholar at RAEL under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Kammen. His research project is “MERCURY – Modeling the European power sector evolution: low-carbon generation technologies (renewables, CCS, nuclear), the electric infrastructure and their role in the EU leadership in climate policy”. In particular, during his visiting period at UC Berkeley he will work on FEEM’s WITCH and RAEL’s SWITCH models, improving the power sector modeling in the former (system integration of variable renewable energies; electric grid; storage; electricity trade) and integrating the latter in an integrated assessment model framework.

Research Group: 
Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory

Contact Information:
samuel.carrara@feem.it

Kueppers, Lara

Faculty

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Lara Kueppers is an Assistant Professor in the Energy and Resources Group, with a Faculty Scientist appointment at Berkeley Lab. She is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist, whose research focuses on ecological responses and feedbacks to climate change. She uses field experiments and observations, as well as models, to understand climate-ecosystem interactions in forests and agroecosystems. Dr. Kueppers is deputy director of Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments—Tropics, a long-term, multi-institution project funded by the Department of Energy, to better understand and project tropical forest feedbacks to climate change.

Previously, Dr. Kueppers was a Research Scientist in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Berkeley Lab and an Assistant Professor at UC Merced. She holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, and MS and BS degrees from Stanford University.

Curriculum Vitae
Website – pending

Con­tact
310 Bar­rows Hall
Berke­ley, CA 94720–3050
lmkueppers@berkeley.edu

Castro, Felipe

Job Market Candidates

Job Market Paper:

Utility Pricing in the Prosumer Era: An Empirical Analysis of Residential Electricity Pricing in California

Dissertation

On Rate Regulation in Modern Electricity Sectors

Curriculum VitaeCV Felipe Castro

Fields of Research:

  • Applied microeconomics
  • Energy and environmental economics
  • Mathematical programming
  • Computational optimization

Publications:

  • “Optimal Rate Design in Modern Electricity Sectors” with Callaway D.S., submitted to IEEE Transactions on Power Systems
  • “A Mathematical Programming Approach to Public Utility Pricing”, with Lara J.D. and Callaway D.S., in preparation to be submitted to Operations Research.

Education:

PhD, Energy and Resources, University of California at Berkeley, expected May 2017

MA, Economics, University of California at Berkeley, May 2016

MS, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, University of California at Berkeley, December 2012

Industrial Engineering Degree, University of Chile, Chile, December 2007

BS in Industrial Engineering, University of Chile, Chile, December 2005

Honors and Awards:

  • University of California at Berkeley, Summer Institute Preparing for Future Faculty, Institute Fellow, Summer 2016
  • University of California at Berkeley, Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Department Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Chilean Commission for Technological and Scientific Transfer Research Scholarship, Fellowship, 2011-2015

Teaching:

Mathematical Programming II – Teaching Assistant, UC Berkeley, Spring 2012

Summer Research Experience for Trainees – Mentor of PhD Student, UC Berkeley, Summer 2016

Undergrad Student Researcher Program – Mentor of 3 Undergrad Students, UC Berkeley, Academic year 2015 – 2016

Operations Management – Teaching Assistant, University of Chile, Spring 2009

Stochastic Processes – Teaching Assistant, University of Chile, Spring 2007

References:

Prof. Duncan Callaway
Associate Professor
Dept. of Energy & Resources
310 Barrows Hall
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley CA 94720
Phone: (510) 543 5288
dcal@berkeley.edu

Prof. Daniel Kammen
Professor
Dept. of Energy & Resources, and
Goldman School of Public Policy
310 Barrows Hall
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley CA 94720
Phone: (510) 642 1139
kammen@berkeley.edu

Prof. Shmuel Oren
Professor
Dept. of Ind. Eng. & Op. Res.
4141 Etcheverry Hall
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley CA 94720
Phone: (510) 642 1836
oren@ieor.berkeley.edu

Contact Information:

Felipe A. Castro
Energy & Resources Group
University of California at Berkeley
Sutardja Dai Hall, 4th Floor
Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

Mozersky, David

Postdocs, Visiting Scholars & ResearchersResearchers

David Moz­er­sky is the Found­ing Direc­tor of the Pro­gram on Con­flict, Cli­mate Change and Green Devel­op­ment. An expert on Sudan and South Sudan, he has been involved in con­flict pre­ven­tion efforts in Africa since 2001, with a spe­cific inter­est in medi­a­tion, nego­ti­a­tion and peace processes. He has worked with the Inter­na­tional Cri­sis Group, the African Union High-​​Level Panel on the Sudans, and Human­ity United, among oth­ers. He has writ­ten exten­sively about the con­flicts and peace­mak­ing efforts in the Horn of Africa, and has tes­ti­fied or pre­sented before the U.S. Sen­ate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the Cana­dian Par­lia­ment, and South Sudanese Par­lia­ment. David has authored and co-​​authored more than two dozen Inter­na­tional Cri­sis Group reports and brief­ing papers, and his writ­ing has appeared in the Har­vard Inter­na­tional Review, Inter­na­tional Herald-​​Tribune, Finan­cial Times-​​Europe, and other publications.

Contact:
dmozersky@berkeley.edu

Liu, Mingxi

Postdocs, Visiting Scholars & ResearchersPostdoctoral Scholars

Mingxi Liu is currently an NSERC Postdoc Fellow working at the Energy Modeling, Analysis & Control Group (EMAC) in Energy & Resources Group (ERG) with Dr. Duncan Callaway. He is particularly interested in designing and implementing advanced and tractable control algorithms in the context of Smart Grid/City. He is currently working on aggregation and charging control of electric vehicles to realize various demand response functions. He strongly believes that a tiny change from each of us, if aggregated, does matter.

Before joining UC Berkeley, Mingxi obtained his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria, Canada in 2016. In his Ph.D. dissertation, he investigated the potential of and developed tractable methodologies for residential thermostatically controlled loads and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles providing demand response services. In 2012, he received his M.A.Sc. degree from University of Victoria with the thesis studying the optimal design of combined cooling, heating, and power systems. Mingxi received B.Eng. degree in Control Sciences and Engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, China in 2010.

Mingxi is an active reviewer for many leading journals, including Proceedings of the IEEE, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Power and Energy Society Letters, IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technologies, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems, International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, etc. He’s currently serving as an Associate Editor of 2017 IEEE International Conference on Control and Automation.

Mingxi’s full publication list can be found at here.

Clar, Christoph

Postdocs, Visiting Scholars & ResearchersVisiting Scholars

Christoph Clar is a political scientist whose work combines approaches from political and environmental science, social geography and natural resource governance. After his graduation from the University of Vienna (Doctoral thesis on the functions of territory for the capitalist organization of society), he started working at the Institute of Forest, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna). In addition he is teaching at the University of Vienna (Department of Development Studies, Department of Political Science). His research interests are water resources management, environmental and climate politics. He is a visiting scholar at the Energy and Resources Group within the Fulbright Program. His current project is on the ‘Politics of scale’ in transboundary water resources management and compares river basins in the US and Europe.

Links:

Contact:
christoph.clar@berkeley.edu
christoph.clar@boku.ac.at

Cabiyo, Bodie

Student

Bodie seeks to use interdisciplinary tools to find and implement energy solutions that meet the needs of the developing world without compromising human and environmental well-being. He has spent the last two years working on developing clean-burning cookstoves for both an NGO (in India) and a social enterprise (in US/East Africa). These experiences took him from rural villages to high-tech cookstove manufacturing and testing facilities and gave him a deep respect for the nuances of creating a great product. In 2014, Bodie graduated with a BS in Environmental Science and was honored as the Presidential Scholar for Huxley School of the Environment.

Publications:
Website 1
Website 2

Contact:
LinkedIn
bodie.cabiyo@berkeley.edu

Dolginow, Alex

Student

Alex Dolginow is a Master’s degree candidate interested in understanding appropriate design and conditions for ‘environmental markets,’ such as trading of carbon, water, and conserved land. He hopes to combine economic, policy, and technical approaches to analyze such markets in places like Brazil and Indonesia. Prior to Cal, Alex worked as a strategy consultant with California Environmental Associates, focusing on agriculture and climate, fisheries and aquaculture, and multi-funder collaborations. Before that, he served as program manager at a Sonoma County non-profit, where he worked to reduce emissions from dairy cows.

Publications:
Strategies for Mitigating Climate Change in Agriculture

Contact:
LinkedIn
adolginow@berkeley.edu

Tome, Emma

Student

Emma’s interests are at the intersection of climate change adaptation, environmental justice, and science and technology studies, with a focus on renewable energy technology adoption in under-resourced communities. She received her B.A. in Geography and B.S. in Environmental Sciences at UC Berkeley in 2011, and her undergraduate research focused on critical approaches to GIS technology in the context of Tribal land management. Prior to ERG, she worked for GRID Alternatives, a non-profit solar installer.

Contact:
LinkedIn
emma.tome@berkeley.edu

Ferrall, Isa

Student

Isa is a MS/PhD student in the Energy and Resources Group. She is interested in the impact of renewable energy on rural electrification, global development, and the domestic energy sector. Previously, Isa gained experience on both the technical and applied sides of renewable energy. She researched innovative energy materials at Duke University and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as well as analyzed solar home system data for Off-Grid Electric in Tanzania. Isa graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University in 2015 with distinction in Mechanical Engineering and a Certificate in Energy and the Environment.

Publications:
Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Water Oxidation via Atomic Layer Deposition of TiO2 on Fluorine-Doped Tin Oxide Nanoparticle Films

Contact:
LinkedIn
isa.ferrall@berkeley.edu