The Energy and Resources Group trains interdisciplinary leaders and thinkers that are defining and solving the systemic, inextricably linked, social, environmental, and technological challenges facing the globe. ERG has built an unparalleled reputation for rigor and relevance through its unique interdisciplinary model. While ERG alumni share a common skillset in practical problem solving, their areas of substantive expertise and their employment interests are amazingly diverse.

Alumni

Testa, Monica

Monica Testa

MA

Monica obtained her Masters in 2015 from the Energy and Resources Group. She is interested in electric vehicle adoption, alternative energy policy, and sustainable energy development. Her research involves modeling ... Continue Reading »

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Michael Ting

MS

The Silver Bullet with Brown Baggage? Scenarios of the Emissions Impacts of Demand Response in California (05 MS)

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Tome, Emma

Emma Tome

MS

Who Governs a Sustainable Neighborhood? Planning a Community-scale Retrofit in Oakland, California (MS ’18) Emma’s interests are at the intersection of climate change adaptation, environmental justice, and science and technology ... Continue Reading »

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Kathy Tonnessen

MA, PhD

Integrated Assessment of Environmental Impacts: A Regulatory Approach to the Problem (’79 MA) The Potential Effects of Acid Deposition on Aquatic Ecosystems of the Sierra Nevada, California (’83 PhD)

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Margaret Torn

MS, PhD

The Threats to Biological Diversity in California (’90 MS) Environmental Controls Over Methane Flux from Ecosystems and the Potential for Feedbacks with Climatic Change (’94 PhD) See Faculty Profile

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Sarah Trainor

MA, PhD

Money Talks, But What Can it Say?  Bridging the Economic and Philosophic in Wilderness Values & Valuation (98 MA) Conflicting Values, Contested Terrain: Mormon, Paiute and Wilderness Advocate Values of ... Continue Reading »

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Derrick Tucker

MA

Appropriate Technology and Soft Energy as Perspectives on Technology – Society Interactions (’86 MA)

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Brian Turner

MS

E85, Flex-Fuel Vehicles, and AB 1493: Integrating biofuels into California’s vehicular greenhouse gas regulations (06 MS)

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Matthew Turner

PhD

Life on the Margin: Fulsse Herding Practices and the Relationship Between Economy and Ecology in the Inland Niger Delta of Mali (’92 Ph.D.)

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Alyce Ujihara

MA

Transfer of State-Owned Energy Resources in California (’87 M.A.)

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Tony Usibelli

MS

The Geopressured Geothermal Resource of the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast; A Technology Characterization and Environmental Assessment (’80 M.S.)

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Adriana Valencia

MS, PhD

Improved Cookstoves in Michoacán, México:  A Search for an Integrated Perspective that Promotes Local Culture, Health, and Sustainability (’04 MS) Missing Links:  Demystifying Alternative Energy Use and Improving Decision Making ... Continue Reading »

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Susan Valentine

MS

Kern County, California–A Potential Contributor to Acid Deposition (’83 MS)

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Nikhil Vijaykar

MS

Consolidation as a Solution for Central Valley Water Woes: An Exploratory Study in Tulare County (’13 MS)

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David Von Hippel

MS, PhD

The Effect of Intensive Organic Matter Utilization on Soil Quality: Protecting the Soil Resource Without Giving Up On Biomass (’83 M.S.) An Analysis of an Ethanol-Producing Solar-Bioconversion Process Using the ... Continue Reading »

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Von Meier, Alexandra

Alexandra Von Meier

MA, PhD

Grid-Connected Photovotaics: A Comparison of Three Siting Strategies (’90 M.A.) Cultural Factors in Technology Adoption: A Case Study of Electric Utilities and Distribution Automation (’95 Ph.D.)

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Wadia, Cyrus

Cyrus Wadia

MS, PhD

"In a sense, we’re going through a tran­si­tion here. The indus­try is going through a tran­si­tion that we’re only see­ing the begin­ning of,” says Dr. Cyrus Wadia (PhD’08). Cyrus knows about transitions. He has been a policy advocate, business entrepreneur and scientific innovator for clean energy and human welfare prior, throughout and since his time at ERG. He has not only observed but has been part of the change in the world’s switch to solar. His multiple hats and his work on the frontline edge of policy, economics and science made him a perfect fit for the interdisciplinary program at ERG.

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Lucy Wamukonya

MS

Classification of Biomass Fuels for Fouling & Slagging Using Principal Component Analysis (’96 M.S.)

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Dina Washburn

MA

Competing in the California Power Market: Bonneville’s Struggle to Overcome the Barriers (’86 M.A.)

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Robert Weisenmiller

MS

Electricity Consumption in California for Residential Heating and Cooling (’77 M.S.)

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West, Justin

Justin West

MS

Justin’s background in botany and agroecology informs his research in perennial crop farming systems and woody biomass coppice. Most recently he has been researching tropical fodder bank systems in South ... Continue Reading »

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Lee Wexler

MS

Population Growth, Global Warming, and the Carbon Externality to Childbearing (’95 M.S.)

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Charles White

MS, PhD

Closing the Material Loop:  Investigating the Dynamics of, Motivations for, and Obstacles to Material Recycling through a Case Study on Product Recovery and Demanufacturing in the Computer Industry (’99 MS) ... Continue Reading »

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Andrew Wilcox

MS

Transmountain Water Diversions in the Colorado Rockies (MS, ’96)

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Christopher Williams

MA

The Hands that will Build our Energy Future:  Administrative and Labor Capacity for Building Energy Efficiency Policies In China and India (MA ’11)

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Williams, Jim

Jim Williams

MS, PhD

M.S. 1986 – A Vehicular Power Plant Application of the Monolithic Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Ph.D. 1995 – Fan-Lizhi’s Big Bang: Science and Politics in Mao’s China ERG alumnus Jim Williams, now ... Continue Reading »

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Margrethe Winslow

PhD

Environmental Quality, Economic Growth, and Democracy: A Theoretical and Empirical Examination of the Linkages (’02 PhD)

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Ryan Wiser

MS, PhD

Alternative Windpower Ownership Structures: Financing Terms and Project Costs (’96 MS) Public Goods and Private Interests: The Role of Voluntary Green Power Demand in Achieving Environmental Improvements (’02 PhD)

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Witt, Maggie

Maggie Witt

MS

Maggie’s research focuses on reducing the environmental impacts of transportation by decreasing both the amount that people drive and the per-mile emissions of personal vehicles. Her work focuses on California’s ... Continue Reading »

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Woelfle-Erskine, Cleo

Cleo Woelfle-Erskine

MS, PhD

In the tradition of Barad and Haraway, I practice Science and Technology Studies (STS) “from the inside”, drawing on my own natural science training to inform the theoretical frameworks I ... Continue Reading »

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Cecile Wolf

MA

Daylight Availability: Review & Analysis of the Literature up to 1979: Relevance to Daylighting Design in the U.S.: Suggestions for Futher Data Collection and Treatment (’79 MA)

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Gabrielle Wong-Parodi

MA, PhD

NGO Perceptions of Geologic Sequestration (MA ’07) Perspectives on Carbon Capture and Sequestration in the United States (PhD ’11)

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Woods, Emily

Emily Woods

MS

Impacts of Student-Led Service Learning Water Project in Rural Cameroon (MS’16) A graduate of Georgia Tech with a B.S in mechanical engineering. A selection of her work includes drilling water ... Continue Reading »

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Worley, Peter

Peter Worley

MS

Ohio Industrial Electricity Rates: Is the Price Right? (MS ’19) Peter is interested in investigating the market and regulatory barriers to technological solutions to renewable energy generation, net-zero buildings, and ... Continue Reading »

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Janice Wright

MS

Supply Curves of Conserved Energy for California’s Residential Sector (’80 M.S.)

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Wu, Grace

Grace Wu

MS, PhD

Land Use in Renewable Energy Planning (PhD ’18) Inspired by the possibility of ecologically-bounded growth, Grace is interested in water and land use impacts of energy technologies; water management that ... Continue Reading »

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David Yardas

MS

Regional Hydrologic Interdependence and Electric  Power System Planning: The Pacific Northwest, California, and the Pacific Northwest-Pacific Southwest Intertie (’84 M.S.)

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Sami Yassa

MS

Acid Deposition and Forest Nutrient Cycles: An Analysis of Changes in Soil Chemistry over Time on Camels Hump Mountain in Northern Vermont (’88 MS)

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Emily Yeh

PhD

Taming the Tibetan Landscape:  Chinese development and the transformation of agriculture (03 PhD)

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Yevoo, Edem

Edem Yevoo

MS

Edem received his B.S in Environmental Science and Technology, with a concentration in Ecological Technology Design and minor in Geographic Information Science (GIS) from the University of Maryland, College Park ... Continue Reading »

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Eli Yewdall

MA

Seeds of Change:  Making High School Climate Change Education Transformative (’05 MA)

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Yip, Anna

Anna Yip

MS

Anna spent most of her undergrad career studying and analyzing her campus’ ‘Zero Waste by 2020’ goal. She quickly fell in love with the field and plans to dedicate the ... Continue Reading »

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Zenkin, Svetlana

Svetlana Zenkin

MS

Challenges and Opportunities for Corporate Fleet Transitions to Lower-Carbon Fuels (MS ’14) Svetlana is interested in the intersection of public policy and corporate social responsibility, as well as in the ... Continue Reading »

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Neil Ziemba

MS

Management of a Contaminated Groundwater Basin in California’s San Gabriel Valley (’88 M.S.)

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Victoria Ziemba

MS

Water Management: A Complete Guide for Households (’88 M.S.)

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Scott Zimmermann

MS

Sustainable Biofuels: Designing Indirect Land Use Change Regulations that are Compatible with International Trade Law (MS ’08)

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Beth Zotter

MS

Shifting Agricultural Subsidies to Promote Biomass Utilization (’04 MS)

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