RAEL Students

Stu­dents in RAEL a diverse group, with inter­ests and back­grounds from all over the world, and all over the aca­d­e­mic, civil soci­ety, gov­ern­ment ser­vice, and com­mer­cial uni­verse.  Please look through the RAEL projects, pub­li­ca­tion lists, and stu­dent pages to learn more about this remark­able group.

Nkiruka Avila

Nkiruka Avila is a graduate student in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated with Summa cum Laude honors in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked in various sectors of the energy industry, from engineering design and production to end-use distribution and marketing. Her current research interests include renewable energy integration, sustainable energy development and rural electrification.

Dennis V. Best

Den­nis has focused his career on tech­nol­ogy and sus­tain­abil­ity pol­icy in emerg­ing and devel­op­ing economies. His research inter­ests include tech­nol­ogy and inno­va­tion pol­icy and impacts to resource and rural devel­op­ment, tech­nol­ogy trans­fer and the polit­i­cal econ­omy of land use man­age­ment. He has led pro­grams with the Paris based Inter­na­tional Energy Agency, as an offi­cial of the […]

Ian Bolliger

Ian is a National Defense Sci­ence and Engi­neer­ing Grad­u­ate Fel­low in the Energy and Resources Group and a mem­ber of the inau­gural “Envi­ron­ment and Soci­ety: Data Sci­ence for the 21st Cen­tury” National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion Research Trainee­ship (NRT) cohort. His research inter­ests lie at the inter­sec­tion of energy sys­tems, cli­mate change adap­ta­tion, and global health. He […]

Juan Pablo Carvallo Bodelon

Since grad­u­at­ing as an elec­tron­ics engi­neer in 2004, JP Car­vallo has been work­ing, study­ing, and research­ing dif­fer­ent aspects of the energy field. His cur­rent inter­ests relate to var­ied top­ics in sus­tain­able devel­op­ment for less indus­tri­al­ized economies, with a geo­graph­i­cal focus in Latin Amer­ica and Asia. He brings together dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines – engi­neer­ing, eco­nom­ics, polit­i­cal sci­ence, and soci­ol­ogy […]

Patricia Hildalgo-​​Gonzalez

Patri­cia grad­u­ated as an indus­trial and elec­tri­cal engi­neer in 2012 from Pon­ti­f­i­cia Uni­ver­si­dad Católica de Chile (PUC). Dur­ing her under­grad­u­ate stud­ies she worked as a Lin­ear Alge­bra teach­ing assis­tant for three years, per­formed research in Dr. Daniel Kammen’s Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory (RAEL) at UC Berke­ley work­ing on the SWITCH model for the US. She […]

Isa Ferrall

Isa Fer­rall is a MS/Ph.D. stu­dent in the Energy and Resources Group and Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley. 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 […]

Kelly Jiang

As an under­grad­u­ate Kelly was invited to work as a GSR to com­pile data on decen­tral­ized renew­able energy (DRE) in part­ner­ship with Power for All (P4All) as part of a larger effort to research and to build the case for uni­ver­sal elec­tric­ity access by 2025 through dis­trib­uted renew­able energy.  In this project Kelly is work­ing with Dr. […]

John Akol Akol Kuan

Akol Kuan is a civil engi­neer­ing major and Maser­Card Foun­da­tion Scholar at UC Berkeley. In RAEL, Akol is focus­ing on the design and oper­a­tion of clean energy mini-​​grids for refugee com­mu­ni­ties, with a project focused on the UNHCR Kakuma Refugee Camp.  Kakuma is a town in north­west­ern Turkana County, Kenya. It is the site of […]

Serena Patel

Ser­ena is an Energy Engi­neer­ing major at UC Berke­ley, where she is engaged in num­ber of activ­i­ties, including: Work­ing at the Stu­dent Envi­ron­men­tal Resource Cen­ter under the Zero Waste Research Cen­ter to help food ven­dors achieve zero waste goals, cre­at­ing a cul­ture of zero waste within the stu­dent body through edu­ca­tion, and con­duct­ing research on com­postable plas­tics recycling. Dur­ing […]

Jessica Reilly-​​Moman

Jes­sica Reilly who is cur­rently sup­ported by a Ful­bright Fel­low­ship to study coastal cli­mate change in Mex­ico, has now also been awarded the Insti­tute of Cur­rent World Affairs Fel­low­ship.  Over the next two years, Jes­sica and her part­ner Josh Moman will sail the Pacific coast of Cen­tral Amer­ica, cross through the Panama canal, and move into the […]

Kenji Shiraishi

Kenji is a Ph.D. stu­dent with the Gold­man School of Pub­lic Pol­icy and a researcher in the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory. His cur­rent research inter­ests include empir­i­cal stud­ies and quan­ti­ta­tive mod­el­ing on the effec­tive­ness of renew­able energy poli­cies in devel­op­ing and devel­oped coun­tries for effec­tive deci­sion mak­ing. He is also inter­ested in devel­op­ing bet­ter […]

Samira Siddique

Samira Sid­dique is an MS/​PhD can­di­date in the Energy and Resources Group. Her stud­ies focus on the inter­con­nected social, eco­nomic, and phys­i­cal processes of urban­iza­tion and cli­mate change in Asia. She was pre­vi­ously an inter­na­tional devel­op­ment researcher at Math­e­mat­ica Pol­icy Research, where her work included an eval­u­a­tion of the Global Pro­to­col for Community-​​scale Green­house Gas […]

Alana (Laney) Siegner

Alana is a first-​​year Master’s stu­dent in the Energy and Resources Group. Prior to arriv­ing at ERG, she received her under­grad­u­ate degree from Tufts Uni­ver­sity (2012) in Envi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies and Inter­na­tional Rela­tions. She served as an Ameri­Corps National Teach­ing Fel­low for two years at the Dever-​​McCormack School in Dorch­ester, MA, teach­ing 8th grade aca­d­e­mic enrich­ment […]

Julia Szinai

Julia stud­ied eco­nom­ics and Span­ish at UC Berke­ley as an under­grad­u­ate, and real­ized her inter­est in energy and envi­ron­men­tal issues while a research assis­tant at the UC Energy Insti­tute. After con­sult­ing in the energy and finance sec­tors, she worked at Pacific Gas & Elec­tric fore­cast­ing elec­tric gen­er­a­tion and its cost for cus­tomer rates. She focused on […]

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