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.

Peter Alstone

Peter’s research focus areas are infor­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy approaches to energy devel­op­ment, under­stand­ing mar­kets for demand-​​side energy tech­nol­ogy, and energy tech­nol­ogy pol­icy. Out­side of aca­d­e­mics, he con­tributes to the Light­ing Global pro­gram, which sup­ports the mar­ket for mod­ern off-​​grid light­ing in the devel­op­ing world. Peter’s work for Light­ing Global includes tech­ni­cal and engi­neer­ing sup­port, pol­icy devel­op­ment, […]

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.

Anne-​​Perrine Avrin

Anne-​​Perrine is a PhD stu­dent in the Energy and Resources Group and a research fel­low within the energy com­pany Areva. In the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory, her research focuses on long-​​term capac­ity expan­sion plan­ning for the energy mix in China, and quan­ti­ta­tive meth­ods to adjust least-​​cost energy tran­si­tion path­ways by tak­ing uncer­tainty on cost […]

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 […]

Karim El Alami

Karim is a MS stu­dent in Civil and Envi­ron­men­tal Engi­neer­ing at UC Berke­ley. He is cur­rently work­ing in the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory of Daniel Kam­men, on the Green Jobs Projects at a fed­eral scale.  The main goal is to eval­u­ate the fed­eral cre­ation of green jobs in the next decades in the US and […]

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 […]

Josiah Johnston

I grew up in a rural part of the Ozark Moun­tains. I’m great at con­struc­tion and swing­ing a pick. Between col­lege and grad school I lived in Bal­ti­more for five years. When I left for grad school, I was a tenured researcher in a genet­ics lab and had a seat on the board of a com­mu­nity devel­op­ment cor­po­ra­tion. I came to ERG in attempts to […]

Joe Kantenbacher

Joe's scholarship in centered on issues of environmental behavior and sustainable consumption. With his research, he explores the connections between energy and goods consumption and happiness, interrogating the theory that reduced consumption can support improvements in quality of life. He is particularly interested in the potential for discussions about time use to support, enhance, and accelerate movement toward a more sustainable and satisfying economy. Joe is currently a PhD Candidate in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley, and, before beginning graduate studies, was an assistant gentleman-farmer in British Columbia.

Noah Kittner

Noah Kit­tner is a PhD stu­dent in the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berke­ley and researcher in the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory. After grad­u­at­ing with a BS in Envi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence from UNC-​​Chapel Hill (high­est hon­ors), Noah was a Ful­bright Fel­low at the Joint Grad­u­ate School for Energy and Envi­ron­ment in Bangkok, Thai­land research­ing […]

 Diego Ponce de Leon

I am work­ing on my  MS/​PhD at the Energy and Resources Group (ERG). My research is in low-​​carbon (low-​​impact) energy sys­tems and eco­nomic devel­op­ment, mod­el­ing high renew­able energy future sce­nar­ios, and deploy­ing sMArt Grid (high-​​tech/​low-​​cost) pilots in the ris­ing south.  I’ve worked in Chi­a­pas (Mex­ico) devel­op­ing regional micro­cre­dit schemes and river sur­vey stud­ies,  designed and built […]

Daniel Sanchez

Daniel L. Sanchez is a Ph.D. stu­dent and a researcher in the Renew­able and Appro­pri­ate Energy Lab­o­ra­tory. He is inter­ested in quan­ti­ta­tive analy­sis to inform pub­lic pol­icy, focus­ing on bioen­ergy and cli­mate pol­icy. Daniel has pre­vi­ously held posi­tions with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-​​Energy (ARPA-​​E), Green for All, and the Cal­i­for­nia Pub­lic Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion. He holds an […]

Rebekah Shirley

Rebekah Shirley is cur­rently a PhD stu­dent with the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley where she also obtained a MSc. Energy and Resources and a MSc. Civil Engi­neer­ing. She has a Bach­e­lor of Arts and Sci­ence in Envi­ron­ment at McGill Uni­ver­sity. She is from Trinidad and Tobago and worked there doing envi­ron­men­tal impact […]

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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