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Sustainable Energy Industry Immersion

With the increase in global population, alterations in climate patterns, and the possibility of exhausting fossil fuel reserves, the challenge to produce, store, and distribute energy while minimizing the negative effects on our environment has become a critical determinant of global development and security. ​

Live Case Study: Chevron and cap-and-trade

Sustainable Energy Industry Immersion

Fast facts

  • Curriculum designed by both UC Davis faculty and industry executives to reflect the latest challenges in the industry
  • Classes comprised of students from Graduate School of Management, Energy Graduate Group, Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Engineering
  • Ten weeks of interactive classes on Fridays in Winter Quarter taught by senior executives from a select group of companies
  • Group assignments in every class, examining potential solutions to management challenges
  • Project work to follow in Spring Quarter, giving students more in-depth exposure to specific problems in a certain company
  • Possible internship opportunities in Energy companies during Summer Quarter
  • Potential opportunities for students to take classes during the following year in other departments to expand their education in the industry
Bruce Karas, Vice President of Environment, Sustainability, Safety & Technical Information, Coca-Cola North AmericaKathy Hannun, CEO, Dandelion EnergyStudents discuss  business models and climate, fossil fuel and renewable energy issues. Claire Halbrook MBA 18

360-Degree Energy

This program will prepare the next generation of leaders in this vital industry. You’ll have multiple exposures to significant challenges in the industry and will work in interdisciplinary teams to find solutions.

You’ll learn from top industry executives about:

  • Global Energy in Financial Perspective
  • The Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Renewable Energy
  • The Complexities of Providing Electricity and Gas in Northern California’s Vibrant and Transforming Economy
  • Managing Water and Energy
  • Shaping the Energy Future with Our Customers
  • Changing the Utility Business Model for the 21st Century
  • Managing One of the World’s Largest Energy Providers Safely and Effectively in a Turbulent Industry

“The Sustainable Energy Immersion truly captured just how diverse this industry has become,” – Paula Avery MBA 19.

2017-18 Speakers

“It’s very engaging, very interactive… The executives who come here tend to have a dialogue with the class, as opposed to a standard lecture, which I appreciate.” – Mekdem Wright MBA 19

Live Case Studies Presented by Executives:

  • Adopting renewable technologies at plants for a major beverage company
  • Accelerating electric vehicle adoption through rebates or ad campaigns
  • Persuading contractors to work with home geothermal heating products
  • Advising a governor on a natural gas project in an environmentally sensitive area
  • Complying with cap-and-trade as a major energy player