Sustainable Energy Industry Immersion
MGT 209-004
Fridays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., 3102 Gallagher

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. ​

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 (e.g., SMUD, Sierra Energy)
  • 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

Speakers & Topics

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.

Friday, January 5, 2018
Introduction to Energy and Sustainability


Nicole Biggart

Research Professor and Professor Emerita
UC Davis Graduate School of Management


Benjamin Finkelor

Executive Director
UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center

Friday, January 12, 2018

Global Energy in Financial Perspective


Russell Read
Chief Investment Officer
Alaska Permanent Fund Corp.

Friday, January 19, 2018



Rob Bernard
Chief Environmental & Cities Strategist
Microsoft Corporation

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Renewable Energy: Dandelion Energy and Home Geothermal


Kathy Hannun
Dandelion Energy


James Quazi
Chief Technology Officer
Dandelion Energy

Friday, February 2, 2018

The Complexities of Providing Electricity and Gas in Northern California’s Vibrant and Transforming Economy


Fong Wan
Senior Vice President, Energy Policy and Procurement
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Friday, February 9, 2018

 Water is Our Number One Ingredient: Managing Water and Energy at Coca-Cola


Bruce Karas
Vice President of Environment, Sustainability, Safety and Technical Information
Coca-Cola North America

Friday, February 16, 2018

Shaping the Energy Future with Our Customers


Arlen Orchard
CEO and General Manager
Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Friday, February 23 , 2018

Changing the Utility Business Model for the 21st Century


Larry Kellerman
Managing Partner
TFC Utilities

Friday, March 2, 2018

Managing One of the World’s Largest Energy Providers Safely and Effectively in a Turbulent Industry


Wesley Lohec
Vice President of Health, Environment and Safety
Chevron Corporation

Friday, March 9, 2018

Mark Vanderhelm
Vice President, Energy at Walmart for the Sustainable Energy Industry Immersion