Graduate Students

Dominique De Wit
Graduate Student Researcher
dode@ucsc.edu

Dominique de Wit has come to UCSC to study environmental governance and renewable energy.  She was born in the Netherlands, but developed a passion for politics and environmental studies while growing up in Southeast Asia. She completed her undergrad in South Carolina, has interned at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, D.C. and has taught at the Coastal Montessori Charter School.

 

 

   Dominique de Wit     

 

Daniel M. Dryden
PhD Student in Materials Science & Engineering
dmdryden@ucdavis.edu  

Daniel Dryden is a first-year PhD student in the Stroeve Group, studying Materials Science & Engineering. His research focuses on the growth and characterization of thermoelectric materials for energy harvesting, as well as grid integration of new and novel alternative energy technologies. He received his BS in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell University in 2011, and his M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 2014. 

 

 

 

     

Kelley Hestmark
PhD Student in Biological and Agricultural Engineering  
kvhestmark@ucdavis.edu 

Kelley earned her dual B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering and Biochemistry at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012. As an undergraduate, she collaborated with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in order to study the change in efficiency of wind turbines under different atmospheric conditions. She also worked with the Environmental Protection Agency to discover which retired superfund sites could be suitable for wind farm installation. During her time at Davis, she hopes to contribute to the development of cost effective and useful applications of biofuels and waste to energy technologies in the developing world.

   Kelly Hestmark  

 

Steven Wiryadinata
PhD Student in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering  
swirya@ucdavis.edu

Steven Wiryadinata is a PhD student with the UC Davis Mechanical and Aerospace engineering. His research interests are on renewable energy, energy efficiency, system models and experimentation with special focus on sustainable liquid fuel production. He has experience as a consulting engineer in commercial and industrial energy efficiency as well as distributed non-renewable (CHP) and renewable power generation for various California and Hawaii clients, including food processors, wastewater treatment facilities, plastics manufacturers and commercial buildings.  He holds an Master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from UC Davis.

  Steven Wirya  

 

Yingying Zheng
PhD Student in Biological and Agricultural Engineering  
 yyzheng@ucdavis.edu
 

Yingying is a second year PhD student in Biological and Agricultural Engineering working on combined heat and power (CHP) modeling and optimization for biomass applications. Her research goal is to determine the feasibility for integrating CHP systems using biomass or biomass-derived fuels at variable scale including micro-scale/microgrid applications. She holds a MS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from China Agricultural University.

 

   Yingying Zheng  

Ali Adabi
Graduate Student Researcher
aadabi@soe.ucsc.edu

Ali Adabi is a ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering at UCSC. He has previously received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering at UCSC and B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Scheice from UC Berkeley. He is currently working on Smart Energy Analytic Disaggregation Systems, for affordably monitoring energy usage.

   Ali Adabi  

 Andrea Chialastri
Graduate Student Researcher
achials@soe.ucsc.edu 

Andrea Chialastri is a Ph.D. student in the Electrical Engineering Department at UCSC, working with Prof. Michael Isaacson at CENSEP. He received a B.Sc. in Energy Engineering from La Sapienza University of Rome in 2012, and participated in 2013 US-Denmark summer program and NSF STEM internship program at Hartnell College. His research interests include renewable energy systems, thermo-fluid dynamics and heat transfer, photovoltaic and CSP technologies, wind engineering, sustainable buildings and passive heating. He is currently working on passive heating and integrated photovoltaics for buildings, in collaboration with the startup company SolarPath in San Mateo.

 

 

 

   Andrea Chialastri