Faculty & Staff

Frank Loge, Ph.D., P.E.

Frank is director of CWEE and a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He began his career studying water and wastewater treatment, and has developed a strong interest in the relationship between energy, water, and health. Frank advocates performing fundamental research to advance knowledge and developing and deploying technologies and policies that improve environmental quality and human life. His research efforts focus on the energy and health implications of engineered and natural systems, designing sustainable systems and technologies, and entrepreneurship and finance.

Edward Spang, Ph.D.

Ned is associate director for CWEE. His doctoral research focused on the link between water and energy at the global level, including the critical importance of improving efficiency in both sectors. Previous research included analyzing regional case studies related to improved water resource management in Central and South America. Parallel to his research on water, Ned developed expertise on energy systems as a coordinator of the MIT-Portugal Green Islands Project, where he worked closely with multiple universities, government agencies, NGOs, local communities and corporate partners to design an integrated, clean energy future for the Azores archipelago. Ned holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Donald Thompson

Donald has over 18 years experience working on and managing research projects for UC Davis. His areas of expertise include molecular detection of pathogens in recreational water and associated health risks; assessment of environmental, chemical, and physical stressors on the health and survivability of outmigrating Chinook salmon in the Columbia River and Estuary; use of non-invasive techniques to assess fish passage structures in hydropower projects on the Columbia and Snake Rivers; and development of a computerized, automated, software system to process large amounts of video data and classify fish species.

Reed Thayer

Reed is a graduate student in Civil and Environmental Engineering, specializing in Water Resources. He is interested in optimizing regional water systems to better serve both people and the environment. Reed was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula and earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Stanford University.

Andrew Holguin

Andrew is a staff programmer for CWEE. He has worked in several research centers (ICE, ULTRANS, JMIE) at UC Davis specializing in database development, geospatial data, and statistical modeling. Previous projects have included an assessment of biodiversity in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, modeling of vegetation exposure to climate change across the Southwest, and a study of factors driving building energy use in LA County.

Juliana Walton

Juliana is a data analyst for CWEE. She recently graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, focusing most coursework on sustainable engineering and water sanitation. In the future, she hopes to develop water sanitation methods or mechanisms in developing countries.

Sara Miller

Sara Miller is a graduate student researcher at CWEE. Her work currently focuses on the effect different water rate structures have on utility finances and customer affordability and consumption. Sara is working toward her Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering and expects to finish her thesis in December 2014. She completed her undergraduate engineering education at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Katrina Jessoe, PhD.

Katrina is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics where she specializes in environmental and energy economics. Much of her recent research focuses on consumer and firm behavior in the energy and water sectors. Some ongoing and recent research projects include the analysis of time-variant pricing programs for residential and commercial electricity consumers and the interaction between energy and water conservation programs. These projects often involve collaborations with water and electric utilities, and state agencies. She received a BA from Princeton University in 2002 and a PhD in Environmental and Resource Economics from Yale University in 2009.

Gabriel Lade, M.A.

Gabe is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and works with CWEE studying options to reduce consumer water and energy use. He specializes in energy and environmental economics, studying the effects and effectiveness of environmental policies. Outside of his work for CWEE, he studies various aspects of policies aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the fuel sector such as the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. Gabe holds a BA from The George Washington University and a MA in economics from Rutgers University.

Florin Cristian Negrea

Cristi has a background in Computer Science and Industrial Automation. He works with external partners like Osisoft, Microsoft and IBM to install, maintain and use specialized software suites for water and energy data analysis while also handling computer and data security for the center. He is the developer behind CBVision, a distributed processing tool used on 30.000+ hours of underwater video yearly, removing empty frames and trying to automate lamprey counting for US Army Corps of Engineers.

Halona Leung

Halona is the associate program manager for CWEE and a financial analyst for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She acts as the primary administrative contact and oversees the daily operations for CWEE. She specializes in contract and grant management, event coordination, and outreach.

Kendra Olmos, M.S.

Kendra has a background in Civil and water/wastewater engineering consulting, onsite wastewater system design, and alternative water reuse systems including wastewater, graywater, and rainwater reuse. Her interests include water efficiency, water reuse, and integrated water management. As a graduate student, she worked with CWEE to investigate the zero-net water potential for a proposed residential development and the resulting reductions in energy use. Kendra received her BS in Environmental Resources Engineering at Humboldt State University, and an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Davis.

Sumiko Hong

Sumiko is the Energy Efficiency Center’s Director of Development and External Relations and is responsible for building strategic relationships with individuals, foundations and corporate entities to increase visibility, awareness of and financial support for Energy Efficiency related activities and initiatives underway at UC Davis. Ms. Hong has worked in external relations and development at UC Davis for eight years in the Office of Government and Community Relations and at the Graduate School of Management. Ms. Hong holds a B.A. from UC Davis in International Relations.

Soraya Manzor

Soraya Manzor is a graduate student researcher at CWEE. Her work currently focuses on water and waste water treatment design​. Her career interests include developing and improving water treatment processes that respond to current global necessities such as environmental care awareness and developing communities in need of water. She earned her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Bioprocessing Engineering from the Catholic University of Chile.