UC Davis Names Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency

Former Dean of UC Davis Management School, Professor Nicole Woolsey Biggart, to Lead Pioneering Energy Efficiency Center

DAVIS, Calif.--()--The University of California, Davis today announced the appointment of Professor Nicole Woolsey Biggart of the university’s Graduate School of Management to the Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency. The Chevron Chair directs the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center in its mission to accelerate the commercialization of energy-efficiency technologies, teach future leaders in energy efficiency and conduct critical policy-supporting research.

“California is a world leader both in entrepreneurism and energy efficiency and the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center is at the vanguard. With her extensive academic and administrative leadership experience, Professor Nicole Woolsey Biggart is perfect for this key leadership role,” said Steven C. Currall, dean of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

Professor Biggart joined the UC Davis Graduate School of Management in 1981, and she was awarded the Jerome J. and Elsie Suran Chair in Technology Management in 2002. She served as dean of the management school from July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2009. As an internationally recognized expert in organizational theory and management of innovation, her research covers economic and organizational sociology, firm networks, industrial change and social bases of technology adoption. She has studied and published on the barriers to implementation of energy efficient technologies in the commercial building industry.

“Energy is the life source for our economy and diverse sources of it are critical to our future,” Biggart said. “Reliance on cheap energy is no longer possible; we need to use our ingenuity and thoughtful use of energy resources. Energy efficiency is by far the most effective and least expensive ‘new fuel.’ The UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center is playing a lead role in its advancement on a global scale.”

Chevron Corp. last year gave UC Davis $2 million to create the endowed chair along with an additional $500,000 in funding to be used at the director's discretion for the Energy Efficiency Center. That endowment complements Chevron's ongoing support for UC Davis, which includes a $500,000 gift in 2008 to be a lead sponsor of the Energy Efficiency Center and a $25 million biofuels research collaboration begun in 2006 to develop technology to convert nonfood agricultural waste into next-generation transportation fuels.

“Advancing energy efficiency, which is the cleanest and cheapest form of alternative energy, is a commitment that both Chevron and UC Davis share,” said Jim Davis, president, Chevron Energy Solutions. “Nicole has a deep understanding of technology adoption, and her proven ability to develop innovative business clusters will play a critical role in the success of the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center.”

As the Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency, Biggart will work to expand the impact of the center’s research programs through interdisciplinary collaboration, education, outreach and commercialization of technologies. She will continue developing UC Davis’ strong links to utility, regulatory, policy and commercial interests, working together to improve energy efficiency at the state, national and international levels.

“The UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center is uniquely positioned, having developed deep connections both with researchers worldwide and entrepreneurial hubs like Silicon Valley and emerging clean-tech centers like Sacramento,” Biggart said.

In its first four years, the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center has achieved several milestones and major accomplishments, including:

  • Pioneering a focus on collaboration with the private and public sectors in the development of promising energy efficiency technologies.
  • Launching the Western Cooling Efficiency Center that joins the existing UC Davis California Lighting Technology Center.
  • Developing an energy efficiency curriculum tailored to teach future thought leaders and managers.
  • Designing the efficiency components for California's first net zero energy community — UC Davis West Village, a dynamic, 220-acre mixed-use community scheduled to open next year.

About the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center

Established in 2006, the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center is the world's first university center of excellence in energy efficiency. Its mission is to speed the transfer of energy-saving products and services into the homes, businesses and lives of Californians.
http://eec.ucdavis.edu

About UC Davis

For more than 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matters to California, and transforms the world. Located close to the state capital, UC Davis has 32,000 students, an annual research budget that exceeds $600 million, a comprehensive health system and 13 specialized research centers. The university offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges — Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools — Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

About Chevron Energy Solutions

Chevron Energy Solutions is one of the largest energy service companies in the United States and develops energy efficiency and renewable power projects for public institutions and businesses.

About Chevron

Chevron is one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company's success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of its employees and their application of the most innovative technologies in the world. Chevron is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. The company explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.

Contacts

UC Davis Graduate School of Management
Nicole Woolsey Biggart, 530-752-7378 (Media)
nwbiggart@ucdavis.edu
www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/biggart
or
UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center
Ben Finkelor, 530-848-9493 (Media)
bmfinkelor@ucdavis.edu
or
UC Davis News Service
Sylvia Wright, 530-752-7704 (Media)
swright@ucdavis.edu
or
UC Davis Graduate School of Management,
Tim Akin, 916-402-9270 (Media)
tmakin@ucdavis.edu

Release Summary

Prof. Nicole Woolsey Biggart of UC Davis Graduate School of Management named Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency. Directs UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, world's first university center of its kind.

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Contacts

UC Davis Graduate School of Management
Nicole Woolsey Biggart, 530-752-7378 (Media)
nwbiggart@ucdavis.edu
www.gsm.ucdavis.edu/biggart
or
UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center
Ben Finkelor, 530-848-9493 (Media)
bmfinkelor@ucdavis.edu
or
UC Davis News Service
Sylvia Wright, 530-752-7704 (Media)
swright@ucdavis.edu
or
UC Davis Graduate School of Management,
Tim Akin, 916-402-9270 (Media)
tmakin@ucdavis.edu