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Student Energy at UC Davis is a graduate student organization founded in September 2019. The mission of Student Energy at UC Davis is to build a community of energy leaders, share cross-disciplinary knowledge about the energy system, and take action to accelerate the transition to a resilient, decarbonized, and equitable energy future.


Student Energy at UC Davis is composed of graduate students studying energy systems, transportation, engineering, law, environmental policy, economics, and other disciplines. We host weekly or bimonthly Zoom webinars to educate ourselves and others about critical topics.

Student Energy at UC Davis is the only active US chapter of Student Energy, a global non-profit with chapters all over the world.

2019 - 2020 Leadership Team


Jean Ji

Executive VP

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Jean is a first-year PhD student in the Energy Graduate Group at UC Davis. Currently, she is researching the economics of electric vehicles as it relates to consumer adoption, transportation finance, and electric vehicle charging. After graduate school, she hopes to become a postdoctoral research fellow in the field of transportation and energy or teach at a public university in the United States or Canada (where she is from). Jean joined Student Energy at UC Davis because she enjoys sharing knowledge about the energy system and is passionate about transitioning the energy system from a carbon-intensive mode to a cleaner one. In her free time, Jean enjoys baking, running, hiking, and going on road trips with her friends.


Anish Sinha


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Anish is a final year Master's student pursuing a dual major in Transportation Technology and Policy and Mechanical Engineering at UC Davis. His research work involves working with batteries and transition analysis for zero emission vehicles. Student Energy is important to Anish because it brings students from diverse academic backgrounds which is what is needed to discuss and move towards a zero carbon economy. After graduation, he plans to work in either a technology company which deals with transportation electrification or a think tank which does policy research for electric vehicles. In his free time, Anish prefers reading books, hiking and sometimes cooking.

Jake Highleyman

Executive VP and Content Editor

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Jake is a graduate student researcher within UC Davis's Energy Graduate Group. He joined Student Energy because he felt that there was a need for a broader network of graduate students interested in accelerating the clean energy transition. Currently, his research at UC Davis focuses on better understanding the local grid impacts of electric vehicle infrastructure in California. Before coming to Davis, Jake earned his B.A. in Physics from Carleton College in 2016. Long term, he is interested in influencing state-level policy to decarbonize transportation systems. Normally, Jake pursues a love of sports and outdoor recreation. However, he is currently adapting his hobbies to be socially distant and spends most of his free time baking sub-par sourdough, playing Dominion with his housemates, and scrolling through Twitter.com.

Sylwia Dakowicz

VP of Policy and Regulatory Affairs

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Sylwia is a 3L law student at UC Davis, School of Law. She has interned at the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Independent Systems Operator. In addition, she was a Summer Associate, and will work post-law school, at a boutique energy law firm. When she is not preoccupied with energy law, policy and markets, she enjoys long hikes, camping, and coffee. (Pictured emerging from a two week trek to Everest Base Camp).

The Global Student Energy Community

Student Energy is a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating the next generation of leaders who will transition the world to a sustainable energy future. Student Energy engages the youths through establishing chapters at universities campuses across the world.


Currently, there are 40 chapters across all continents. Students would engage with the energy system through learning about the energy industry, discussing global energy issues, and applying their knowledge to solve energy and climate problems in their communities. Through the Student Energy community, students would develop their voice in shaping the future of our global energy system.