Organizing Faculty

Michael R. Davidson

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and School of Global Policy and Strategy

Michael studies the engineering implications and institutional conflicts inherent in deploying low-carbon energy at scale, with a particular focus on China, India, and the U.S. He holds a PhD in engineering systems from MIT and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Visit the Davidson Lab for more info.

Patricia Hidalgo-Gonzalez

Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Center for Energy Research

Professor Hidalgo-Gonzalez’s work focuses on high penetration of renewable energy using optimization, control theory and machine learning. For more details on her work and laboratory visit the REAM Lab website. She holds a Ph.D. and two M.Sc. from the UC Berkeley in Energy and Resources and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.

Yuanyuan Shi

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Yuanyuan's research interests are in the area of energy systems and cyber-physical systems, spanning from machine learning, optimization to control. She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and two M.Sc. in Statistics and Electrical Engineering from University of Washington and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Caltech. Visit the Shi Lab for more details on her work and group. 

Jan Kleissl

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Director, Center for Energy Research

Professor Kleissl researches the interaction of weather with engineering systems, in particular buildings and their energy use, solar power systems, and irrigated lands. Kleissl is also an expert on solar resource assessment and forecasting and is co-director of the California Solar Energy Collaborative and Vice-Chair of the American Solar Energy Society resource applications division. 

Carlos Coimbra 

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Center for Energy Research

Professor Coimbra explores the intersection between experimental, theoretical and fieldwork methods to analyze and develop new technologies for the mitigation of Abrupt Climate Change (ACC). This technologies revolve around renewable energy resourcing, forecasting and integration, which build on a number of diverse fields of study such as heat and mass transfer, meteorology, stochastic modeling, atmospheric radiation, remote sensing, image analysis and machine learning.

David Victor

Professor of Innovation and Public Policy; Co-director, Deep Decarbonization Initiative

David Victor is a professor of innovation and public policy at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. Victor is the co-director of the campus-wide Deep Decarbonization Initiative, which focuses on real world strategies for bringing the world to nearly zero emissions of warming gases. He is also an adjunct professor in Climate, Atmospheric Science & Physical Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Prior to joining the faculty at UC San Diego, he was a professor at Stanford Law School where he taught energy and environmental law.

Sonia Martínez

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 

Dr. Sonia Martínez is a Full Professor at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, San Diego and a Jacobs Faculty Scholar. Prof. Martínez received her Ph.D. degree in Engineering Mathematics from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, in May 2002.

Dr. Martínez' research interests include networked control systems, multi-agent systems, and nonlinear control theory with applications to robotics, cyber-physical systems, and natural/social networks.

Jorge Cortés 

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Cortés received the Licenciatura degree in mathematics from the Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain, in 1997, and the Ph.D. degree in engineering mathematics from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, in 2001. He held postdoctoral positions at the University of Twente and at the Coordinated Science Laboratory of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz from 2004 to 2007.

Professor Cortés' research interests are on distributed coordination algorithms, autonomous robotic networks, adversarial networked systems, mathematical control theory, geometric mechanics and geometric integration.

Raymond de Callafon

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Raymond de Callafon received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands in October 1998. After one year as a research assistant at UCSD in 1997, he joined the MAE faculty in the Dynamic Systems and Control Program in 1998.

 Prof. Raymond de Callafon directs the Synchrophasor Grid Monitoring and Automation (SyGMA) laboratory. He also directs the System Identification and Control Laboratory at the Dept. of MAE and the Sychrophasor Grid Monitoring and Automation Laboratory at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC). He is also an affiliated faculty to the Center for Magnetic Recording Research (CMRR) and the Cymer Center for Control Systems and Dynamics (CCSD).

George Tynan

Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

George R. Tynan received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. He then spent several years studying the effect of sheared flows on plasma turbulence on experiments located in the Federal Republic of Germany and at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He then worked in industry developing plasma sources for use in investigating the creation of nano-meter scale semiconductor circuits, and joined the UCSD faculty in 1999.

Professor Tynan's current research is focused on the plasma physics of controlled nuclear fusion as an energy source. He is also interested in the larger issue of transitioning to a sustainable energy economy based upon a mixture of efficient end use technologies, large scale deployment of renewable energy sources, and incorporation of a new generation of nuclear technologies such as advanced fission and fusion reactor systems.