The University of California, Davis 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.
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.
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.
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.
Established in 2006, the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center is the 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.