Fuel Your Interest in Energy
The Bay Area and Berkeley Haas are valued resources for energy-related research and innovation. Students interested in an MBA for energy, cleantech, and renewables find curricular opportunities such as the hands-on MBA Cleantech to Market course, which crosses disciplinary boundaries, putting together students from business, engineering, biosciences, law, and public policy to tackle large challenges.
Below are some of the resources supporting Berkeley MBA students interested in energy and cleantech.
Sample Coursework for a Career in Energy
Energy and Environmental Markets
Examine the economic determinants of industry structure and evolution of competition; investigate strategies for entering new markets and competing in existing markets; and analyze the rationale for and effects of public policies in energy markets.
Energy and Infrastructure Project Finance
An in-depth look at the financial, legal, and regulatory issues associated with the development and financing of energy projects, with a particular focus on alternative energy projects.
Renewable Energy Speaker Series
Entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and technical experts discuss a variety of alternative energy sectors. Topics include photovoltaics, biofuels, wind energy, batteries, and energy efficiency.
Experiential Learning in Energy
Cleantech to Market
In Cleantech to Market (C2M), interdisciplinary teams of graduate students from across UC Berkeley work with scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to complete projects that will help accelerate the commercialization of new solar, biofuel, battery, and smart grid/energy management technologies.
See the full list of Berkeley MBA experiential learning opportunities.
Energy Faculty Spotlight
Professor Severin Borenstein serves as chair of the Petroleum Market Advisory Committee for the California Energy Commission and is the E.T. Grether Chair in Business Administration and Public Policy at Berkeley Haas. His research includes energy policy and climate change, airline competition, and oil and gasoline market pricing and competition.
Catherine Wolfram is a professor and former faculty director of the Energy Institute at Haas. She has published extensively on the economics of energy markets and studied the electricity industry around the world, analyzing the effects of environmental regulation, including climate change mitigation policies, on the energy sector. She teaches Design and Evaluation of Development Technology.
Lucas Davis is an associate professor and faculty director of the Energy Institute at Haas. His research focuses primarily on energy and environmental markets, and in particular, on electricity and natural gas regulation, pricing in competitive and non-competitive markets, and the economic and business impacts of environmental policy. He teaches Data & Decisions.
Beverly Alexander is the founding director of the Cleantech to Market program and a former senior VP at Pacific Gas & Electric Company, in charge of the largest energy efficiency, solar, and demand response programs in the U.S. She has also worked as a consultant on clean energy solutions. She serves as an advisor to the Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative.
Energy Institute at Haas
The Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) is a multidisciplinary network that connects students from multiple schools, programs, and labs at UC Berkeley. In addition to holding workshops on such topics as the future of transportation and designing for sustainability, and women in green industries, club offerings include an annual Energy Summit, Resources Roundtable, Cleanweb Hackathon, and Innovation Expo.
BERC also offers BERC Innovative Solutions (BIS)—a consulting program led by students from across UC Berkeley’s top graduate departments, providing experiential learning in addressing strategic energy and resource opportunities and challenges, including sustainable investing. Clients have included Siemens, Calpine, and Bloom Energy.
The U.S. DOE Cleantech University Prize (CUP), awards competitive funding for business development, commercialization training, and other educational opportunities.
Support for a Career in Energy
Students leverage the BERC experience and network, the Berkeley Haas Alumni Network, and the Career Management Group’s relationship manager and industry specialist for energy to pursue careers, with hirers including Tesla and PG&E.