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Professor Michael Siminovitch has been appointed the first Arthur H. Rosenfeld Chair in Energy Efficiency at the University of California, Davis. Siminovitch was selected for his innovative work in energy-efficient lighting.
“The chair honors not only the very distinguished recipient but the amazing Art Rosenfeld, who is widely recognized as the father of energy efficiency,” said UC Davis professor Nicole Woolsey Biggart, director of the university’s Energy Efficiency Center and a lead member of the selection committee.
Rosenfeld was a graduate school advisor to Siminovitch, Siminovitch said.
“His ideas on energy efficiency influenced and guided my studies and, ultimately, my career,” Siminovitch said. “I am really honored to receive this chair, particularly because it bears his name.”
The Rosenfeld chair recognizes Siminovitch’s contributions as a teacher and a mentor at UC Davis and as director of the university’s California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC). A nonprofit, CLTC develops energy-efficient lighting technologies and works to get them into widespread use. From solid-state lighting (SSL) solutions and smart controls to the CALCTP green jobs training program and case study demonstrations, the center works with a broad range of organizations including lighting manufacturers, utilities, energy regulators and other university research labs on various projects.
CLTC’s work with California’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program alone saves 167 million kilowatt-hours each year–enough to offset the carbon dioxide emissions from annual electricity use for 5,760 homes. The Rosenfeld chair will support Siminovitch’s continued efforts to advance energy efficiency through research, education and professional collaborations in the lighting industry.

“This is a wonderful gift from a broad community of people who understand that saving energy has financial and environmental impacts that benefit our whole society,” Biggart said. 

Donors supporting the Rosenfeld chair in energy efficiency include: PG&E, Sempra Energy, Southern California Edison, the California Clean Energy Fund, Chevron, the Climate Works Foundation, Exelon Corp., Goldman Sachs, Power Integrations Inc., and Wendy and Eric Schmidt.

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