Daniel Soto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning at Sonoma State University where he leads the Energy Management and Design Program. Prior to his hire at Sonoma State University, Daniel conducted postdoctoral research at The Earth Institute at Columbia University on solar micro-grids in Mali and Uganda.

Daniel's teaching interests are in energy efficiency and energy generation. He enjoys teaching both large-scale issues involving energy and analysis of small-scale energy systems. The potential for energy efficient technologies and approaches to improve human wellbeing motivates his research. In the developing world, he investigates new approaches to lower economic barriers to energy access and how energy efficient appliances can lower the cost of energy access. Daniel is also interested in the use of computation and communication technologies to impact energy problems and disseminate information.

Daniel earned his Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Stanford University. He also has an M.S. in Physics from San Francisco State University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Prior to his return to academia, Daniel worked as an engineer at two startup companies creating optical micro-mechanical devices for laser displays and optical communications.


Daniel can be reached at sotod at sonoma dot edu.

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