Faculty Profile

Michael Siminovitch
Professor of Design
Rosenfeld Chair in Energy Efficiency and Director of CLTC


Professor Michael Siminovitch is the director of the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) and associate director of the Energy Efficiency Center at UC Davis. He established CLTC to support collaborative efforts among representatives from private industry, public agencies and utilities. CLTC projects accelerate the development and commercialization of energy-efficient lighting technologies for both residential and commercial applications.

Publications and Work

He was a co-author of the original California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP) and now serves on its board of directors.

In 2010, Professor Siminovitch established the UC Davis Smart Lighting Initiative, a campus-wide effort to reduce lighting energy use 60% below 2007 levels. The initiative is one of the largest lighting retrofit projects in California and serves as a model for the UC and CSU systems. In 2014, Siminovitch was selected by UC President Janet Napolitano to serve as an inaugural member of the University of California Global Climate Leadership Council.

Professor Siminovitch participated on the leadership team for California’s Strategic Lighting Plan and helped lead efforts to improve the 2013 Title 24, Part 6 standards for exterior lighting.


  • Appointed to UCOP Carbon Neutrality Council
  • Taylor Technical Talent award for Research, Illuminating Engineering Society
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, KMUTT School of Architecture Thailand
  • Energy 100 Award, US Department of Energy
  • Grand Prize, Best of What’s New Award – Home Technologies Popular Science
  • Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer
  • Outstanding Performance Award- Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory
  • Committee First Prize Paper Award IEEE
  • Society Prize Paper Award IEEE
  • Engineer of the Year Award Association of Energy Engineers
  • Outstanding Mentor Award DOE Office of Science Undergraduate Student Program


Professor Siminovitch teaches undergraduate classes in lighting technology and design at UC Davis. His Designing with Light course culminates in an industry-sponsored LED luminaire design competition.

633 Pena Drive, Davis, CA 95618
(530) 747-3835

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