Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson, MBA has 30 years of experience in energy research and business strategy and decision-making. He is a Senior Fellow at Rocky Mountain Institute, working across all energy use sectors to support specific RMI priorities and to work on projects expanding the footprint and impact of RMI beyond sectors where its programs focus. He has a particular interest in a) impact-focused entrepreneurship and b) Design and Decision-making processes (ie “decision architecture”) including new Financing models. He was previously Managing Director for all of RMI’s programmatic activities, shaping teams and priorities and ensuring funding for its programs. He was directly responsible for three of RMI’s practices, those focusing primarily on Efficiency and Design as change drivers.
Hutch was previously a Partner and Director with the Boston Consulting Group for almost 20 years (1988- 2008), where he focused on global businesses, infrastructure industries (energy, telecoms, and resources), high technology including biotech and agritech, and corporate finance. He was involved in starting two of BCG’s global practices (Energy and IT) and three offices (Mexico, Washington DC and Brazil) during his tenure, and worked on five continents.
Prior to BCG, Hutch was a Program Manager in Energy Conversion at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory, including working for several years in Washington providing direct support and program evaluation to the Department of Energy on conservation and renewables programs. Half of his work centered on the automotive industry and its adoption of new manufacturing and engine technologies, particularly in the area of combustion diagnostics and control. The other half centered on new or improved technologies for heating and cooling buildings.
- Masters of Business Administration, Stanford University, Arjay Miller Scholar
- Masters in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
- Certificate of Post Graduate Study, Cambridge University, Churchill Scholar
- Bachelors of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics (Hons), Vanderbilt University (summa cum laude)