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Karen Crofton

Former Principal


Karen Crofton is a Former Principal with RMI’s industrial practice, where she leads the International Islands Platform, and programs within the Electricity Disruptor sector. Karen focuses on whole systems design, implementation strategies, and execution plans for the transformation of existing energy systems to cleaner, more reliable and more cost effective systems. Karen joined RMI in 2013.


Before joining RMI, Karen spent 15 years with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in a variety of roles where she specialized in turnkey project execution strategies, disruptive technology commercialization, international partnerships, and improvement in industrial efficiency. Most recently, she was the Commercial Lead for the Corporate New Business Development group, focusing on analyzing adjacent business ventures and strategic partnerships via technical roadmaps, financial models, and competitive assessments. Topics included: LED manufacturing, hydrogen fuel cells, helium extraction, carbon fiber manufacturing, phenalkamine synthesis, and alternative fracturing fluids.

Prior to working with the Corporate New Business Development group, Karen spent nine years directing major turnkey projects in the semiconductor and photovoltaic industries. Karen held overall P&L accountability for projects in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. This role also required developing local sourcing strategies and developing international partnerships. Previously, Karen spent three years in mechanical and safety systems design as well as root cause analysis.


  • Rice University, Jones School of Business, Masters of Business Administration
  • Bucknell University, Bachelors of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Qualifications or Professional Affiliations/Recognition

  • Society of Petroleum Engineers

  • Rice University  - Jones Graduate School Alumni Board Member

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