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Josh Agenbroad

Sr. Associate (Industry and Transportation)


Josh is a Sr. Associate on both RMI’s industry and transportation practices. Building from an engineering background, he is working on the process for finding, as well as the business approach for implementing, resource efficiency in these sectors.

Select RMI Projects

  • Upstream oil & gas industry client work—The project includes the execution of efficiency workshops for the design of three specific large assets, but with the overall output of developing a repeatable process for internal use and implementation across the client’s portfolio.
  • Composite Auto Manufacturing Initiative—The project will examine the current status of composites manufacturing for the U.S. automotive industry, looking for opportunities for collaboration among automakers, and with suppliers, researchers, and policy makers in order to address barriers and accelerate implementation.


Prior to working at RMI, Josh completed his Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University. His concentration was on energy conversion and the related environmental issues, with coursework focusing on thermodynamics, combustion, renewable energy, systems modeling, aerosols, and climatology. Also part of this degree, Josh worked as a graduate research assistant at CSU’s Engines and Energy Conversion Lab on the advanced/clean cookstoves project. The cookstoves team works to design biomass (mainly wood) burning cookstoves with improved efficiency and lowered emissions for use in the developing world. His thesis is concerned with a practical technique for modeling these stoves, for use as a design tool.

Josh received his bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. Also in Albuquerque, he worked for Flintco Inc., a large commercial construction general contractor as a project engineer and also in the estimating department.


  • Master of Science Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, 2010
  • Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, 2008


  • A simplified model for understanding natural convection driven biomass cooking stoves—Part 1: Setup and baseline validation, Energy for Sustainable Development (2011), doi:10.1016/j.esd.2011.04.004
  • A simplified model for understanding natural convection driven biomass cooking stoves—Part 2: With cook piece operation and the dimensionless form, Energy for Sustainable Development (2011), doi:10.1016/j.esd.2011.04.002