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Yi Ke, Ph.D.

Sr. Associate


Yi Ke is a senior associate at Rocky Mountain Institute. Her work is primarily focusing on renewable energy integration, power sector reform, and integrated grid.  She is passionate about leveraging technical, business and regulatory innovations to transform the electricity system.  She co-led the electricity sector work of Reinventing Fire China project, to develop a pragmatic pathway for Chinese power system to reach achieve high renewable penetration at a lower cost.  


Yi brought to RMI five year R&D experience in developing novel and low-cost materials for solar cells in National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  While in NREL, she realized a transformation at system level is needed for a better and more sustainable energy future. However, there was much less attention on putting puzzles together compared to attention given to individual technologies.  In search for best minds working in this field, Yi found RMI and became part of it.  


  • PhD in Materials Science, Colorado School of Mines  
  • MS in Material Engineering and Science, Colorado School of Mines  
  • BS in Electronic Engineering, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, summa cum laude    


  • Material Research Society Graduate Student Silver Medal
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