Electricity grids are the largest machines in human history, comprised of diverse equipment used to generate and transmit the power that enables our modern lifestyle. Behind the equipment and vast network of connections are the system operators, the people who ensure that our electricity needs are met at every second.
Kaitlyn leads energy modeling and technical analysis to complete integrated resource plans in partnership with Caribbean island utilities and governments, which are a key piece of developing national energy transition strategies. These plans take a whole-systems view of various options for the future of the electricity sector on each island. Kaitlyn also leads modeling efforts related to small island microgrid opportunities.
Kaitlyn joined RMI after completing a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI. Her dissertation research focused on microgrids, and optimizing control strategies for distributed renewable resources. Kaitlyn is a 2010 recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
EDUCATION & AWARDS
Ph.D., M.S., and B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
Award: Society of Women Engineers Region I Distinguished New Engineer, 2017
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING AT RMI?
“I enjoy the balance we’ve struck at RMI between completing rigorous technical and economic analysis, and convening people to facilitate important conversations and understand different perspectives.”