On April 9th, the La Soufrière volcano erupted in St Vincent and the Grenadines and has continued to spew harmful ash and gas across the nation and to neighboring countries. An estimated 25,000 citizens have been displaced, the entire agricultural sector destroyed, several villages deeply impacted, and electricity…
Kaitlyn Bunker, Ph.D., P.E. is a Principal with RMI’s Africa, Islands, and Southeast Asia Program, where she leads a diverse team that partners with islands in the Caribbean to support and accelerate their clean energy transitions. The team completes energy modeling and technical analysis to develop integrated resource plans, prepares and de-risks resilient clean energy projects, and connects energy professionals in regional communities of practice. She has worked closely with stakeholders in Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Bermuda. 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 past recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Education and Awards
Ph.D., M.S., and B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
Society of Women Engineers Distinguished New Engineer, 2018