Historically, Caribbean electricity systems have heavily relied on imported, dirty fossil fuels burned at a central plant. In recent years, Caribbean leaders have spearheaded a transition to distributed local resources that are connected to the electricity grid at various locations. In the process, Caribbean islands are leaders in the global…
Kaitlyn Bunker, Ph.D., P.E. is a Principal with RMI’s Islands Energy 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