Last month, the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) Islands Energy Program received the Global Team Leadership Award from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). This honor is awarded to a geographically diverse team recognized for making outstanding technical contributions and demonstrating innovative thinking to overcome global…
Kaitlyn Bunker, Ph.D., P.E. leads energy modeling and technical analysis to complete integrated resource plans in partnership with Caribbean island utilities, governments, and regulators. These plans take a whole-systems view of various options for the future of the electricity sector on each island, and lead to specific investment plans for clean energy solutions. 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 & AWARDS
Ph.D., M.S., and B.Sc., Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University
Society of Women Engineers Distinguished New Engineer, 2018
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