Kevin on Mount Katahdin.


I'm a mechanical engineering PhD student at Cornell. I work with Max Zhang in the Energy and Environment Research Lab. I'm also in the Engineering and Economics of Electricity Research Group.

My research aims to reduce carbon emissions by improving how we heat and cool space, water and food. In the U.S., these activities cause 27% of carbon emissions and use 35% of electricity. Due to their thermal inertia, most heating and cooling loads have some flexibility in the timing of their electricity use. I work on control systems that

  1. heat and cool more efficiently, and

  2. use thermal flexibility to help balance the grid, enabling integration of more wind and solar power.

My methods include thermal and economic modeling, estimation, optimization and stochastic control.