Kevin on Mount Katahdin.


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

My research aims to reduce carbon emissions by

  1. improving the energy efficiency of buildings, and

  2. using energy storage and flexible electric loads to integrate random renewable generation into power systems.

To achieve these goals, I work on control algorithms for thermal systems in residential and commercial buildings. In the U.S., these systems consume 27% of primary energy and 35% of electricity. Improved controls could both make thermal systems more efficient, and convert their inherent flexibility into a valuable grid-balancing resource. My methods include system identification, nonlinear filtering, convex optimization, and model predictive control.