Xi joined the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI), School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, in 2014 as a research assistant with HNEI research team focused on the integration and analysis of energy technologies and power systems, including smart grid and micro grid applications.
Xi is originally from China, and she first came here for graduate school in 2007. After the graduation, Xi found a job as commercial PV system designer at one of the largest local solar company. She design work included rooftop mount PV system, PV parking canopy and ballasted PV system. She took charge of writing and analyzing the solar production estimate report and energy efficiency calculation. She was also the lead engineer in the sale team for technical support and advice. After one year and half serving in the solar company, Xi decided to go back to school as a full time student to pursue another graduate degree.
Xi holds a B.S. in Electrical Power Engineering from Northeast Dianli University in China and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaii. Currently, she is working on her second master’s degree in Structural Engineering from University of Hawaii.