Katherine McKenzie (Bachelor’s and Master’s in Metallurgical engineering), has more than 25 years of experience focused on developing and implementing evolving technology, energy and economic development solutions. As one of HNEI’s faculty, Kathy works together with an extensive array of stakeholders to perform research, conduct testing and evaluation, and manage public-private partnerships across a broad range of renewable and enabling technologies. Working closely with HNEI’s director, Kathy has coordinated, assisted in, and led extramural proposals resulting in $47 million in federal funding for sustainable energy systems development. Kathy serves as Project Manager for HNEI’s Electric Vehicle Transportation Center, a $2 million applied research initiative in collaboration with the Florida Solar Energy Center, University of Hawaii’s College of Engineering and Department of Urban & Regional Planning. She also supports HNEI’s research efforts for the Hawaii Wave Energy Test Site (WETS), a cooperative effort between the Navy and the US Department of Energy, along with a range of other projects.