Project Support Specialist
Katherine McKenzie (M.Sc. Metallurgical Engineering) joined HNEI in 2012 to support the Director and work with senior faculty on projects, proposals, and outreach across the range of HNEI’s technical areas of focus: alternative fuels, renewable power generation, electrical grid integration, energy efficiency, and battery and fuel cell systems. Working closely with HNEI’s director and faculty, she has coordinated and assisted in extramural proposals resulting in $99 million in federal funding to date. Ms. McKenzie also coordinates and edits HNEI’s major technical, progress and final reports. Ms. McKenzie serves as project lead for HNEI’s Electrification of Transportation, to assess the impact on fossil fuel use and emissions. Previously she managed the Electric Vehicle Transportation Center, an applied research initiative in collaboration with the Florida Solar Energy Center, University of Hawaii’s College of Engineering and Department of Urban & Regional Planning. Prior to joining HNEI, Ms. McKenzie led development and administered the electric vehicle “EV Ready” Grant and Rebate Programs with the State Energy Office, developed and coordinated the renewable energy track as Co-Chair of the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo, and provided research and analysis on a range of renewable energy options. As a professional engineer, she has more than 15 years of international experience in project management, engineering, manufacturing, R&D, along with business and economic development.