Kim Trenbath

Innovation Lead, Systems Technology Research and Development | NREL

Dr. Kim Trenbath is the innovation lead for systems technology research and development in the Buildings and Thermal Sciences Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). She directs a portfolio of projects on technology research, market transformation, field validation, and workforce development. She works on plug and process load efficiency, commercial building heating, ventilating, and air conditioning, automated fault detection and diagnostics, commercial building sensors and controls, and advanced technologies that will make buildings grid interactive. She leads the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance Plug and Process Loads Technical Team. She also serves as the NREL lead for the DOE-funded JUMP into STEM building science competition for university students. She was the lead project manager for other NREL projects including the DOE-funded End Use Load Profiles project. In addition to her work at NREL, Dr. Trenbath is an adjunct professor at the Colorado School of Mines. Dr. Trenbath previously served as business manager for NREL’s Commercial Buildings Research Group for four years. Before joining NREL, she worked as an analyst in global power strategic sourcing, risk management, and wind energy business development. Her prior research involved in-cabin air quality, undergraduate students’ understanding of scientific concepts, and break-in training. Dr. Trenbath earned a Ph.D. and M.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She earned a M.S. in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from West Virginia University. She has her B.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Vanderbilt University.