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Katherine Young, P.E.

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Katherine Young is a member of the Technology Systems and Sustainability Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center.

Geothermal Energy Engineer
On staff since June 2008
Phone number: 303-384-7402
E-mail: katherine.young@nrel.gov

Areas of expertise

  • Geothermal exploration analysis
  • Regulatory and permitting
  • Resource reporting
  • Geothermal direct use (thermal applications)
  • Water rights and resources engineering
  • Database planning and development

Primary research interests

  • Collection of data and use of conceptual models to further understanding of exploration best practices
  • Use of lean principles to streamline exploration and drilling and reduce error/risk.
  • Research, development and use of standard reporting metrics
  • Resource potential and technical assistance for distributed geothermal applications

Education and background training

  • Continuing Education at University of Colorado in Boulder and Denver
    • Groundwater modeling
    • Quantitative methods in water resource engineering
    • Water resource engineering and management
    • Independent study in groundwater hydrology
  • M.S. in geochemistry and isotope geology, 2002, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • B.S. in geology/geological engineering, 1998, University of Wisconsin - Madison (Certificate in technical communications)

Prior work experience

  • Project Manager, Martin and Wood Water Consultants, Inc. (2003-2008)
  • Database Developer, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver, CO (2003)
  • Geology Teacher, Swiss Semester, Zermatt, Switzerland (2002)
  • Teacher, CU Science Discovery, Boulder, CO (2002)
  • Research Assistant, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor (2000-2002)
  • Computer Analyst, Andersen Consulting (Accenture), Seattle, WA, Paris, France (1999-2000)
  • Technical Writer, Rock Fracture Group, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (1998)
  • Research Assistant, Stormwater Management Group, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (1997-1998)
  • Field Engineer, Schlumberger Dowell, Fort Smith, AK (1997)
  • CAD/CAM Intern, Mercury Marine, Fond du Lac, WI (1995-1997)

Other affiliations

  • Member of Geothermal Resources Council – Board Member

Selected publications

Akar, S.; Young, K. R. (2015). Assessment of New Approaches in Geothermal Exploration Decision Making (Poster). NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory). 1 pg.; NREL Report No. PO-6A20-63988.

Akar, S.; Young, K. (2015). Reducing Subjectivity in Geothermal Exploration Decision Making (Presentation). NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory). 36 pp.; NREL Report No. PR-6A20-63762.

Akar, S.; Young, K. R. (2015). Assessment of New Approaches in Geothermal Exploration Decision Making: Preprint. 12 pp.; NREL Report No. CP-6A20-63546.

Augustine, C.; Young, K. R.; Anderson, A. (2010). DOE Updated U.S. Geothermal: Supply Curve (Presentation). 21 pp.; NREL Report No. PR-6A2-47527.

Augustine, C.; Young, K. R.; Anderson, A. (2010). Updated U.S. Geothermal Supply Curve. 19 pp.; NREL Report No. CP-6A2-47458.

Young, K. R.; Augustine, C.; Anderson, A. (2010). DOE 2009 Geothermal Risk Analysis: Methodology and Results (Presentation). 19 pp.; NREL Report No. PR-6A2-47526.

Young, K. R.; Augustine, C.; Anderson, A. (2010). Report on the U.S. DOE Geothermal Technologies Program's 2009 Risk Analysis. 12 pp.; NREL Report No. CP-6A2-47388.

Doris, E.; Kreycik, C.; Young, K. (2009). Policy Overview and Options for Maximizing the Role of Policy in Geothermal Electricity Development. 42 pp.; NREL Report No. TP-6A2-46653.

Full list of Katherine Young publications (NREL)

Personal interests/hobbies

Hiking, biking, running, camping, skiing, music, traveling, home improvement