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Kim Trenbath

Researcher III-Decision Support Analysis | 303-275-3710


Kim Trenbath is an industrial engineer in the Buildings and Thermal Sciences Center at NREL. She is acting lead for Department of Energy's Better Buildings Alliance (BBA) plug and process loads (PPL) technical team. Her current research includes building fault detection and diagnostics. Her work contributes to DOE's Zero Energy Schools Accelerator project.  Dr. Trenbath is also an adjunct professor at the Colorado School of Mines.

Dr. Trenbath was project and program manager for the Commercial Buildings Research Group for four years. In this role, she managed the group's finances and led business development efforts. Prior to NREL, she worked as an Analyst in global power strategic sourcing, risk management, and wind energy business development. Her prior research involves in-cabin air quality, science understanding, and break-in training.


Ph.D. Atmospheric Science, University of Colorado

M.S. Industrial Engineering, West Virginia University

B.E. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University

Featured Publications

Evaluation of retrofit crankcase ventilation controls and diesel oxidation catalysts for reducing air pollution in school buses, Atmospheric Environment (2018)

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