Bettina Arkhurst

Bettina Arkhurst

Graduate III-Economics


Bettina Arkhurst is an energy equity intern in the Accelerated Deployment and Decision Support Center at NREL. Bettina strives to create tools and frameworks for researchers and engineers in the energy sector to use as they design energy technologies for all communities. Additionally, Bettina is passionate about education, accessibility, and inclusion, and has collaborated with colleagues on NREL’s University Partnerships team to create the NREL Student Training in Applied Research (STAR) internship program.

Research Interests

Energy justice and equity in technology development

Engineering design theory and methodology

Thermodynamics and thermal metrology

Mixed methods assessments and evaluation


M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professional Experience

 Intern, NREL (2021—present)

Graduate Research Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology (2018–present)

Project Management Intern, International Business Machines (2017)

Featured Work

JUST-R Metrics for Considering Energy Justice in Early-Stage Energy Research, Joule (2023)