Karl Heine is a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines and a PhD Student Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Lab. Karl’s research focus is on the modeling and optimization of cool thermal storage in grid-interactive efficient buildings. His early graduate work focused on residential PV+battery techno-economics and modeling packaged ice storage systems for small commercial applications.

Prior to pursuing his PhD, Karl served eight years in the U.S. Army flying scout helicopters in various places across the globe, from Alabama to Alaska to South Korea. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy, New York, and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines. When not researching, Karl spends [all] his time trying to keep up with his two young boys.