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Kate is Research Manager working in the CSIRO Energy Systems (ES) Program. Kate leads the Transport Electrification team focusing on the unique Australian context. Kate's research passion is intent on addressing the challenges in the Australian energy sector to navigate its transition to future net-zero emissions.

Kate's research interests include:
- Renewable Energy Powerhouse mission-in-development: delivering sovereign solutions from Australia critical minerals to the energy system.
- Renewable energy Australian grid integration and support (including battery energy storage systems - identifying and pursuing best practice in Standards adoption. with BESS performance and capability testing)
- Building Energy Efficiency through use, design, development and testing HVAC&R technologies with the National Heating, Ventilation & Air-Conditioning (HVAC) Performance Test Facility.
- stakeholder and data engagement to ensure appropriate and trusted resources in the National Energy Analytics Research (NEAR) Program, enabling insight and evidence based decision making for the Australian energy system.

Other Interests

Kate supports energy innovation to through commercial utilisation of Energy Systems facilities, expertise and services to complement research, engagement and influence in industry practice.

Kate is also an advocate for development and sponsorship of Women in Science and Engineering.

Current Roles

  • Transport Electrification Team Leader
    Driving research and activity for Australia's energy transformation

Academic Qualifications

  • 2023

    Executive Ready Program
    Women & Leadership Australia

  • 2015

    Masters of Engineering Science with Distinction
    University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW 2300

  • 2009

    Bachelor of Science with Honours (Biological and Organic Chemistry), Thesis title: Reactivity and Mutagenicity of Nitrobenzyloxyl-Substituted N-Acyloxyamides and O-Alkyl-N-Acyloxy-N-Alkoxycarbamates
    University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351

  • 2008

    Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)
    University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351